Friday, January 7, 2011

Meaningless Inquest



I celebrated David’s birthday with my lunch buddies. I only managed to capture David Chong in these few photos. It’s alright if we are not “seen” because David’s the one who loves the limelight anyway. The others who were also there included Seng Lee, Soon Meng, Michael, Walter and I. All of us are from the School of Business at Sunway University.

Today was my first Toastmasters meeting for 2011. The MIHRM Toastmasters Club had invited me to be their General Evaluator. Two Toastmasters who stood out deserved mention: Edwin Wong delivered a good speech (CC speech #5) and Mano gave a good evaluation (of Francis Chiong’s advanced speech). I also participated in the Table Topics session – I didn’t set out to take part but with Stephen Fernando as the Table Topics Master, I couldn’t avoid not being summoned. Anyway, I came away with a white ribbon for being voted Best Table Topics speaker. And I have, since my last report, sold another 16 tickets for K Loghan's workshop tomorrow.

Yesterday, the Bar Council had similarly described the Teoh Beng Hock inquest as “meaningless”. As their president Ragunath Kesavan said in a media statement: “While it is heartening that the coroner ruled out suicide, the inability to make a definitive finding is unsatisfactory, and leaves many issues unresolved in this matter of great public interest.

Ragunath made a very pertinent point. “The coroner failed to consider a vital aspect of the matter: Teoh was under the custody of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) when he died, which invariably places the burden on the MACC to account for his death”. Enough said – let’s see what Najib does. The Teoh Beng Hock case is not over until justice is seen to be done.

Prime Minister Najib Razak had met with Teoh’s family on July 28 two years ago and assured them “no stone will be left unturned in finding out the real cause of death and, if there is any foul play, action will definitely be taken”. So now is Najib’s turn to keep his word.

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