Some two thousand Christians from various denominations in Sibu gathered at Hoover Square on 9 March from 7:30pm-8:30pm to pray in solidarity for Pastor Raymond Koh who has been abducted since 13 February and remains unaccounted for thus far.
Rev Dr Tie King Tai, President of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference, led the congregation in prayer that God Almighty will protect His servant Raymond Koh and strengthen his family in His loving presence; that the investigation into the abduction will be thorough and effective; that the hearts of the abductors will be softened and repent in turn; that justice will prevail in Malaysia and all Malaysians will enjoy a harmonious society.
The congregation then prayed individually in silence to show support for Koh’s family.
Similar vigils around Sarawak were also held in Sarikei at Nyelong Park Methodist Church on the 9th of March, Bintulu at Ming Ong Methodist Church on the 11th of March and Kuching at Plaza Merdeka on the 12th of March.
These vigils were not about race or politics or religion but for the safety of every individual and peaceful harmony among every race and religion in Malaysia.
Rev Raymond Koh, 62, Koh was reported to have been taken forcibly from his car while on his way to a friend’s house in Kelana Jaya on 13 February by a group of masked men.
By Saffron Lee