- Kow Kwan Yee
- 1:19PM Nov 19, 2013
Emotions run high in the Kuala Lumpur High Court when Teoh Beng Hock’s fiancee took the stand today.
When questioned by the family’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo on the marriage preparations prior to Teoh’s death, Sor Cher Wei, 32 (left), burst into tears.
High Court Judge Rosnaini Saub had initially tried to calm her down, but then ordered a 10-minute recess.
Teoh’s parents and younger sister, who were also in the courtroom, also failed to fight back tears.
Teoh’s family had filed a negligence suit against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and 13 others.
Several MACC officers, who were named as defendants, were also present.
Teoh, 30, who was political aide to a Selangor state executive councillor, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on July 16 2009, after he was interrogated at the Selangor MACC office on the 14th floor of the same building.
Stressing her belief that Teoh did not commit suicide, Soh had regained her calm after the hearing resumed by 2pm.
She said that the family members had not recovered from their sorrow even though the incident happened four years ago, as they were still in the dark over Teoh’s cause of death.
“My son can no longer meet his father… he can only mention that ‘father is black’ now.
“This is because he sees the clothes that the family and I wear when we fight for justice for Teoh. And the clothes are all in black or white,” she said in her written statement.
Soh admitted that Teoh was happy but shocked upon learning about her pregnancy in June 2009, which was not planned.
To senior federal counsel Azizan Md Arshad’s suggestion that her pregnancy had caused Teoh emotional disruption, Soh agreed.
Subsequently, Teoh family’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo, in his examination, requested Soh to elaborate on this.
Soh explained that the emotional disruption was a “positive” one, as they had planned for marriage but not for having children.
Later, Gobind sought Judge Roshaini’s permission to call Teoh’s parents and younger sister to testify tomorrow, and several journalist on Friday.
Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand (right) is scheduled to be present as one of the plaintiff’s main witnesses, but Gobind had yet to reveal the date.