Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A RCI with expended scope?

A Bernama report has reported the Prime Minister as saying today that the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to be set up following the death of Teoh Beng Hock will take into account the findings of the Inquest.

The Malaysian Insider has carried the similar story with the title “Najib signals back down in scope of Royal Comm”.

Has the Prime Minister really backed down and decided that the RCI will investigate Beng Hock’s cause of death.

A clearer statement is needed.

However, if Najib’s statement means that the RCI’s terms of reference will include investigating the cause of Beng Hock’s death, it is a good and welcomed move.

DAP has been stressing that the RCI must investigate the cause of death, so has the Teoh family.

The question that Najib should still answer is why such a RCI can’t be formed immediately. ?

Why do we need an Inquest if we can have a more comprehensive RCI? Do we have to go through the sequence as claimed by Najib?

The government’s stand that Inquest must be first conducted has been questioned.

Unless the Prime Minister can categorically state that the Cabinet is forbidden by law from immediately setting up a comprehensive RCI to investigate the cause of Beng Hock’s death, he must not delay the formation.

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