Malaysian activist claims he was abducted while tracking missing pastor, police say

A Malaysian activist who disappeared under mysterious circumstances for 11 days claimed to have been abducted while he was in Thailand trying to track down a missing Christian pastor, according to local police.

(REUTERS/ Surapan Boonthanom)Damage is seen at the site of an explosion at Lee Gardens Plaza hotel, in the shopping district of Hat Yai, Songkhla province, April 1, 2012.

On March 31, activist Peter Chong posted a statement on Facebook that described a strange encounter with a young motorcyclist. He said the man had warned him to be careful because there are a lot of people who were going missing. Chong then disappeared days after he posted that update, The Star relays.

In a message sent to Malay Mail Online via WhatsApp, Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said Chong claimed to have been kidnapped in Hadyai while looking for information on the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh. Chong went missing for 11 days but returned to Malaysia on April 16.

"According to him, he had gone to Hadyai with the intention of meeting his source who will reveal more info on the disappearance of Pastor," Singh told the publication in his WhatsApp message. "Upon reaching Hadyai he claims to be kidnapped there and brought to Pattaya. Upon release, he contacted his son who bought his return ticket."

Pastor Koh was kidnapped in Petaling Jaya and has not been heard of since. However, his family has not received any demands for ransom.

Chong, on the other hand, was reported missing by his family after he was last seen at home on April 5. On Wednesday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the activist was not kidnapped and was spotted crossing the Malaysia-Thailand border on April 7, but he also later said they are helping look for him to ensure that he is safe.

According to Dang Wangi district police chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman, police had already taken down Chong's statement upon his arrival at Malaysia. The activist has also been passed on to his family.