Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 30 June 2016
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy condemns Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission for unnecessary arrest and detention of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the extraordinary arrest and detention one day before the prosecution is highly unusual since Lim had given full cooperation with MACC and his statement recorded on 6 to 7 May 2016.
We also criticise the attorney general chamber for selective prosecution on Lim Guan Eng’s bungalow purchase case when it has failed to charge the Prime Minister Najib Razak for being implicated in the RM2.6 billion political donation and the larger 1MDB scandal. We urge the AG to not practice double standard and to immediately prosecute persons involved in the 1MDB scandal.
We also lament the obvious trial by media orchestrated by those mainstream media outlets controlled by the Government. Both the selective prosecution and trial by media have undoubtedly, jeopardised rule of law in the country and eroded public confidence in these public institutions.
We call upon the government to reform MACC and AGC and appoint impartial and professional replacement to their current leadership to clear the public perception that both institutions are political pawns of the ruling regime.
Ng Geok Chee
Vice Chair Person
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy