Pastor’s abduction sign of rising religious intolerance, says Singapore daily https://t.co/7TkbzpYtE3
THE abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh is a sign of rising religious intolerance in Malaysia and echoes the murder of Dr Joe Fernandez, a Kedah assemblyman, in 2000. The Straits Times said today Koh’s son, Jonathan, found a package in 2011 addressed to his father with a note written in red: “Laknat Kristian 1. Joe Fernandez. 2. Lu” (Damn Christian. No. 1 Joe Fernandez. No. 2 You). The Singapore daily drew parallels between Dr Fernandez’s death – he was shot by two assailants in Bukit Mertajam – and Koh’s abduction on February 13, saying that both were linked to alleged attempts to convert Muslims to Christianity. Malaysian authorities have long claimed that the doctor was killed by members of Kumpulan Mujahiddin Malaysia (KMM), a splinter group of the al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah. Koh’s death threat six years ago also came following allegations that he was trying to conve...