Pattaya police asked to check on Peter Chong’s abduction claim

Malaysian police are waiting for feedback from Thai police in Pattaya on Peter Chong’s claim that he was abducted in Thailand, New Straits Time Online reported on Tuesday.

Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar warned by Chong would face the consequences if it was proven that Chong’s claim was false and was intended to cause panic.

“He has wasted police resources and time,” he told reporters after attending senior officers’ rank-pinning and 2016 Police Excellence Service at Bukit Aman on Tuesday.

Police in Hat Yai on Monday said they had not received any report on the activist who claimed he was kidnapped in Hat Yai and later taken to Pattaya.

Khalid also dismissed claim that Chong’s disappearance was linked to Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction as well as two other cases of which a pastor, Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth, and Perlis-based activist Amri Che Mat have been reported missing.

Chong re-emerged in Malaysia on Sunday after he was reported missing for about two weeks. He told police he was abducted in Hat Yai and taken to Pattaya by a source who had information on Koh. He claimed he was released in Pattaya and sought help from the Malaysian embassy in Bangkok to arrange for his flight home.