PETALING JAYA: A well-known church pastor who ran into some controversy for allegedly being involved in an unfounded claim of the proselytizing of Muslims was apparently abducted by a group of men on Monday.
Pastor Raymond Koh was purportedly driving near Jalan Bahagia, SS5 here at about 10am when he was waylaid by a van with several occupants.
According to a viral message posted in Facebook and other social media sources, the van occupants stepped out and snatched Koh before fleeing.
Selangor police CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said police have received a report on the abduction and are carrying out a probe to trace the victim.
"Our priority is the safety of the victim and to find him. There has been no ransom demand made by his abductors for his safe release to date" he said.
Well-wishers and concerned members of Koh's church expressed their shock over his disappearance in Facebook and offered prayers for his safe return.
In 2011, Koh who was executive director of community group Harapan Komuniti ran into issues with the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) when he organised a multi-racial charity event attended by Muslims and non-Muslims at the Damansara Utama Methodist Church here.
The event was disrupted when Jais accompanied by police raided the church following claims that the organising group had held the gathering in an attempt to allegedly entice Muslims to convert to Christianity.
The issue fizzled out due to lack of evidence on the allegations.