Teoh Beng Hock, the young political aide of Selangor state Exco, was tortured to death at the Headquarter of MACC Selangor in 2009. Prominent Thai Pathologist Dr. Pornthip had proven that there was pre-fall bruises on his neck, the court of appeal had ruled in 2014 that the death was due to “an unlawful act or acts of persons unknown, inclusive of MACC officers who were involved in the arrest and investigation of the deceased”.
After 9 years, the BN government not only denied justice for Teoh family, but took superficial measures as a response to the tragedy, such as installation of CCTV at interrogation room and relocation of interrogation room to ground. The death of custom officer Ahmad Sarbani at MACC Kuala Lumpur one year after the incident shows the measures are totally ineffective.
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy contends that there must be more concerted efforts to stop torture at custodies of enforcement agencies. Thus, we propose the Committee for Institutional Reforms of the Council of Eminent Persons to consider our 5 recommendations on institutional reform that outline the needy policy reforms to prevent reoccurrence of Teoh’s tragedy, death in custodies and of any human rights violation.
The 5 recommendations on institutional reform are as follows :
1) Amendment of the section 30(3)(a) of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act.
2) Enacting Anti-Torture Act to curb violence by all enforcement agency officers including MACC, Police, immigration and prison officers.
3) Ratification of United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT)
4) Compulsory Human Rights Training for all civil servants
5) Civil society leader as the Chief Commissioner of MACC