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Monday, April 10, 2017

Activist goes missing after 'strange' Facebook post

PETALING JAYA - Another activist, former Petaling Jaya city councillor Peter Chong, has gone missing, just over a week after he posted on his Facebook of being approached by a stranger warning him to take care of himself.

This is the fifth such case of a missing activist in recent months, following the disappearance of pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo, activist Amri Che Mat, and pastor Joshua Hilmy and wife Ruth.

Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0, in a statement yesterday, said Chong has been missing for over two days, and that there had been no news of his whereabouts despite his son having lodged a police report.

“Indeed this is a very sad day for all Malaysians that disappearances are happening here and yet there has been little assurances or news from the police on their efforts to locate the missing persons.

“We request for an urgent meeting with Inspector-General of Police (Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar) to obtain an update on their actions to locate these missing persons,” the Bersih 2.0 steering committee said in the statement.

On March 31, Chong had posted on Facebook that he was approached by a young motorcyclist who said he recognised him from various protests and candlelight vigils he attended.

The person then told Chong to “be careful” as there are a lot of individuals going missing lately, and that people knew where the victims are living, before telling him to “take care”.

Amri went missing on Nov 25, 2016, followed by the disappearance of Joshua Hilmy, a former Muslim and ethnic Malay, and his wife Ruth on Nov 30, 2016, before Koh was abducted by masked men on Feb 13 this year.

Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman, who confirmed police received a report on Chong's disappearance, said investigations are underway.

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