Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 14 May 2018

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy applauds the statement by the newly sworn in Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammad that heads must roll for those colluded with the former premier in the the kleptocratic scandal.

It is believed that the MACC chief, the Attorney General and the former Inspector General of Police, are among those would be  investigated and punished by the new administration due to their roles in shielding 1MDB case.

However, we would like to remind the new PH administration that MACC has committed more crimes than the 1MDB scandal. Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide to DAP Selangor state exco, was killed at the MACC Selangor headquarter on 16 July 2009.

The court of appeal had ruled on 5 Sept 2014 that one or more unknown persons caused the death of Teoh, including MACC officers. Yet the Former Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail and the police cleared MACC officers from any wrongdoings.

We urge the new administration goes beyond the 1MDB scandal, but look into all malpractices and human rights violations committed by MACC under Najib administration, including the death of Teoh.

We call upon the new government to immediately suspend the 5 MACC officers involved in Teoh’s death, prosecute them under the culpable homicide session as suggested by the bar council and find out the master mind who ordered the political motivated investigation.

Moreover, referring to the news report by Sin Chew Daily that the former MACC chief Abu Kassim could make a come back, Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy strongly oppose the appointment of any former MACC leaders to head the commission, because all of them failed to take any action against the perpetrators who caused the death of Teoh, including the then Deputy Chief of MACC Abu Kassim.

Two deaths occurred at MACC when Abu Kassim was the top MACC leaders. Abu Kassim did not punish any MACC officers who involved in the deaths of Teoh and Ahmad Sarbani. Worse still, Abu Kassim promoted Hishamuddin Hashim, the head of the investigation team that caused Teoh’s death, as Sabah MACC Chief during his term as the Chief Commissioner of MACC. A top civil servant who does not respect human rights like Abu Kassim should not be given the second chance.

The position of the head of anti corruption institution must be led by a person of high integrity and non-partisan. The new government should pick a new face from civil society leaders to ensure that MACC carries out its works professionally and free of political influence.

 

Datuk Seri A. Samad Said

Chairperson

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy