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.

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy