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Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan is glad to announce the new date for the submission of parliamentary petition/petisyen rakyat to Dewan Rakyat is now on 24 November 2014 (Monday).
Date : 24 November 2014, Monday
Time : 10.00 am
Gather Point : Padang Merbok, Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur
*From Padang Merbok, we will then march to Parliament to submit our petition.
NGO Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy yang menuntut keadilan atas kematian pembantu politik DAP itu hari ini berhimpun di hadapan pintu masuk parlimen di ibu negara.
Disokong oleh NGO hak asasi Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) dan anggota Pemuda DAP, mereka menggesa kerajaan supaya menahan pegawai yang terlibat dengan kematiannya lima tahun lepas.
Malah, kakak Beng Hock pula menyatakan rasa tidak puas hati apabila ketua pegawai penyiasat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Mohd Anuar Ismail yang dinaikkan pangkat daripada gred 44 semasa insiden kepada gred 48 sekarang.
Bagaimanapun, dua lagi pegawai SPRM yang terlibat dalam siasatan itu iaitu Hishammuddin Hashim dan Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus masing-masing kekal dengan gred 54 dan 29.
“(Saya) harap pembunuh Teoh Beng Hock dapat dihukum. (Saya) minta supaya perdana menteri, Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) tunaikan janji beliau kepada keluarga Teoh Beng Hock.
KUALA LUMPUR: The family of the late Teoh Beng Hock has submitted a memorandum in Parliament today, calling for justice to be served for Teoh, who was found dead on July 16, 2009.
In the memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, they call on the police to act according to the court of appeal’s ruling to probe and arrest the persons who caused Teoh’s death.
The memorandum also called on the Attorney-General to charge those involved for culpable homicide under Section 304 of the Penal Code and for Najib to apologise for the failure and the incompetence of the Royal Commission of Inquiry and inquest set up by him to look into the death.
Copies of the memorandum were received by Minister in the Prime Minister’s department Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim and Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin (PKR – Bukit Katil) on behalf of Najib and Anwar respectively.
Teoh’s sister, Lee Lan expressed hope that those responsible for Teoh’s death will be punished accordingly.
Teoh, who was the then political aide to Selangor state exco Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the rooftop of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam in July 2009 after being brought there by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to be investigated by the commission.
An inquest was carried out into Teoh’s death in 2010, which the coroner’s court had said was an open verdict, ruling out suicide and homicide.
However, the court of appeal had overturned the verdict in September, ruled that the death resulted from an unlawful act by a person or persons unknown.
The police have since formed a taskforce to re- investigate the case.
Source: The Sun Daily
More than 40 people, including MPs from DAP, protested at Parliament gate, urging Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to walk his talk, and punish those responsible for the death of Teoh Beng Hock.
They also held pictures of the three MACC officials who were allegedly involved in the death of the former political aide, saying they are now “wanted”.
They are former Selangor MACC investigations unit head Hishamuddin Hashim, investigation officer Mohd Anuar Ismail and assistant superintendent Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.
Teoh Beng Hock’s parents, namely Teoh Leong Hwee and Teng Shuw Hor, were also present.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, Dapsy Chief Teo Kok Seong, Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, and Taiping MP Nga Kor Ming were also there.
After the protestors entered into Parliament to submit a memorandum, another group of protestors, Pertubuhan Minda and Social Prihatin, happened to be at the same site, had a brief dispute with Teoh’s supporters.
Najib had in 2009 promised that the government would find out what had happened to the 30-year-old, who was found dead on a ledge outside the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s office.
A Royal Commission of Inquiry into the circumstances of Teoh’s death established that he had been put through three strenuous rounds of interrogation, and then endured another round of intense questioning by the trio.
The panel postulated that the intense interrogations had pushed Teoh to the brink and that he had eventually committed suicide.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer, who headed a controversial investigation that led to the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, has been promoted.
According to a parliamentary written reply, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low said Mohd Anuar Ismail, who was a Grade 44 investigation officer during the incident in 2009, is now Grade 48.
However, two other MACC officers involved in the probe, Hishammuddin Hashim and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus, remain at the same ranks – Grade 54 and Grade 29 – respectively.
It made no mention when the promotion took place.
The reply was in response to a query by Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, who requested for the current status of the three officers.
Hishammuddin and Ashraf were singled out by a royal commission of inquiry into Teoh’s death for their role in interrogating the political aide, labelling them “arrogant leader” and “abuser” respectively.
A third officer, Arman Alies was also labelled as a “bully” by the commission.
However, the parliamentary written reply today made no reference to Arman as his name was not raised in Teo’s question.
The written reply said action would be taken against the officers if they have found to have committed any wrongdoing.
This comes after the Court of Appeal in September found that the MACC was liable for Teoh’s death and ordered police to re-investigate the case.
It overruled a 2011 coroner’s court decision which said Teoh was driven to suicide by intensive questioning.
The three MACC officers who were singled out by the royal commission of inquiry for their role in Teoh’s interrogation were never punished.
“The unwillingness to take action against the trio is either a silent protest against the finding of the three learned Court of Appeal judges, or a cover up.
“Whichever the case, it will for sure render our judiciary system a mockery.
“Have we become a nation where there are wrongful acts but no wrongdoers?” said Teo, who has been assisting Teoh’s family.
Teoh was called in as a witness by the MACC on July 15, 2009 to facilitate investigations in an alleged corruption case involving his then boss Ean Yong Hian Wah, who is Sri Kembangan state assemblyperson.
He was found dead the next morning after plunging from the 14th floor to the fifth floor of the Selangor MACC headquarters building at that time in Shah Alam.
Ean Yong was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
INTERVIEW National laureate A Samad Said has lamented the Malay community’s apparent apathy when a member of their own becomes a victim of custodial death.
Samad, who is more fondly known as Pak Samad, said this is apparent in the case of Customs officer Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed and political aide Teoh Beng Hock, who both died under mysterious conditions after plunging to their death from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) buildings.
He said following Teoh’s death, the NGOs from the Chinese community had been vocal in demanding for justice, but the same passion is not seen among Malay NGOs in Ahmad Sarbaini’s case.
“I don’t know why Malay NGOs often do not take this up, I think there are many Malay NGOs that go in a different direction.
“Malays have also suffered the same fate as Teoh but perhaps there is a lack of attention among Malays on the matter.
“The Chinese community is more aware this is a problem that needs to be tackled and resolved or else it will keep repeating and that is bad for democracy,” he said.
Samad (left) attributed this apathy to a lack of awareness concerning human rights and admitted that getting Malay NGOs interested is a challenge.
However, he suggested that they emulate NGOs such as the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy which he leads.
The 79-year-old also criticised those who were focussed on the afterlife but paid little attention to the issue of custodial deaths.
Elaborating on his own NGO, Samad said a fund-raising dinner will be held on Dec 5.
He added the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is not solely in assisting Teoh’s family but also helps other custodial death victims and to raise awareness on the issue.
“That is what we can do as we are constrained by limited funds.
“We have already been to Johor and Penang to raise awareness, not to incite,” joked Samad in reference to the government’s recent crackdown against critics under the Sedition Act.
Yesterday: ‘Stop obsessing about Malays under threat’
In view of the failure of police and attorney general in carrying out the verdict of the court of appeal that ‘a person or persons were responsible for his death’, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy and DAP Socialist Youth hereby announce to organize a Justice for Beng Hock protest at the parliament entrance on 19 November 2014, Wednesday, 1030am.
We urge concerned citizens to take half day leave to participate in the protest at Parliament, showing your support for the Teoh family. After five years, the verdict of court of appeal gives a silver lining of hope to Teoh family, nevertheless the unprofessional and non-neutral stand of police force and attorney general may cause all the efforts of pursuing justice end up in vain. Thus, we hope that member of the public solidly stand behind Teoh family, mobilizing citizens to join the protest to pressure the government to arrest those who are responsible for Beng Hock’s death.
Besides, we express our great concern over the dissatisfaction of Ahmad Sarbani’s family on the mishandling of Sarbani’s death by the government. We urge the family members to contact us quickly, we are willing to provide legal and other form of assistance. Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy had contacted Sarbani’s wife Maziah and we will need further discussion with the family members. We emphasise that defending human rights transcends racial and class borders, both Beng Hock and Sarbani died mysteriously at MACC, this is totally not acceptable in a country that upholds rule of law and democracy principle!
The court of appeal judges Mohd Arif, Mah Weng Kwai and Hamid Sultan had overturned the coroner’s open verdict on 5 September 2014. Mohd Arif said ‘the death of Beng Hock was a result of which was accelerated by an unlawful act or acts of person unknown, inclusive of MACC officers involved in the arrest and investigation of the deceased’. He said the Inspector General of Police must commence investigations while the Attorney General must frame charges deemed fit. Hamid stressed that the MACC was criminally liable and could not be immune from prosecution, those responsible must be charged even with circumstantial evidence.
Soon after the verdict of the court of appeal, the police had formed a special team to re-investigate Beng Hock’s death. However, police officers came to Teoh family’s house to search for hand written note of Beng Hock, we suspect this is to ascertain the suspicious note which emerged in the final hour of the inquest process, so it seems to probe from the angle of commit suicide. At the same time, the police took statement from Beng Hock’s wife and in November, Kulai member of parliament Teo Nie Ching was being investigated by police for saying that the IGP was incompetent as he failed to capture the murderer. All these prove that the police did not seriously look for the murderer of Beng Hock and seemingly to let the murderer get out of the hook.
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
DAP Socialist Youth
~ OLEH HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) hari ini mengumumkan usaha mereka mengumpulkan dana bagi memastikan keadilan diperolehi ekoran kematian Teoh Beng Hock.
NGO berkenaan akan menganjurkan satu majlis makan malam pada 5 Disember ini bagi menampung perbelanjaan gerakan mereka selain memberi kesedaran kepada masyarakat tentang hak asasi manusia.
“Kita perlu mengumpul dana kerana aktiviti yang berlanjutan. Bekalan wang itu bukan sahaja untuk bengkel umum tetapi membantu mangsa dan anak isteri mendiang yang perlu dibantu.
“Itu antara yang kami usahakan dengan adanya wang yang dikumpul beransur-ansur,” kata pengerusi Teoh Beng Hock Trust For Democracy, Datuk A Samad Said.
Majlis makan malam itu akan diadakan di Kompleks Mutiara, Kuala Lumpur pada jam 7 malam dan mereka yang berminat boleh membeli tiket berharga RM100 atau menyumbang melebihi RM1,000 dan akan disenaraikan sebagai penganjur program.
Mahkamah Rayuan pada 5 September memutuskan untuk mengenepikan keputusan terbuka koroner berhubung kematian Teoh kerana terdapat keterangan yang menunjukkan kecederaan sebelum mendiang jatuh dan kematiannya disebabkan, atau dipercepat oleh seseorang, atau lebih seorang individu yang tidak diketahui.
Hakim berkata koroner memberikan keputusan terbuka, manakala RCI mendapati Teoh didorong membunuh diri kerana ditindas secara berterusan dan disoal siasat secara agresif oleh tiga orang pegawai Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia.
Sementara itu, Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dalam satu jawapan bertulis Parlimen berkata Jabatan Peguam Negara akan mengkaji semula dan membuat keputusan selepas siasatan polis dilakukan terhadap kematian Teoh.
Katanya, pihak polis sudah menubuhkan satu pasukan siasatan khas bagi membuka semula siasatan terhadap kes kematian Teoh.
“Sekiranya keterangan mengikut keadaan dipatuhi kukuh dan mencukupi untuk mewajarkan pendakwaan, maka pendakwaan akan dimulakan,” katanya menjawab pertanyaan Ahli Parlimen Seputeh Teresa Kok.
Najib berkata pendakwaraya akan membuat keputusan mendakwa mereka yang terlibat sama ada di bawah Kanun Keseksaan atau undang-undang lain yang bersesuaian sekiranya terdapat bukti kukuh mengaitkan mana-mana pihak. – 7 November, 2014.
Sastersawan negara selaku Pengerusi Badan Amanah Teoh Beng Hock Demi Demokrasi Pak Samad telah ditemuramah oleh media internet Malaysiakini baru-baru ini. Berikut adalah keratan rakaman video temuramah yang telah disiarkan di laman Web http://www.kinitv.com/ .