Monday, May 30, 2011

RCI Revelations 5

I spent last weekend marking eighty-eight scripts – these pertain to a Mid-Term Test that I conducted last Thursday for my BMB2206 Marketing Management class. To be honest, I am not looking forward to marking scripts for the Final exams because when the time comes, it is going to be one burdensome workload.

The RCI investigating Teoh Beng Hock’s high-profile death is to submit a report to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by June 25, 2011, almost two years after the DAP political aide fell to his death outside the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Shah Alam – having concluded on May 10, 2011 after hearing testimony from 70 witnesses.

The MACC has argued that Teoh committed suicide to protect the party and his boss, Selangor executive councilor Ean Yong Hian Wah, from being exposed as corrupt. Two local psychiatrists – Dr Bada’iah Yahya from Johor’s Hospital Permai and Dr Nor Hayati Ali from the Mental Health and Psychiatry Department of Selayang Hospital – have expressed the opinion that Teoh was in a troubled state of mind when MACC officers came to his office at the state secretariat building and before he was brought to the MACC office on July 15, 2009.

This contradicted visiting professor from the London Institute of Psychiatry, Dr Paul Mullen’s report that insisted Teoh was in a low risk group for suicide. A Star news report did mention that the two local psychiatrists (i.e. Badariah and Nor Hayati) also said that Teoh’s attitude and personality did not show he was suicidal (May 11, 2011, p N21, lines 57-59).

The RCI, which is chaired by sitting Federal Court judge James Foong, was tasked to unravel the mysterious circumstances behind Teoh’s death and to look into MACC’s investigation methods. I cannot wait to read the verdict but I am not so optimistic!

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