Anwar on Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s testimony at Teoh Beng Hock’s Inquest


October 22, 2009

Anwar:  Dr Pornthip’s testimony very grave

by S Pathmawathy (October 21, 2009)

mk50The explosive testimony by Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest today was not surprising but nevertheless grave, said Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.  Anwar said that Pornthip’s statement that there was an 80 percent probability that Teoh’s death was homicide and 20 percent that he took his own life was startling.

“Although the revelations were not surprising as I was suspicious of statements from the other pathologists, I did not think it would be as bad as this,” he said.

Anwar, who is also the Permatang Pauh PKR parliamentarian, said: “I hope the responsible parties, including the judge will decide justly. The testimony of Pornthip cannot be taken lightly because she is a leading forensics expert in the region.”

NONEAt the inquest today, Pornthip said that Teoh could have been strangled before his fatal fall from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam as there were marks around Teoh’s neck that indicated such a possibility.

Furthermore, she pointed out that Teoh’s skull fracture was not typical of an injury from a fall.

On another matter, Anwar said Pakatan will study in detail the recently released Auditor-General’s report.

“We are, however, proud of the positive reports on the Selangor and Penang governments as compared to the major blunders in BN run states,” he said.

Pakatan parliamentarians, meanwhile, called on the government to take action against ministers for poor management of funds which had resulted in excess expenditure.

Petaling Jaya Utara DAP MP Tony Pua said the 2008 Auditor-General’s report is littered with rampant and unapproved over-expenditure and cost overruns by government departments and agencies.

Among the glaring examples were the purchase of equipment at wildly inflated prices by the Human Resources Ministry, like the Miri Training Tinstitute (ILP) when it paid nearly 3,000 percent above market price for a RM990 pole platform, and the Kepala Batas ILP which paid 800 percent above market price for a RM1,500 cabinet,” he said.

Pua said the lack of strict measures to curb excess spending has created an additional fiscal strain on the government’s coffers which may in turn hamper efforts to stimulate the economy.‘A mockery of the Budget Debate

“What is the point of debating the budget for approval if it keeps getting overshot?” he asked.

Citing the national audit report, he pointed out more discrepancies, for example, the purchase of 6.86 hectares of land in Balakong by Prasarana, a company managed by the finance ministry, cost 40 percent more than the price recommended by an independent valuer, which is RM8.8 million more.

“Prasarana paid RM31.03 million despite the RM22.17 million valuation conducted (and) the piece of land is yet to be put to use,” he said.

“The education ministry paid RM57,493 for landscaping supplies and works which cost between 470 percent to 800 percent more than the highest prices offered in another quotation sourced by the Auditor-General’s office,” he added.

dap 2010 budget rocket cafe 071009 tony pua 01Pua (right) also highlighted the lack of financial discipline and abuses since 2000, where the government’s operational expenditure had always exceeded the budget passed by the Parliament by five percent.

Several ministries named in the report were the fnance ministry which exceeded its budget by RM772 million; the health ministry by RM690 million; and the defence ministry by RM658 million.

“(The excesses) often makes a complete mockery of the annual Budget debate by the country’s legislature,” he said.

Pua stressed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also the finance minister must take “concrete action to stem and check the increasingly endemic financial discipline in government departments.

“Officers who are unable to comply to expenditure limits… must face serious action such as sacking or suspension to ensure mistake are not repeated,” he said.

Pua added that Najib has to redeem the credibility of Budget 2010 by introducing measures against the reckless disregard by the government departments.

12 thoughts on “Anwar on Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand’s testimony at Teoh Beng Hock’s Inquest

  1. If BN is serious about justice, then the entire MACC officer should be rounded up. But then again it will be anotter ayantulla saga. PKR must remember its support from voters is not just because of injustices of NEP and lack of real opportunities for the underpreviledged, it is the police state, the religious extremism, that galvanizes the support.

    For those BN supporters out there, tell us, how do you justify a government that kills the innocent? BN Muslim leaders and even our royalty are hypocrites when it comes to the matter of Teoh, they are deaf and mute. If something like this is perpetuated on their family, I doubt they would be deaf and mute. If God was to grant me a wish today, all I would wish for it for all these BN leaders to be deaf and mute everyday.

    PKR must call for the suspension of all the MACC officers involved, and issue a policy statement of what it would do to correct such heinous crimes perpetuated by a government agency.

  2. Indeed Dr Pornthip ia the towering personality that Najib wanted to promote when he talked about “Glocal” concept. But unfortunately she is a Thai and not Malaysian. She really put the whole bunch of pathologist or the forensic professionals to shame as she shows what is professionalism means. I am saying her findings must be correct but at least it clearly shows she did her homework and backed up by reason and knowledge and not laughable assumptions.

    By the way, my apology to those true local professional forensic experts out there. Perhaps you are as good as Dr. Pornthip but the country let u down or denied u an opportunity to shine.

  3. Folks,
    Auditor-General’s Report 2008. Why bother to do an audit anyway ? Year in year out , we read all the same “shits”.

    If it is not paying an exorbitant price for a set of spanners , or carjack and now an Acer laptop costing more than RM 42,000. Hey, folks, top of the range super laptop Fujitsu or Toshiba costs around RM 20,000 .

    Next few weeks, there will be ” hue and cry ” on the Auditor-General’s Report, some Ministry officials will make some statements . What is new ? By end December 2009, all will be forgotten until Auditor- Genera’sl 2009 Report, next year.

    Come on MACC ! Go and investigate why a laptop costs RM 42,000 if you can spend time interrogate a witness over RM 2,400.

    Can some YBs in BN ( with an honest heart ) tell the citizens of Malaysia, whose hard earned money paid as taxes, how he or she can do something about such abuse of public funds, since you are in the ruling coalition ?

  4. ” I am saying her findings must be correct but at least it clearly shows she did her homework and backed up by reason and knowledge and not laughable assumptions.”

    A question of fact for the trial judge.But what is there to stop the trial judge from believing one expert testimony over another? That’s the problem with expert testimony. Bring in one expert and I’ll bring in another who would say the opposite.

    What is there to stop the coroner from taking his employer’s side??

  5. In any case we’re no nearer to proving who murdered the guy. If the verdict is death by homicide, who did it?? The criminal trial will be another horse and pony show.

  6. No means for private prosecution, Bean, unlike in the States.
    For all the hype, we are ruled by oligarchs in the form of sharks. Halal sharkfins soup anyone?

  7. It is a sad day for all Malaysians. In the 70s and 80s the Thais always looked up to Malaysian. They admired our rule of law when their country was had thwe rule by law. Today many Malaysians are looking up to this Thai Lady who has the courage of her convictions. The commitment to the rule of law is paramount in the building democratic institutions that will stand the test of time.We are badly in need of infrastructure that can support democracy.

  8. To get to the bottom of TBH’s death is very simple. Just engage some foreign experts and ‘waterboard’ all those involved in interrogating TBH including the top two guy and the mystery will be solved. Will the BN Government do it?

  9. hursday, October 22, 2009
    Nizar OII!! Malu Gagal Saman Tun Dr Mahathir, Anwar Atartuk Sengaja Alihkan Isu

    Esok adalah tarikh di mana Mahkamah Rayuan menetapkan untuk mendengar rayuan pendakwa raya terhadap perintah agar pihaknya membekalkan dokumen yang dipohon oleh Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dalam kes liwatnya.

    Pada hari yang sama esok, mahkamah turut mendengar rayuan balas Anwar terhadap keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi yang menolak permohonannya bagi mendapatkan contoh spesimen asid deoksiribonukleik (DNA) pengadu iaitu Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 24.

    Ini berikutan pada 16 Julai lalu, Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi, Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd. Diah membenarkan permohonan Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) itu agar pendakwa raya membekalkan dokumen-dokumen penting bagi membantu beliau menyediakan pembelaannya.

    Ia termasuk rakaman percakapan Mohd. Saiful, Dr. Osman Abdul Hamid dari Pusat Rawatan Islam (Pusrawi), pemilik kondominium, Hassanuddin Abdul Hamid dan tiga lagi saksi.

    Dokumen lain termasuk rakaman Sistem Kamera Litar Tertutup (CCTV) dari pondok pengawal di Kondominium Desa Damansara, Bukit Damansara dan kawasan lif Blok 11 kondominium itu di antara 25 Jun dan 27 Jun tahun lalu.

    Mahkamah Tinggi pada 24 Julai lalu bagaimanapun membenarkan pelaksanaan perintah itu ditangguhkan sementara menunggu rayuan pendakwa raya di Mahkamah Rayuan esok.

    Tetapi seperti biasa Anwar Ibrahim dan Komplot Pembangkang akan mengalih perhatian rakyat Malaysia dengan pelbagai perkara apabila tarikh perbicaraan yang melibatkan beliau semakin hampir.

    Ini dibuktikan dengan beberapa hari yang lepas Anwar telah gagal dalam permohonannya untuk menyaman Tun Dr Mahathir dan Anwar terpaksa membayar kos perbicaraan Tun. Akibat malu besar, Dr Meletop telah diimport Anwar Ibrahim dan Komplot Pembangkang dari Thailand untuk kononnya mendedahkan kepincangan bedah siasat Teoh.

    Tetapi hakikatnya ramai menyedari ia adalah disebabkan Anwar Ibrahim dan Komplot Pembangkang ingin menutup malu daripada kegagalan menyaman Tun Dr Mahathir yang mana kegagalan Anwar menyaman Tun Dr Mahathir seakan-akan mengiakan pernyataan Negarawan itu yang pernah menyatakan Anwar Ibrahim seorang pengamal Homoseksual.

    Serta kenyataan Dr Meletop daripada Thailand ini sebenarnya juga mengalih perhatian masyarakat daripada mengikuti perbicaraan melibatkan Anwar esok. Jika benar diluluskan atau tidak permohonan Anwar. Lambakkan bahan bukti seperti DNA,CCTV dan rakaman percakapan saksi-saksi akan menyebabkan rakyat berfikir 2 kali, adakah ini sekadar rekayasa kerajaan seperti dikatakan Anwar atau sememangnya kenyataan.

    Amat memalukan Anwar Ibrahim lagi apabila sebenarnya Anwar sengaja ingin kalah dalam permohonan menyaman Tun kerana peguam-peguamnya tidak berdaya melawan hujah yang dikemukakan peguam dan Tun sendiri. Lihat laporan rakan Kumbang NTAnwar di sini.

    Justeru itu mahu atau tidak mahu perhatian masyarakat harus dialih terhadap perkara lain untuk menyelamatkan survival politik beliau. Lihat sahaja deretan isu melibatkan Komplot Pembangkang dewasa ini yang seakan-akan sengaja ditimbulkan untuk mengalih perhatian masyarakat daripada mengikuti kes liwat beliau. Daripada Hassan Ali,Azmin Ali hingga sampai ke Sabah ,Sarawak dan terimportnya Dr Meletop. Isu-isu ini hanya sekadar ingin mengalih perhatian.

    Ayuh kita tumpukan perhatian esok serta bulan depan terhadap Perbicaraan Tuduhan Kes Liwat Anwar Ibrahim. Liputan meluas perlu kita berikan untuk masyarakat tahu siapa Anwar Ibrahim.

    Jika ingin tangguh lagi, Anwar jangan bicara soal perjuangan!

    Untuk maklumat lanjut mengenai kaitan Anwar Ibrahim dengan Amerika dan isu-isu anti Anwar yang lain. Sertai E-Group AIDC sekarang. Klik Sini.

  10. You can’t really blame our local pathologists for not being good in their chosen profession. If Mahathir has been able to make judges eat out from his hand, I cannot see why pathologists and the others cannot be made to do the same by his successors.

    Bringing in qualified and experienced foreign experts is an acknowledgment that undue influence is being brought to bear on local professionals. But I would have second thoughts in bringing in colorful characters like this Dr Porn.

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