An NGO has invited the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to explain its supposed double standards in its investigation into the “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1) case and the rigorous grilling of Teoh Beng Hock.

The Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy said the MACC’s treatment of MO1 was in stark contrast to what was done to Teoh, a former DAP political secretary who was grilled by the MACC and was later found dead outside its Shah Alam headquarters.

It wants MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad to answer this question at a forum it is organising, titled “Reforming MACC: A Road to Good Governance and Human Rights”, to be held in Kuala Lumpur on July 16.

To this end, representatives from the NGO, led by national laureate A Samad Said, delivered an invitation to the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya today.

“Why did the MACC interrogate Teoh to the point of his death, but did not use similar investigation methods on MO1?” its secretary Faisal Mustaffa asked today.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry that was conducted concluded that Teoh was driven to his death by aggressive interrogation tactics by three MACC officers.

At the forum slated for July 16, the group also wants the MACC to address why action had not been taken against the three MACC officers and to state the reforms that would be instituted to guarantee the basic rights of those being detained.

Five representatives waited for about 20 minutes at the MACC headquarters to meet Dzulkifli but were told by the security personnel they could only gain entry if they left their mobile phones and cameras behind.

This was met with protests from the group members, who maintained the gadgets were necessary to prove that the invitation had been submitted to Dzulkifly.

At this point, Teoh’s sister, Teoh Lee Lan, pointed out she had previously gone to Parliament to meet with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, and was allowed to bring her phone inside.

“If the PM is not scared of handphones being brought inside Parliament, why is this ‘Datuk’ (Dzulkifli) acting as if there is a terrorist (threat)?” she asked.

Frustrated, the group eventually put up their invitation on a wall outside the MACC office.

“This is the MACC’s new mailbox now”, remarked the NGO’s executive secretary Ng Yap Hwa.

Samad, better known as Pak Samad, joked that “the wall is more understanding than the MACC”.Nevertheless, the group remains optimistic about the outcome of the forum, and it also extended its invitation to members of the public to attend the event.

The July 16 forum will take place at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) and will begin at 8.30pm.

Speakers at the forum will include Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, Malaysian Bar president George Varughese and a representative from the Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

A memorial service for Teoh will precede the public forum.

Source & photo : malaysiakini