Press Statement by Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy on 29 June 2019 in Petaling Jaya
Ten Years . Silence is not a choice – The Commemoration Activities of the 10th Anniversary of the Passing of Teoh Beng Hock
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy cordially invites all member of public, friends of Beng Hock, political party leaders to attend the commemoration activities of the 10th anniversary of the passing of the late Teoh Beng Hock which themed “Ten Years . Silent No More” as follows :
“Back to the Scene” : A candle light vigil memorial
Date : 13 July 2019 (Saturday)
Time : 8pm to 9pm
Venue : Office block entrance, Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam (Formerly the headquarter of Selangor MACC)
“End Culture of Impunity” : Submission of Memorandum to the Parliament
Date : 16 July 2019 (Tuesday)
Time : 11am – 1pm
Venue : Main entrance of the Parliament
Musical Concert for a Torture-Free Society
Date : 27 July 2019 (Saturday)
Time : 8pm – 10pm
Venue : Dewan Kenanga, Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya, Persiaran Perpaduan, USJ 5, 47610 Subang Jaya, Selangor
On 16 July 2009, the discovery of the death of Teoh Beng Hock at the headquarter of Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at Plaza Masalam shocked the nation.
On 16 July 2019, ten years after the tragedy, have people as well as political party leaders who fought for the injustice been switched to “silent mode”?
Many of you have organised or took part in one or more candle light vigils being held all over the country since 2009.
Many of you have vowed to fight for justice for Beng Hock and promised to bring the perpetrators to justice once elected to power.
Many of you have supported the movement by giving signatures, donation, joining our activities or share related information with friends.
Many of you, whose conscience disturbed by the tragic death decided to vote against the cruel BN regime in every election after 2009.
We highly appreciate your role in providing moral or physical support to Teoh family in the past ten years. We hope you can remain committed to the cause bases on the principle of human rights and justice.
It is utmost important that people should not be complacent and switch to “silent mode” after electing a new government in Putrajaya, because old element still prevails in the new administration.
The statement of Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin that the government has exhausted all avenues and implying Teoh family demanded for more shows that the former UMNO leader has little respect of human rights. He refused to uphold rule of law which requiring him to take action against those commited culpable homicide in the incident.
At this juncture after the historic regime change of 2018, people should continue to seek justice for Beng Hock by joining the commemoration activities, such as “back to the scene” candle light vigil memorial, submission of memorandum to the Parliament and musical concert for torture free society.
We also recommend you to demand your elected representatives to bring up the matter in parliament, select committees, party meeting, requesting MACC officers involved in causing Beng Hock’s death to be prosecuted.
Ten years, let’s continue to speak the truth and rise against perpetuation of injustice in this political death. Silence is indifferently to encourage culture of impunity. More enforcement officers will continue to disrespect human lives and the power holder will be reluctant to reform the institutions. Hence, silence is not an option.
Any queries please contact Azura at 011-110716056
Ng Geok Chee
Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy
Note : Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy is a non-governmental organisation that supports Teoh family to seek justice for the late Teoh Beng Hock, who was killed at the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam on 16 July 2009, after a marathon interrogation by Selangor MACC. Please find out more information at www.teohbenghock.org