Media Conference Statement by Lim Kit Siang at the Teoh Beng Hock funeral in Alor Gajah on Monday, 20th July 2009 at 9.30 am:
Najib should stop MACC war against PR and direct it to return to its original purpose of declaring war against corruption and focus on mega corruptions like RM12.5 billion PKFZ and RM24 million Istana Khir Toyo scandals
Right-thinking and justice-loving Malaysians regardless of race, religion or political beliefs must ensure that Teoh Beng Hock, political secretary to DAP Selangor State Exco and Seri Kembangan Assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, should not die in vain.
Firstly, what has happened to Malaysia 52 years after Merdeka that a young, healthy, vigorous and idealistic political activist could enter the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Shah Alam to co-operate with its investigations to end up as a flying corpse from the 14th floor MACC Hqrs?
The MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Ahmad Said, after two days of silence, made a heartless statement that MACC should not be blamed for Teoh’s death, ignoring the fact that Teoh was in MACC premises when the tragedy occurred.
What is even more outrageous is that in his statement, Ahmad Said showed no remorse, compassion or sympathy whatsoever for the death of Teoh.
Is a person who is so cold-blooded and totally bereft of the milk of kindness fit to head the MACC?
We want the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to hear the nation-wide outrage, anger and demand for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh’s death.
The people do not want to wait until Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting to discuss whether to have a Royal Commission of Inquiry but want Nazri to announce the setting up of such a Royal Commission of Inquiry when he returns from abroad tonight.
The MACC had deviated from its original objectives to eradicate corruption in Malaysia.
Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is acting like “thief shout thief” when he accused DAP and Pakatan Rakyat of “politicizing” the death of Teoh.
If anyone is guilty of politicizing MACC and causing Teoh’s death, it is Umno and Barisan Nasional which have turned MACC into its catspaw to persecute the Pakatan Rakyat.
MACC was formed to declare war against corruption. Instead, it declared war against Pakatan Rakyat.
Najib should stop the MACC war against PR and direct it to return to its original purpose of declaring war against corruption and focus on the mega-corruptions like RM12.5 billion PKFZ and RM24 million Istana Khir Toyo scandals.
Ahmad Said should resign as MACC Chief Commissioner or the Cabinet on Wednesday should immediately suspend him from office.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor