Saturday, October 10, 2009

Why are A Kugan and Teoh Beng Hock issues considered sensitive in Bagan Pinang by election?

I was informed by DAP Bagan Pinang by election operation center that since the nomination day, the Election Commission had removed or gave instructions to remove publicity banners and billboards put up by DAP.

Among them removed were those which highlighted Kugan and Teoh Beng Hock issues. Reason given for their removal apparently were because these are sensitive issues.

If the Home Minister has rightly allowed media to freely report on such issues since day 1 when these issues happened, why should Election Commission classify them as sensitive.

I challenge the Election Commission to reveal their criteria on deciding on what are considered sensitive issues?

Are they considered sensitive simply because they will affect Barisan Nasional's chances in winning the Bagan Pinang by election?

There are many questions which remain unanswered on Kugan's death. Malaysians and Bagan Pinang voters have a right to be informed of the issue and demand answers.

In January this year, Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail classified Kugan 's death as murder. The post-mortem done by the Head of the Forensic Unit of Serdang Hospital, Dr Abdul Karim Tajuddin, concluded the cause of death as Acute Pulmonary Oedema. A second post mortem conducted by Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) pathologist Dr Prashant N Sambekar had indicated that Kugan had died of Acute Renal Failure due to Rhbdomyolysis due to blunt trauma to skeletal muscles. In April, Attorney-General (AG) Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had assured the family members that if there were foul play on Kugan's death, the culprits would be brought to court as soon as possible.

It was only 8 months later that constable Navindran Vivekanandan was finally charged , not for murder but for lesser charges.He was charged in the Sessions Court with two counts of causing grievous hurt to A.Kugan .

Gani has not satisfactorily explained the delay in charging Navindran, but I am sure he will have come to hear the cynical public joke that it has to take the occurrence of a by election for anyone to be charged in connection with Kugan's death.

Although a cop has finally been charged, public sentiment has not been pacified and many questions nevertheless remain unanswered. Two important questions which are lingering in the public minds are:

1. Why was Navindran not charged with murder or causing death?
2. Why only 1 cop was charged when 11 people were initially suspected?

There have been too many deaths in the Police lock up. Kugan was not the first victim of Police brutality. Justice must be done and seen to be done.

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