Thursday, July 23, 2009


By M.Perry

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak expressed his heartfelt condolences to Teoh’s family.

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister , Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak , on 22nd July 2009 decided that a royal commission of inquiry will be set up to examine the methods used by Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) to question suspects and witnesses in order to determine if human rights were violated in the case of Teoh Beng Hock.

A separate inquest headed by a magistrate will also to be set up to determine the cause of Teoh’s death

Teoh Beng Hock, 30 years, the political aide to Selangor New Village Development and Illegal Factory Task Force Committee chairman Ean-Yong Hian Wah, from DAP, was discovered dead lying on a fifth floor of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam. He is suspected to have fallen from the 14 th floor where the MACC office is located. MACC summoned Teoh on July 15 in a probe into allegations of misuse of funds by state lawmakers

Since then, the public demanded for a royal enquiry to investigate the cause of Teoh’s death . Pakatan Rakyat as well as MCA, MIC,GERAKAN and UMNO Youth called the government to set a royal commission of inquiry to clear the doubt set in regards the cause of Teoh’s death.

It was reported elsewhere that public are perplexed over the increasing number of death in police custody lately. But, now the public were shocked to hear an aide of a politician who was summoned to MACC office for an interrogation as witness and not as a criminal suspect was found dead. Teoh’s death has cast doubt on public’s mind not only about the cause of Teoh’s death but also on methods and procedures used by MACC in interrogation.

Meanwhile , the public should exercise patience and not mix this unfortunate incident with political interest or elements. The political parties should also refrain from making statements to exploit this unfortunate tragedy for their political mileage.

Najib also assured that the findings of the police investigations will be made public and the family of Teoh will be informed of the outcome of the investigations . Police is reported elsewhere that they have completed 60% of their investigations into Teoh’s death.So, the findings will made public as soon as possible.

Najib’s government attest to the principle of every mans life to be sacrosanct .So, his government will take every effort to find out the truth to upheld justice to Teoh’s family.

By setting up royal commission of inquiry, Najib has evidently manifested that he walks the talk. His government cares about public’s views and perceptions and gives importance to public needs and wishes as he pronounced in 1 Malaysia concept.

Incidently, the media reports elswhere that the DAP's mantor Lim Kit Siang has commented that Najib’s announcement ‘fall short of public expectations and is unsatisfactory’. To put it crudely, Lim Kit Siang's statement is uncalled for, irrelevant and ill intent. Lim Kit Siang's comments are not only unfair but will confuse the public further on this case.

On contrary, the general public across political affiliations , race, ethnic and religion are anxious and welcome Najib’s announcement to set up the royal commission of inquiry because the inquiry will expose the cause of Teoh’s death. Teoh's family members too relieved and welcome Najib's initiative. Teoh's family concern is also our concern and Najib's concern because Teoh's family is deem to be treated as our family member. Teoh does not belong to ONLY Lim Kit Siang or DAP. We are in one family of Malaysians. This is what 1 Malaysia is all about.

With this royal commission’s findings, public earnestly hope that the government will not only enhance and put on track the MACC’ image and intergrity but also make sure that similar case would not happen in future.

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