The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer, who headed a controversial investigation that led to the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, has been promoted.
According to a parliamentary written reply, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low said Mohd Anuar Ismail, who was a Grade 44 investigation officer during the incident in 2009, is now Grade 48.
However, two other MACC officers involved in the probe, Hishammuddin Hashim and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus, remain at the same ranks – Grade 54 and Grade 29 – respectively.
It made no mention when the promotion took place.
The reply was in response to a query by Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching, who requested for the current status of the three officers.
Hishammuddin and Ashraf were singled out by a royal commission of inquiry into Teoh’s death for their role in interrogating the political aide, labelling them “arrogant leader” and “abuser” respectively.
A third officer, Arman Alies was also labelled as a “bully” by the commission.
However, the parliamentary written reply today made no reference to Arman as his name was not raised in Teo’s question.
The written reply said action would be taken against the officers if they have found to have committed any wrongdoing.
This comes after the Court of Appeal in September found that the MACC was liable for Teoh’s death and ordered police to re-investigate the case.
It overruled a 2011 coroner’s court decision which said Teoh was driven to suicide by intensive questioning.
The three MACC officers who were singled out by the royal commission of inquiry for their role in Teoh’s interrogation were never punished.
“The unwillingness to take action against the trio is either a silent protest against the finding of the three learned Court of Appeal judges, or a cover up.
“Whichever the case, it will for sure render our judiciary system a mockery.
“Have we become a nation where there are wrongful acts but no wrongdoers?” said Teo, who has been assisting Teoh’s family.
Teoh was called in as a witness by the MACC on July 15, 2009 to facilitate investigations in an alleged corruption case involving his then boss Ean Yong Hian Wah, who is Sri Kembangan state assemblyperson.
He was found dead the next morning after plunging from the 14th floor to the fifth floor of the Selangor MACC headquarters building at that time in Shah Alam.
Ean Yong was later cleared of any wrongdoing.