Thursday, July 17, 2014

Five Years On, Teoh Beng Hock Waits for Justice

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today is the fifth anniversary of Teoh Beng Hock’s death. Or have Malaysians forgotten?
 
Teoh was found dead at Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on the morning of July 17, 2009, after an overnight interrogation at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Selangor headquarters there.
 
Three MACC officers were said to be responsible, i.e. former Selangor investigations unit head Hishamudin Hashim, assistant enforcement officer Arman Alies and assistant superintendent Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.
 
The trio were implicated when they were singled out by a Royal Commission of Inquiry led by former Court of Appeal judge Steve Shim in a 124-page report released in 2011, two years after Teoh died.

The RCI said that four interrogations endured by Teoh caused him to move from being in the low-risk group for suicide into the high-risk group in just 13 hours. On the trio’s interrogation tactics, the report dubbed Arman “the bully”, Mohd Ashraf “the abuser” and Hishammuddin “the arrogant leader”.
 
But the Attorney-General’s Chamber’s had in 2012 cleared the trio of criminal charges.

Although MACC suspended the trio and launched an internal probe through a committee led by former appellate court judge Mohd Noor Abdullah – this committee had also cleared the three of any wrongdoings. I certainly didn’t find this a surprising outcome.
 
A life has been lost in MACC's custody and MACC don’t see it fit to take action against errant staff. Nobody gets punished.
 
Indeed, Teoh had died in vain. Where is justice in Malaysia?

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