Malaysians for Beng Hock urges Paul Low, the newly appointed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for human rights and integrity, to immediately act against the five MACC officers accused of involvement in the culpable homicide of Teoh Beng Hock.
Nearly four years after Teoh Beng Hock’s death, the Barisan Nasional government has yet to expose the mastermind of the political persecution. Furthermore, the five MACC officers involved in his death remain at large and unpunished. This proves that the Najib-led government has shielded the murderers and ignored the fundamental human rights of the citizen. With this, the government’s reputation has dropped to a new low.
Since the Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission of Inquiry released its report in July 2011 and accused the MACC officers of driving Teoh to death using an “aggressive, oppressive, and unscrupulous” interrogation method, the Najib government has employed a delaying tactic. As a result, none of the officers involved has been brought to justice. More shockingly, the then MACC Selangor deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim was promoted to be MACC Negeri Sembilan director, seemingly rewarded for his involvement in Teoh’s death.
Unfortunately, the former Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon and Idris Jala, who were in charge of government performance and efficiency, had completely failed to act in accordance with the royal commission report for two years after its release. It made mockeries of the Najib government’s slogan “People First, Performance Now” and its “Government Transformation Programme.”
Therefore, the responsibility of Paul Low, as someone with a non-governmental organisation background, is to regain public confidence in the Najib government, with his first key task being to ensure justice for Teoh Beng Hock. The government must severely punish the murderers who caused Teoh’s death to give justice to the Teoh family.
Paul Low’s rejection of IPCMC was extremely disappointing. It showed that the Najib government had no sincerity whatsoever in resolving the numerous custodial death cases that violated human rights. If the minister once again fails to act to restore justice for Teoh Beng Hock, the nation will continue to lose confidence in the Barisan Nasional government that was returned by only 47% of the electorate and BN will be unable to win back popular support in the next general election.