Saturday, August 27, 2011

Teoh Beng Hock’s death: AG and police must act on the RCI report

( Spoke at DAP Pelangi branch dinner, Ipoh on Saturday, August 27, 2011)

On July 15, 2009, Teoh Beng Hock was called by MACC as a witness to assist in an investigation.
Then he died mysteriously the next day.

As a result of this tragedy which MACC must be held responsible and accountable, a
family lost a pious son, a fiancee lost her soon to be husband and a boy lost his father before he was born.

How a witness could die so mysteriously, the nation wondered and demanded answers. The Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib promised that “no stone would be left unturned “to find the cause of TBH’s death.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) was set up following the Inquest’s open verdict.
But RCI ‘s conclusion has raised more questions than answers.

Although RCI has concluded that TBH had been driven to commit suicide by “aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous” interrogation by three MACC officers, the conclusion was not able to bring a closure to the issue.

Teoh family was very disappointed with and rejected the RCI findings and conclusion.

I was told that some Chinese believe that when a person dies, he becomes a
ghost. I learned that TBH’s mother, when asked to comment on the RCI report, had told a Chinese newspaper that she hoped her son the ghost would avenge his own death.

These are the words and feelings of a mother who had waited and hoped for more than two years for the truth of her son’s death and for justice to be done. Yet she ended up totally heart broken.

Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib said that there should be a closure on TBH issue with the release of RCI report and findings. How can there be a closure when the RCI findings and conclusion have been so widely questioned?

Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk N.H. Chan has called the three judges on the five-man panel “three blind mice” for concluding that Teoh killed himself despite lacking expert opinion.

It has been more than two months since the RCI report was submitted to the Agong and government. It has also been more than a month since the RCI report was made public.

But two key questions have remained unanswered.

Firstly, why no action has been taken against the MACC officers implicated in the report for driving TBH to death?

The Attorney General owes Malaysians a public explanation on this question.

Secondly, since the RCI report has implicated the MACC officers, why have not the police arrested them to carry out further probe?

RCI found that the MACC officers had lied. Surely a further probe is a must to find out what had been covered up.

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