Teoh’s sudden death: RCI is simply theaterics

The shocking discovery of Political Secretary Teoh Beng Hock on Thursday afternoon sent ripples through the spine of sensationalised news across the nation. Apparently, Teoh an aide to Selangor DAP man State Exco Ean Yong was in the MACC office since Wednesday evening for ten hours, talking to the officers. It was in a midst of highly controversial investigations of DAP elected representatives in misappropriation of state funds. It was also at a time where two PKR YBs acused the DAP YBs including State Excos of being involved in the Lords of Underworld Vices.

Police classified the discovery of the lifeless body which was discovered at 145pm on the roof top of an adjacent building that housed the MACC as ‘sudden death’. Later was established that Teoh was allowed to leave after the interview at 345am. However, he asked to rest at the MACC sofa. He was last seen alive by Pakatan Rakyat appointed Kajang Municipal Councillor Tan Boon Wah at 600am.

Upon the discovery, there were so much emotions, mostly in anguish and enfuriated. Some is believed to be theaterics. Others are thought to be politically motivated. Heads rolled, especially by the DAP Leaders. WIthin hours of the shocking news, DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng was quick to blame the MACC to be responsible for the ‘sudden death’, failing to even establish the real cause of death, let alone who is involved at least to identify the last persons with him alive.

The theaterics of the typical Opposition then followed suit. Former abuse-of-power convict Anwar “Drama King” Ibrahim was quick to organise a demonstration outside Plaza Masalam, the building where Teoh’s body was found. Then a rally was organised on Sunday afternoon. It does not reflect response of the Malaysian public as only 3,000 people turned up (depsite it was a lazy Sunday afternoon and the Police did not even attempt to disallow this rally). The fact that 80% of the attendees were of one ethnic group shows the larger of Malaysian majority could not even be bothered to show their dismay and anguish for the case.

Of course, the SOP theaterics of the Oppositions would call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to be formed and investigate on the ‘sudden death’.

The Star has the story:

Teoh’s death: DAP rally calls for Royal Commission of Inquiry

By NURBAITI HAMDAN

PETALING JAYA: A special gathering of DAP leaders over the death of Teoh Beng Hock pressed for the setting up of of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who was one of the leaders who spoke at the Kelana Jaya Stadium Sunday, said they were still “sad and angry” over the incident that had shocked the nation.

“How can a person walk into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office as a witness and come out a dead man?” he asked.

Lim was one of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders who attended the gathering in Kelana Jaya Stadium Sunday to mark the death of Teoh, a political aide to to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

He also urged MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan to take responsibility for the death by stepping down from his post.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in his speech questioned the commission’s inaction on allegations of corruption against Barisan Nasional as former state government, headed by Datuk Seri Mohd Khir Toyo.

“Why is it only Pakatan that comes under the scrutiny of the commission? How come the commission never probes into the allegations against Mohd Khir?” he said.

Thousands of Pakatan supporters thronged the stadium, most of them wearing black, with banners and posters of Teoh.

Among the banners read ‘MACC Murderer?’ and ‘Justice For Beng Hock’.

White chrysanthemums, traditionally associated with death in Chinese community, were also distributed among the crowd at the rally that lasted more than two hours.

A few supporters were also seen burning Malay dailies after the speeches ended.

Pakatan leaders who attended the gathering included DAP president Karpal Singh, Kelantan PAS deputy commissioner II Datuk Husam Musa, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, state exco member Elizabeth Wong and Teresa Kok.

Teoh was giving a statement to the commission, after which he was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam last Thursday.

His body was found nine floors below the commission’s office on the 14th floor of the building at 1.30pm.

Teoh was assisting the commission in investigations pertaining to alleged misappropriation of allocations involving several Selangor assemblymen.

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The fact is that, if only 3,000 people attended and 80% of the attndees are ethnics who are only 26% minority, it is not reflective an illustration of  “sad and angry over the incident that had shocked the nation”. Besides DAP and PKR Leaders who would capitalise on opportunity like this to demonstrate their thearterical politics, none of the prominent PAS Leaders who represent the Malay-Muslim majority bothered to attend.

It is still too early to call for an RCI, if there is any shred of reason to do so. The Police have not finished their investigations yet. The Police will use reports from the pathologists, statements taken from people like MACC officers who are involved with Teoh, Plaza Masalam security personnel and even people who are known to see Teoh alive, like Pakatan Rakyat appointed Kajang Municipal Councillor Tan Boon Wah. As reported yesterday, Tan refused to give co-operation on the Police investigations. It is not known why Tan refused but  rumours are spreading that Tan has the information pertinent to the case being investigated by MACC that is somehow linked to Teoh.

The question for the reason to call for an RCI is unclear except to play into the theaterics of DAP politics, which in the past 40 years have been known to capitalise every single opportunity to belittle, if not demonize the authorities, especially the Police Force.

The “Thirteen Million Ringgit” question: Had the ‘sudden death’ been anyone other than a DAP and/or of Chinese ethnic, found dead after an interview MACC, for example an UMNO clerk from Benut or Kuala Pilah, would DAP Leaders come out strong to demand for an RCI?

The truth is that, the past 49 years since Emergency was declared over by HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong III Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalulail, thousands of Policemen and military personnels, most of the them Malays being gunned down by bandits, Communist Terrorists or gangsters of the underworld, who are predominantly Chinese. Never once DAP came out and strongly demanded for an RCI to investigate any of these gunning, sometime in cold blood of the people who actually paid meagrely to risk their lives to provide Malaysians, regardless race or faith, the blanket of protection and security they so enjoy and took for granted.

One of the person being gunned in cold blood was the former IGP. The gunning down of the IGP Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim on 7 June 1974 in broad day light in Kuala Lumpur is actually in the interest of the majority and nation, especially when it was said that CTs are the people responsible for the assassination. Where was the DAP then and their “Call for RCI” when the IGP was gunned down? Why didn’t the DAP organise something for the funeral of Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim?

For that the demand for an RCI for this ‘sudden death’ case  is nothing but theaterical politics, especially for DAP whose leaders are being linked to the Lords of the Underworld Vices. These linkages are made known not by BN Leaders, but by PKR elected representatives, who are actually strange-bedfellows to the ‘marriage-of-invonvenience’ for the ‘unholy union’ of Pakatan Rakyat.

We at BigDogDotCom are very sympathetic to the Teoh family, Madam Soh Cher Wei and friends for their loss. Never the less, we have the complete faith in the professionalism of the Royal Malaysian Police, namely Chief Constable Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, CID Chief Commissioner of Police Dato’ Mohd. Bakri Zinin, SB Chief Commissioner of Police Dato’ Ramli Shaari, Selangor CPO Deputy Commissioner of Police Dato’ Khalid Abu Bakar and their offcers to solve this mystery of Teoh Beng Hock’s ‘sudden death’.

*Updated Wednesday 22 July 2009 0830hrs

The current Criminal Procedure Code(CPC) under the Police Act is comprehensive on dealing with sudden death. Then, a High Court inquest on the sudden death would be as good as any RCI.

Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 13:45  Comments (40)