Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 25 October 2018 in Petaling Jaya
No More Delay, Set up Taskforce to Probe Teoh’s Case
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy expresses our regret on the statement by Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that police are still awaiting orders and investigation scope to reopen the probe into the death of former DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock.
Since the announcement that cabinet agreed to re-open Teoh’s case on 20 June 2018, there is no progress after four months. We demands no more delay for the investigation.
The scope of investigation is clear enough that all personnel involved, directly or indirectly, in causing the death of Teoh Beng Hock must be re-investigated and prosecuted in accordance to Malaysian law. These personnel include MACC officers and the mastermind who orchestrated the political-motivated investigation in 2009
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy urges the government to take swift action to set up a special task force to re-open the case of Teoh Beng Hock. The family has longed waited for a justice since 2009.
We re-iterate that the previous re-investigation led by police officer Amar Singh is a disappointed one. After the court of the appeal overturned the open verdict ruling by the inquest in 2014, Amar Singh led a special police team to probe Teoh’s wife rather than MACC officers, which is tantamount to adding salt to injury to the victim family. Moreover, the police and Attorney General Chamber took 20 months to complete the investigation and concluded that “there is no criminal element in Teoh’s case”, which caused public outrage.
Considering the lackadaisical attitude of the police and AG Chamber under BN regime, we contend that the new investigation cannot solely rely on police and AG chamber alone. We propose that the special taskforce should be led by the former court of appeal judge Hamid Sultan and law Professor Azmi Sharom, the taskforce should comprise of representative of SUHAKAM, bar council, police and AG Chamber.
Ng Geok Chee
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy