Activist Peter Chong apologizes for trouble caused by his disappearance

Malaysian activist and former Petaling Jaya councilor Peter Chong, who claimed to have been abducted in Thailand while seeking information about a missing pastor, has apologized to his family, friends, and relatives for all the trouble that his disappearance had caused.

(REUTERS / Stringer)Onlookers gather as police inspect the damage on the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2010.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said they will take down Chong's statement regarding the abduction of Christian pastor Raymond Koh. Chong had earlier claimed that he was snatched in Hatyai while trying to meet a person who was supposed to give him information on the missing pastor's case, The Star details.

Pastor Koh was kidnapped by a group of men in Petaling Jaya on Feb. 13. Based on surveillance footage, at least 15 men aboard three black vehicles were involved in the incident.

Chong's family filed a missing person report after he disappeared on April 6, just after Koh's abduction. A week before that, he posted a mysterious statement on Facebook which raised concerns over his safety. However, he returned safely to Malaysia on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Chong thanked the police for the way they handled the missing person report filed by his family. In a statement posted on Facebook on April 19, the activist said the police helped him when he arrived at Kuala Lumpur and also took down his statement, New Straits Times reports.

According to Chong, he tried to file a police report in Pattaya on his alleged abduction but the officer directed him to Hat Yai, since that was where the alleged incident happened. The activist said he will file a report at the local Thai embassy and will cooperate with the police investigating the incident.

In addition, Chong said he will travel back to Hat Yai to file the police report there if he needs to. As of now, he is requesting the media to grant his family privacy.