Gerakan urges MACC conduct internal investigation related to Teoh Beng Hock's death


KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan has urged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to conduct an internal investigation into its own investigative procedures to determine that there were no elements that could have led to the death of former political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

Party secretary-general Mak Kah Keong said Gerakan would write a letter to MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya to call for the investigation.

"She once said that MACC could not investigate itself but we think that excuse does not make sense.

"We believe that investigations can be done if there are mistakes in any undertaken task," he said.

He said an internal investigation would likely reveal the truth behind Teoh's death a decade ago.

"If the investigation is able to find criminal elements in Teoh's death, then it is up to the prosecution if they want to charge those involved," he said.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry in 2011 concluded that Teoh was driven to suicide due to the MACC's aggressive investigation methods, which Mah believes is stopping the police from investigating his death as murder.

Mah also said that based on that conclusion, Pakatan Harapan, especially DAP, should apologise to the MACC, the previous Barisan Nasional administration and Teoh's family for misleading Malaysians into believing that Barisan and MACC murdered Teoh.

However, he said Teoh's family is owed an explanation if criminal elements are found related to his death.

Teoh, who was the political aide to then Selangor Executive Councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam several hours after he was interrogated by

Selangor MACC at its office on the 14th floor of the same building.

Last July, police said it would comply with instructions from the Attorney General's Chambers to conduct further investigations into Teoh's death.

Recently, Attorney General Tommy Thomas said fresh investigations into Teoh's death have been classified under Section 342 of the Penal Code for wrongful confinement, as there was insufficient evidence to investigate Teoh's death for culpable homicide under Section 304 or 304A.

However, he said the reclassification would not prevent investigators from looking into the case to find out the truth.


   

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