KUALA LUMPUR: It was an emotionally charged ceremony when a moot court was renamed after murdered Deputy Public Prosecutor Anthony Kevin Morais and tribute paid to him.
Emotions ran higher when a video montage of Kevin’s life was screened and a poem dedicated to him was read out by his colleague Umi Kalusom Ahmad.
The tribute was by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), where Kevin had been seconded to from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.
The MACC renamed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Academy moot court after Kevin yesterday.
MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed described Kevin as “humble, friendly and responsible”, adding that the DPP’s untimely demise was a huge loss to his family, the MACC and the A-G’s Chambers.
Abu Kassim hasn’t fully recovered from a surgery he underwent in August and is on medical leave, but decided to attend the ceremony.
Unfortunately, he suddenly felt unwell halfway through his speech and his deputy Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull had to finish it for him.
Shukri was holding back tears as he finished reading out Abu Kassim’s 14-page speech.
“Those still living vow to make your sacrifice our strength in fighting corruption no matter how big or small.
“No one is above the law, no matter how powerful they are,” he said.
Kevin’s brother Charles Suresh was teary-eyed even before the ceremony started.
In his speech, Charles demanded justice for his brother.
“I pray to God that the people who did this will get the death penalty.
“The buck stops here with Kevin’s demise.
“Nothing should get them away from what they deserve,” he said.
Kevin’s other siblings, David Ramesh and Richard Dilaan, were also in tears, along with many others at the ceremony.
Earlier, Abu Kassim said any attempts to obstruct the MACC’s investigations would always come to nought.
He said Kevin’s murder might have caused a delay, but “will not affect the outcome”.
Abu Kassim did not mince words when he made reference to the macai (lackeys) who try to obstruct investigations or corruption trials.
“Their evil deeds will haunt them for the rest of their lives,” he said, adding that they might be able to hide for awhile, “but not forever”.
Kevin went missing on Sept 4 and his body was found by the police in a cement-filled oil drum in Subang Jaya on Sept 16.
Eight people, including an army pathologist, have been accused of murdering him.