Berpuas hati terhadap keputusan Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat untuk terus berada dalam Pakatan Rakyat, Menyeru Khalid Meletak Jawatan

“Kempen Kembalikan Selangorku: Reben Hitam”
18hb Ogos 2014
“Kempen Kembalikan Selangorku: Reben Hitam” berpuas hati terhadap keputusan Jawatankuasa PAS Pusat semalam yang mendahulukan persefahaman ketiga-tiga anggota parti Pakatan Rakyat lalu menyokong keputusan Pakatan Rakyat dalam sebulat suara. Keputusan yang dibuat oleh PAS pada masa kritikal ini adalah amat penting iaitu terus berganding bahu dengan Pakatan Rakyat. Hanyalah kerjasama ketiga-tiga anggota parti dapat meneruskan dan memperluaskan haluan demokrasi Malaysia.

Keputusan ini menunjukkan PAS menghormati hasrat pengundi yang telah mengundi Pakatan Rakyat sebagai pemerintah kerajaan gabungan negeri Selangor dalam Pilihanraya Umum 13. Tindakan ini tidak mengecewakan harapan, kepercayaan dan mandat para pengundi, dan ini juga telah melaksanakan deklarasi politik bersama dan manifesto Pakatan Rakyat.

Sementara itu, menurut sistem pemerintahan monarki berperlembagaan, parti pemerintah kerajaan berhak untuk memilih calon Ketua Eksekutif untuk dilantik oleh pemerintah. Dengan ini, Kempen Reben Hitam menyokong calon Menteri Besar baru yang dicadangkan oleh parti pemerintah untuk menggantikan Tan Sri Khalid yang telah disingkirkan oleh Parti Keadilan Rakyat. Kami juga amat berbangga kerana gender bukan merupakan faktor semasa mencadang dan memilih calon Menteri Besar Selangor.

Dengan ini, kempen ini dengan sesungguhnya menyeru bahawa Khalid yang tidak berparti meletak jawatan sebagai Menteri Besar. Dengan ketiadaanya sokongan parti pemerintah negeri, maka tiada lagi mandat untuk Khalid menjawat jawatan Menteri Besar. Berpegang kepada jawatan itu seolah-olah suatu penghinaan pilihan pengundi Selangor dalam Pilihanraya Umum ke-13. Khalid kini telah menjadi penghalang bagi negeri Selangor untuk maju ke depan. Meletak jawatan telah menjadi pilihan Khalid yang satu-satunya. Merujuk kepada kenyataan Khalid yang menuduh bahawa Pakatan Rakyat adalah tidak sah kerana tidak mendaftar, kempen ini berpendapat bahawa walaupun Pakatan Rakyat adalah tidak sah dalam sisi undang, tapi ia adalah sah menurut pilihan rakyat. Yang anehnya pula, Khalid menyertai plilihanraya umum yang lepas dengan menjadi calon Pakatan Rakyat untuk mendapatkan jawatan ADUN Pelabuhan Klang.

Kami amat berterima kasih kepada rakan-rakan dan pengundi-pengundi negeri Selangor yang mengikuti Kempen Reben Hitam. Krisis Menteri Besar Selangor ini dapat meningkatkan kefahaman orang ramai terhadap cara operasi sistem pemerintahan monarki berperlembagaan dan ini merupakan peluang pendidikan yang baik untuk meningkatkan kesedaran demokrasi.

“Kempen Kembalikan Selangorku: Reben Hitam” akan terus mengikut perkembangan isu Menteri Besar dan kempen akan dilancarkan pada masa yang kritikal supaya pendapat pengundi Selangor dapat disampaikan.

Suspend IGP Khalid Abu Bakar for Kugan’s Death

Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 9 August 2014

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy welcomes the decision of the court of appeal on 8 August 2014, which upheld the high court ruling that the former Selangor Police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar and his police officers must responsible for the custodial death of A. Kugan in 2009.

By affirmation of high court and court of appeal, we urge the federal government to suspend the current Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar immediately for his failure to ensure Kugan’s safety while under police detention. The police force must comply with international standard human rights practice that stipulated in United Nation’s Convention against torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

As one of the top police officers in the country, Khalid must also be charged for giving false public statement aimed at denying the police’s responsibility over Kugan’s death.

Kugan was detained at Taipan police station on 14 January 2009 in relation to investigations of alleged car theft, he died five days later in the police custody.

Right after Kugan’s death in custody, Khalid Abu Bakar reported that Kugan collapsed shortly after drinking water due to asthmatic attack. Later, he announced that the post-mortem report stated the cause of death was due to water in his lungs. In contrary, the second post mortem revealed by pathologist Dr. Prashant that Kugan had 45 external injuries and numerous internal injuries. This shows that Khalid Abu Bakar was blatantly lying to cover up wrongdoings of police officers and against professional ethic of civil servant.

We applaud the statement by the court of appeal judges that the government should have zero tolerance towards death in custody and public inquiry must be held to investigate custodial death cases.

We urge the government to organize roundtable discussion with human rights and professional organisations to discuss the mechanism and criteria of the coroner courts that newly set up by the government, this is to ensure that the coroner courts could operate independently and professionally, to act as an institution to reveal truth over mysterious death and to check police force from abusing the detainees in the lock-ups.

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy was established on 16 July 2014 to make the legacy of Mr Teoh Beng Hock an invaluable asset to Malaysian society by working towards a democratic nation free from political persecution, torture and human rights violation

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Activities in Kuantan!! coming soon!

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy and Semambu ADUN Lee Chean Chung will organise two activities in Kuantan on 2 August 2014, Saturday.

Democracy now! Workshop in Kuantan
Time      : 2pm – 7pm
Venue   : PKR Semambu Community Centre

The 5th Anniversary Memorial of the Passing of Teoh Beng Hock
Time      : 8pm
Venue   : PKR Semambu Community Centre

Enquiry: 012-265 8448
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Police Has Become Political Pawn of Ruling Regime

Press Release by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 23 July 2014 in Kuala Lumpur

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy condemns the statement issued by Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar that the police would invoke the draconian Sedition act to investigate DAP leader Lim Kit Siang in relation to his article on Teoh Beng Hock being killed in the Rocket on 16 July 2014. Police has, not only failed to probe into Teoh Beng Hock’s death, but also to a certain extent condoned MACC officers caused the death of Teoh Beng Hock. Miserably, police force has been a tool of ruling party to persecute opposition leaders. Unarguably, police has violated the principle of neutrality as professional civil servants and become a pawn in the struggle of political power. Destroying the image of criminal justice system, police has degenerated to a stumbling block of justice.

We would like to emphasize, that the royal commission of inquiry’s conclusion that Teoh Beng Hock committed suicide, could not convince the people at all. All evidences indicate Teoh Beng Hock did not have tendency or reasons of committing suicide in respect of family, work or during the interrogation. In the context of selective investigation against Pakatan Rakyat state assemblymen by MACC and Beng Hock was being brought to Selangor MACC as witness, his death undoubtedly was a consequence of political persecution. The murderers – the high power authority in Putrajaya, Selangor UMNO leaders, the Selangor MACC deputy commissioner Hishamuddin Hashim and 33 MACC officers involved in the operation – must be punished in according to the law. DAP leader Lim Kit Siang is merely voice out the truth on behalf of hundreds of thousand people. Why does BN so afraid of political leaders speaking out the truth and fighting justice and truth for Beng Hock?

Beng Hock’s death exposed the utmost corrupt of criminal justice system under the rule of BN government. An innocent person died at the government, how can the government branches responsible for investigation, prosecution and judgment cleared the involved MACC officers? None of the agencies or officers accountable to the death of Beng Hock, the criminal justice system under BN government has failed to effect the justice and citizens are not protected by the law!

Sedition Act 1948 is a draconian law enacted by the British colonial government to suppress political movement that fought for independence of Malaya. In the past five decades, ruling regime has been using the law to crack down democrats and political leaders. Prime Minister Najib Razak had promised repeal of sedition act in 2012. However, this promise is not fulfilled. His government has frequently been using the act to charge pro democratic activist in the past two years. The bill of repeal does not appear in the schedule of parliament session, which shows BN government does not change its true colour of authoritarian.

We urge Najib to immediately abolish the outdated sedition act, suspend investigation of Lim Kit Siang and drop sedition charges against Tian Chua, Haris Ibrahim, Adam Adli as well as Abdullah Zaik, president of ISMA. The government must protect freedom of expression, rights enshrined by Federal Constitution.

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Formation of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

Malaysians for Beng Hock held a press conference this morning to announce formation of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy.

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MISSION
The mission of the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is to commemorate the life of the late Mr Teoh Beng Hock, who died on July 16, 2009, being a victim of political persecution and custodial torture by the State. The Trust is established to make the legacy of Mr Teoh Beng Hock an invaluable asset to Malaysian society by working towards a democratic nation free from political persecution, torture and human rights violations.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES 
1.1 to recognize and defend the democratic rights of individuals/groups as enshrined under the Federal Constitution without fear of political persecution, torture or death in custody;
1.2 to recognize, uphold and defend the human rights of individuals/groups in the custody of any and all State authorities as prescribed by international conventions.

PURPOSE
To fulfill its mission and uphold its principles, the Trust shall:-
2.1 educate the public about the tragic death of the late Mr Teoh Beng Hock in the context of political persecution, torture and deaths in custody;
2.2 advocate for legal, policy and institutional reforms to eliminate political persecution, torture and deaths in custody;
2.3 advocate full and frank disclosure of all facts and undertake fact-finding relating to incidents of political persecution, torture and deaths in custody;
2.4 provide legal, social, counselling and other support, wherever possible, for the victims and the family of victims of political persecution, torture and deaths in custody;
2.5 advocate for a truth and reconciliation process for all cases of political persecution, torture and deaths in custody;
2.6 facilitate and assist the family of victims of political persecution, torture and deaths in custody in seeking redresses from the State;

Trustees : Ahmad Farouk Musa, Lim Lip Eng, Toh Kin Woon

Board Members : A. Samad Said (Chairman), M. Visvanathan (Secretary), Ng Geok Chee (Treasurer), Teoh Lee Lan, A. Jayanath, Liau Kok Fah, Wong Chin Huat, Ngeow Chow Ying

Secretariat Members : More than 30 members from Malaysians for Beng Hock including Ng Yap Hwa, Cheng Fui Lien, Faisal Mustaffa, Toh Chin Hong, Siah Kwong Liang and others.

Secretariat contact person : Ng Yap Hwa, 012-2658448,

website :www.teohbenghock.org

Press Conference on formation of Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 16-07-2014

Teoh Beng Hock’s family suit put off pending Court of Appeal outcome

A negligence suit brought by the family of Teoh Beng Hock against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has been postponed pending the Court of Appeal’s decision whether the former political aide had died due to foul play or he had committed suicide.

Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo (pic) said High Court Judge Rosnaini Saub allowed the application by the family as the Court of Appeal decision may have a bearing on the suit. Rosnaini fixed April 29 for case management.

The decision of Court of Appeal will be final and conclusive as the appeal originated from an inquest before a coroner.

Senior Federal Counsel Azizan Md Arshad and Gobind met Rosnaini in her chambers to postpone today’s proceedings.

The family had filed the suit against the MACC and 12 others in February last year for assault and occupier’s liability.

Beng Hock’s father, Teoh Leong Hwee, his mother, Teng Shuw Hoi, his widow Soh Cher Wei  and their son Teoh Er Jia are seeking damages for their sadness, loss of dependency and negligence on the part of the defendants.

So far, 13 witnesses have given evidence for the family.

“Whether we are going to call more witnesses depends on the Court of Appeal ruling,” Gobind told reporters.

Azizan also said whether the defence would call three doctors to give their expert opinions depended on the final outcome at the appellate court.

A three-man bench chaired by Datuk Mohamad Arif Md Yusof will hear the appeal on March 28.

Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had returned an open verdict on January 5, 2011, saying it was neither a suicide nor a homicide.

Teoh, who was the political aide to Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16, 2009 on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam.

He was at Plaza Masalam where he was summoned by the MACC to have his statement recorded over his boss’s alleged abuse of state funds.

On December 1, 2011, the High Court in a revision, upheld the coroner’s open verdict in the inquest to ascertain the circumstances leading to Teoh’s death.

Both the coroner and the High Court found there were pre-fall injuries on Beng Hock’s neck but concluded that there was insufficient evidence to point towards assault. – February 7, 2014.

Teoh Beng Hock case: Appeals Court judges to visit interrogation room

PUTRAJAYA: Three Court of Appeal judges, in an unprecendented move, will visit the interrogation room in which Teoh Beng Hock was alleged to have fallen to his death in 2009.

The request was made by the judges panel chaired by Datuk Mohamad Arif Md Yusof today during a hearing application brought by Teoh’s family against the coroner’s court open verdict decision in the inquest into the death of Teoh.
During submissions by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, Arif questioned whether there was a need to inspect the site to get a better understanding of the matter.
To this, Gobind said he would gladly accommodate if the judges wished to inspect the place.
The visit will take place prior to the continued hearing which was fixed for March 28.
During submissions, Gobind argued that the coroner’s court in making a finding of homicide in an inquest does not require to apply for test of beyond reasonable doubt.
As such, he said the coroner’s court can give an opinion for the police and Attorney-General’s chambers to further investigate whether Beng Hock’s death was a suicide or homicide.
Deputy public prosecutor Kee Wei Loon appeared for the prosecution on behalf of DPP Abaszafree Mohd Abbas.
The court was informed that Abaszafree was absent due to personal unforeseen circumstances.
Arif was joined by Datuk Mah Weng Kwai and Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer on the bench.
On Feb 10, 2012, Beng Hock’s elder brother Meng Kee filed an application at the Court of Appeal to review the open verdict delivered by the coroner’s court in January 2011, after his application was rejected by the High Court on December 1, 2011.
On January 5, 2011, coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, when delivering his open verdict, said Beng Hock’s death was not due to suicide, neither did it involve a third party.
A few months later, a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Beng Hock’s death, chaired by now-retired Federal Court judge Tan Sri James Foong Cheng Yuen, ruled on July 21 last year, that it was a suicide.
Teoh, the political secretary to Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, Selangor, on July 16, 2009, after giving a statement at the office of the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission located on the 14th floor of the same building.