Thursday, March 11, 2010

Like the Malaysian Weather

The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock was again blanketed in uncertainty. The Star describes it well: “Now, doc says Teoh wasn’t strangled” (March 11, 2010, p N14). Dr. Shahidan had yesterday reiterated that Teoh’s death was purely due to falling from a height. This government pathologist is like our Malaysian climate – one minute it decides to be very hot and humid; another minute, it decides to be wet and squally, thereby illustrating the fast-changing weather. And the same newspaper has this to say: “Ironically, on March 1, Dr. Shahidan had agreed with Teoh’s family lawyer Gobind Singh Deo and state-appointed counsel Malik Imtiaz Sarwar during cross-examination that Teoh may have been strangled or choked prior to his death”. Won’t this make you wonder what the weather will be like tomorrow?

This same newspaper printed a dare by Penang Chief Minister to the Inspector-General of Police to name BN leaders against whom the police have lodged reports. This was in response to the IGP’s assurance that the police were fair to all, that the police have lodged reports against individuals, including politicians from both sides of the political divide and are not biased! I cannot blame Lim Guan Eng for being peeved about it because Pakatan leaders did receive “special treatment”. As he retorted, “Why send 10 officers to take statements from me and my exco members?” – which was of course, reported in this newspaper too (p N22).

And there’s also news about A Kugan, the person (or suspect, as some people might refer him as) who died while under police custody. Many people are obviously not happy about this – more so Kugan’s mom. For a start, constable V Navindran from the USJ police station was charged on October 01, 2009 with causing grievous hurt to Kugan – not, murder! The guy died, didn’t he? And the story gets better – only one police officer was charged! Kugan’s mother had wanted to hand over a petition to the King – asking the latter to intervene in the matter of her son’s death because she failed to “get justice” from the authorities. Of course, she didn’t succeed because palace officials told her and other accompanying supporters that no appointment had been made to hand over the petition (ibid, p N29). Of course lah! You think it’s so easy to just drop by at the Palace to hand over a piece of paper ah?

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