An Open Letter to Y.A.A. Tun Arifin bin Zakaria, Chief Justice of Malaysia
Justice Delayed is Justice Denied
Malaysians for Beng Hock, a citizens’ movement that supports the Teoh family in seeking truth and justice for the late Teoh Beng Hock, is deeply disappointed that the Court of Appeal has so far failed to hold a judicial review hearing in spite of the approval on 2 February 2012 of the Teoh family’s application.
Following an open verdict delivered on 5 January 2011 by Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, the attorney general and the Teoh family filed review applications in mid-January 2011. However, a relevant review application was rejected in the High Court on 1 December 2011 by Justice Dato’ Abdul Rahim Uda before the Court of Appeal on 2 February 2012 granted the leave to appeal against the open verdict. Since the approval, the Malaysian people have waited a long 13 months for relevant hearings to open in the Court of Appeal.
As a famous quote about the judicial process goes, justice delayed is justice denied. We urge Y.A.A. Tun and the Court of Appeal to speed up the judicial review of the case. We believe there should not be any more delay, regardless of whether the 13thgeneral election is looming.
The tragedy of Teoh Beng Hock has remained an issue of national focus since 2009 for it had elements of state-sponsored persecution and serious violation of the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Affirming the findings of renowned Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand, Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas had ruled that pre-fall injuries existed on Teoh Beng Hock’s neck. Whatever the causes, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission must be held fully responsible for the injuries and death in its custody.
Last but not least, Malaysians for Beng Hock, like most Malaysians, expects the Court of Appeal to review the case without fear or favour.
Thank you for your attention.
Chong Kok Siong
Coordinator, Malaysians for Beng Hock