Media Comment by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, 22nd July 2009:
Teoh Beng Hock’s death - Cabinet decision on Royal Commission of Inquiry falls far short of public expectation, unsatisfactory and unacceptable
I am disappointed by the Cabinet decision on the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock.
There will be no Royal Commission of Inquiry into the causes of Teoh’s death although an inquest would be held.
A Royal Commission of Inquiry will be set up, but only to look into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) investigative procedures and to determine if there were any human right violations when Teoh Beng Hock was being interrogated.
This falls short of public expectations and is unsatisfactory and unacceptable.
What the Malaysian public want is a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the mysterious causes of Teoh’s death at 14th floor of MACC Hqrs, the investigating procedures of MACC as well as into the independence, professionalism and integrity of the MACC whether it has become the catspaw of its political masters to declare war on the Pakatan Rakyat instead of declaring war on corruption.
MCA, Gerakan, MIC and SUPP Ministers have led the Teoh family and the public “up the garden path” into believing that they support a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh’s death.
Did they press for a RCI into the causes of Teoh’s death and were outvoted by the rest of the Cabinet or had they agreed all along to only have a RCI into the investigative techniques of MACC but not into Teoh’s death.
Let MCA President and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, Gerakan President Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon and all the other Ministers concerned speak up!
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor