Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Three More Dead Pygmy Elephants

Since my last month’s post on a second pachyderm murder in Sabah – three more have been found dead. 

A bull elephant was found floating in the Kinabatangan River on November 03. The Sabah Wildlife Department confirmed foul play was involved in the death of the pygmy elephant with the toes of the animal’s front two feet sawed off.

Last weekend, two more elephant carcasses were found – one in Kinabatangan, a satellite-collared elephant believed to have been poisoned, and the second, a calf in a mud pit. 

This is getting worrisome. I wish Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew (right), who is also tourism, culture and environment minister will stop blabbering and do something to stop these killings. 

So far, five dead pachyderms in a span of two months and I fear it won’t be the last! 

Malaysian police have set up a special task force to re-investigate the 2009 death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

This follows a July 16 order by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas (right) to reopen the case, which was classified as a Sudden Death Report. Teoh had fallen to his death at the Selangor MACC office in 2009, having been called there for questioning to assist investigations into a corruption case. 

On January 05, 2011, the coroner’s court ruled that Teoh’s death was neither suicide nor homicide. This led to Teoh’s brother, Meng Kee, filing an appeal against the open verdict, which was dismissed by the High Court on December 01. 

Meng Kee filed a second appeal to the Court of Appeal on February 10, 2012. 

And the Court of Appeal‎, had on September 05, 2014, set aside the coroner’s open verdict. A three-man panel, chaired by judge Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, ruled that‎ Teoh’s death was caused by multiple injuries from a fall from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam due to or accelerated by unlawful acts by unknown persons including the MACC officers involved in his investigation. 

No more cover-ups, please!

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