Malaysian Pastors Are Disappearing: Why Is Our Government Silent?


At 10.30am on February 13 this year, Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo was abducted by masked men in broad daylight in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The abduction was done by professionals; in less than sixty seconds the five men leapt from expensive SUVs and grabbed Pastor Raymond. Three of the vehicles blocked oncoming traffic while one of the men directed traffic away from the incident. Another man calmly filmed the operation. This was a carefully planned and executed kidnapping.

Despite pleas from Pastor Raymond’s wife Susanna and coverage even in government-friendly English language newsmedia, his whereabouts remain unknown.

Police did not inform Susanna of her husband’s abduction. She learned of it ten hours after it happened when a mutual friend called asking why her husband had missed a meeting.

This is not the first time Pastor Raymond has been targeted for persecution because of his faith. In 2011, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) raided a thanksgiving dinner the pastor was holding at Damansara Utama Methodist Church and charged him with the crime of proselytising to Muslims. In Malaysia, it is illegal for Muslims to convert to Christianity. Former Muslims who have accepted Christ live in constant fear and economic insecurity, as extended family or acquaintances can easily ruin their life by informing on them to the Islamic authorities.

Why don’t we hear about that on 60 Minutes? Is it because the establishment media in Australia is more interested in making everyday Australians feel ashamed about the Muslim economic migrants who come here, and showing Christians being persecuted doesn’t fit their narrative? SBS, doesn’t that make you, by your own standards, racist?

Persecution of Christians is usually covered up in the Malaysian media as well. The Malaysian government has shut down media outlets in the past, such as the now-defunct Malaysian Insider, when their reporting has raised issues of corruption and religious and racial persecution.

Pastor Raymond’s family is now offering RM100,000 (AU$30,000) for information leading to his safe return.

Pastor Hilmy and wife Ruth.

Unfortunately, and in a worrying trend for all of Malaysia’s Christians, Pastor Raymond is not the only Christian leader who has been abducted recently. According to locals, Pastor Joshua Hilmy, a former Muslim and ethnic Malay, went missing on November 30, 2016. He had received threatening phone calls in the lead-up to his disappearance, and there are unsubstantiated rumours that he has been taken to an Islamic re-education centre in Pahang State. His car is also missing and his family have no idea of his whereabouts.

These attacks upon Malaysia’s Christians are only the latest in a series of worsening incidents of religious persecution by the Islamic authorities in Malaysia. Religious and racial discrimination is commonplace in Malaysia; under the bumiputra system, only Malays and certain minorities are able to access benefits such as preferential access to education, discount home loan rates, government jobs and bank accounts with higher rates of interest. It has become a form of Islamic jizya tax upon non-Muslims in the country. This type of Islamic persecution of non-Malays has been a key driver of the Indian and Chinese diaspora out of the country.

This creates a negative feedback loop for the country, as the brain drain leads to ever-worsening economic conditions and the loss of valuable human capital for the country. The loss of revenue from these higher-educated minorities leaving also leads to the government squeezing those Indians and Chinese who remain even harder for extra tax revenues.

The pressure on the Christian community in Malaysia is growing. As with every Islamic nation around the world, Muslim chauvinism is getting bolder and more violent. It is unthinkable for a former Muslim to try and change their Identity Card religious status from Muslim to Christian. They know they might not leave the police station alive. They have also learned to keep quiet and be very careful about sharing their faith. This has been happening while Wahhabist fundamentalism, funded out of Saudi Arabia, is growing exponentially in the country. The trend does not bode well for Malaysia’s Christians.

That such racial and religious persecution is growing in a country with historic and regional links to Australia while our government says and does nothing is shameful. Our government weeps crocodile tears for imaginary war crimes by the government in Syria, while our fellow Christians in a neighbouring country are being hounded, persecuted and now possibly murdered. Does our country stand for anything any more?

Until the Asian Currency Crisis, Malaysia was the leading hope for South East Asia and was on its way to First World status. Those days are now long gone. The oil revenues are drying up and the lavish welfare state set up to benefit the Malay majority at the expense of the Indian and Chinese minorities is bankrupting the country. As conditions worsen in the country, its slide toward Third World status is only going to accelerate.

At the centre of all the corruption, degradation and cronyism which is spreading throughout Malaysian society stands the beady-eyed face of its Prime Minister, Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak. He and his wife Rosmah Mansor are notorious for their greed and illegality. Known for demanding that companies be handed over to her and physically abusing underlings who were not sufficiently deferential, Rosmah in particular has become a symbol of all that is going wrong with Malaysia for the everyday people there.


Most outrageous of all of PM Najib’s many scandals is the 1MDB affair, in which he and his family directly stole 1 billion dollars from a state investment fund. The vampire squid of the globalist financial oligarchy, Goldman Sachs, helped arrange the deal. Even Obama’s deeply corrupt Department of Justice had to open a lawsuit in relation to the outcry, although nothing substantial came of it.

There was a time when even the most radical imams and corrupt officials would not have dared to lay a finger on the Christians in Malaysia. They rightly feared the repercussions from the West. Now, they know they can act with impunity. Our governments care more for the welfare of Muslim economic migrants here than they do for the Christians in Muslim lands, the most persecuted group in the world.

To the Australian media soaked in identity politics and political games about refugees, why do you care nothing for the plight of the world’s Christians? You browbeat Australians constantly that we are cruel because we do not give in to those who hate us, while those who share our values and beliefs are being murdered and tortured in higher numbers than at any time in history and you say nothing. Are you cowards, haters, or both?

Malaysia’s Christians are feeling the pressure, and they feel let down by the Western nations that they used to look to for leadership. Our politicians must decide when they will take a stand. Will it be now when some pastors are disappearing, or will they wait until we are seeing mass executions not far from Australia’s northern border?

First they came for the pastors, but I did not speak up because I was not a pastor…

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