08 January 2011
No need for RCI to probe Teoh’s death, says Soi Lek
Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today dismissed calls for a royal commission to probe Teoh Beng Hock’s death, whose scope has been limited to anti-graft investigation methods.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced the formation of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to review the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation procedures.
“The Attorney-General already said he would file for a revision (of the verdict) to look into the cause of death,” Dr Chua told reporters today.
On Wednesday, the Coroner’s Court returned an open verdict in Teoh’s inquest, which means it could not ascertain how the 30-year-old DAP political aide had fallen to his death in 2009.
The PM said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail had expressed his dissatisfaction with Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas’s verdict and would file for a revision soon at the Shah Alam High Court.
Najib has also said the RCI could not look into the cause of Teoh’s death as the law mandated such investigations to be done through the coroner’s office.
Teoh’s family, the Bar Council and the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam), however, have demanded the PM to expand the powers of the RCI.
The Teoh family’s lawyer, Gobind Singh Deo, said yesterday it was meaningless and a waste of public funds to set up an RCI that could not investigate how Teoh had plunged to his death.
Bar Council president Ragunath Kesavan also stressed that the Najib administration was obliged to give the family closure.
Teoh’s sister Lee Lan accused Najib yesterday of failing to honour his promise that the Teoh family would know how her brother died.
She expressed her disappointment with Najib’s announcement of setting up an RCI that lacked the powers to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding Teoh’s death.
Lee Lan pointed out that the coroner had noted there were pre-fall injuries and had singled out the injury to Teoh’s neck.
She also said when the family met Najib two years ago after Teoh died, the PM personally pledged he would see to it the family will know how Teoh fell nine floors to his death.
The former political secretary to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah was found dead on the fifth floor service corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on July 16, 2009.
MACC officials had earlier interrogated him overnight at its then-Selangor headquarters on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam on allegations that his former boss had abused state funds.
Today however, Dr Chua questioned Lee Lan’s claims of Najib’s vow to the family.
“Do you know what the prime minister said to the family? Were you there?” he asked a reporter who had highlighted Lee Lan’s claims.
“It is not fair to say what the family said is true and what the prime minister said is not true,” added Dr Chua.
He also stressed that Teoh’s death should not be used to gain political mileage.
“We extend our fullest sympathy but it should not be politicised,” he said.
Not bad la CSL...always in hotel room but still have time to come out and make statements.... The government should have a RCI on Dr Chua 'A' rated academy performance with his mistress in bed instead. This will be money well spent and all Malaysians get to see them, with uncut version, and maybe can use this for the History lesson, which we all will need to be passed in the future. What you say, Dr Chua?
MCA should be rename MRDA = Malaysian Running Dog Association. Dog insult the Chinese please. Most Chinese (the decent ones) have nothing to do with the soiled leg species.
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