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Malaysia’s most secret taskforce terms of reference

Family members of Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat

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Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged) continues to be dismayed by the secrecy surrounding the terms of reference of the “taskforce” formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs to investigate Suhakam’s conclusion that the Special Branch, Bukit Aman abducted social activist Amri Che Mat and Pastor Raymond Koh.

Caged wonders whether any of the seven persons who, to date, have accepted nominations to the “taskforce” have seen the terms of reference.

Caged had previously objected to three of the members on the basis of conflicts of interest: Rahim Uda, Zamri Yahya and Mokhtar Mohd Noor. Mokhtar has withdrawn. Rahim and Zamri remain.

Caged wonders whether the remaining four members of the “taskforce” have objected to Rahim and Zamri’s presence, since their presence will discredit the entire “taskforce.”

Caged re-iterates that the “taskforce” will remain bogus for as long as Rahim and Zamri remain in it and for as long as the terms of reference are not in accordance with Suhakam’s recommendations.

Caged is astonished that after more than 16 weeks since Suhakam released its report, the ministry has not properly constituted an investigation taskforce to do what the police failed to do: find the missing men and bring to book the perpetrators of so great a crime.

Caged calls upon the ministry to show some sense of urgency.

Citizens Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged)

26 July 2019

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