Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 18 Dec 2018 in Petaling Jaya.
Is Muhyiddin against Cabinet Decision to Re-Open Teoh’s Case?
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is shocked by the revelation by Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh that the Attorney-General’s Chambers had informed the Inspector General of Police Fuzi Harun, as early as 17 July 2018, to conduct a fresh investigation.
This is apparently in contradiction with the Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement on 25 October 2018 that he has yet to receive a directive from the AG Chambers to initiate a new investigation.
Muhyiddin must give an explanation as to why the police didn’t carry out a new investigation five months after receiving the letter from the AG Chambers. Does it mean he is against the decision to re-open Teoh’s case that was made by the Cabinet on 20 June 2018?
Pakatan Harapan was elected to power in May 2018 on promises of reforming democratic institutions and enhancing the accountability of public delivery systems. It is crucial for the police to act swiftly on Teoh’s case to restore public confidence in the police force, whose image was marred by previous unneutral and unprofessional investigations into Teoh’s tragic death.
The cabinet should remind the Home Minister about his duty to ensure the fresh investigation is to be carried out immediately. We re-iterate that a special taskforce consisting of police, AG Chamber representatives, former judge Hamid Sultan, law academics, SUHAKAM and the Bar Council must be set up to carry out the impartial investigation.
Ng Geok Chee
Chairperson
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy