Friday, July 24, 2009

RCI must investigate the cause of death of Beng Hock

The family of Sdr Teoh Beng Hock has declared that they reject the Royal Commission of Inquiry ( RCI) announced by the Prime Minister.

They find it unacceptable that the RCI will not investigate the cause of Beng Hock's death.

The family's stand does not come as a surprise to me or Malaysians.

In fact, I believe that majority of the people also reject the Cabinet's decision.

It is simply puzzling that the Cabinet has made such a decision --not empowering the RCI to investigate Beng Hock's cause of death.

This certainly is not what the family and Malaysians have asked and hoped for.

The Cabinet's decision to set up an Inquest to investigate the cause of death has become a joke as a decision whether to form an Inquest or otherwise does not require a Cabinet level deliberation and decision.

I will say that a RCI that does not investigate Beng Hock's cause of death lacks public credibility.

If the Cabinet truly respects the wishes of the Malaysian people who are eager to know the truth, nothing but the truth, it has only one option-- to allow the RCI to investigate the cause of death.

Teoh's family members have expressed their wish to see the Prime Minister on their request that a comprehensive RCI be set up. The RCI terms of reference should, among other matters also include the reasons for the cause of death of Beng Hock

The Prime Minister should meet with the family members now, instead of after the outcome of the Inquest and the RCI.

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