As the minister responsible for transparency and good governance, Paul Low should surely act against the anti-corruption officers involved in the death of DAP aide Teoh Beng Hock.

PJ Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian in a statement today said Low should step up efforts to settle various cases in which involvement of those in authority have been proven.

“As a person of integrity and responsibility, Paul Low ought to make an effort to settle all the cases where it has been clearly shown that those in authority are at fault.

“In the case of Teoh, he should have the power to immediately act against the five Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) officers who are alleged to have been involved in the death of the aide of Ean Yong Hian Wah,” he said.

“As a minister responsible for integrity and human rights, Low should not hesitate in charging the five MACC officers, and (should not) protect those involved, and should not ignore the human rights concerns of Malaysians.”

Hee said with Low’s background as the former chief of Transparency International Malaysia, he should not “sell out (the NGO’s ideals) just to win the hearts of interested parties”.

He said the minister’s dallying over the matter of implementing the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) “is seen to be an attempt to protect government agencies that are ‘problematic’ from facing punishment”.

“The reluctance of Paul L ow to implement the IPCMC is most regrettable.

“It proves that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government does not have the honesty to solve the many cases of death in custody that go against human rights.

“I am sure the people also want to see the Scorpene cases handled in a transparent manner, because the present level of corruption plaguing the current administration is extremely serious,” he said.

The controversy over Low’s stand on the IPCMC – that was recommended by a royal commission of inquiry in 2005 – continues to rage on even as the number of deaths in custody this year continue to climb, with the most recent being a Japanese national in Subang Jaya last Saturday.

The especially gruesome circumstances of N Dhamendran’s death on May 21 in particular has sparked renewed calls for the IPCMC to be finally implemented, with calls coming even from BN component parties.