Royal Commission’s Shocker


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Royal Commission’s Shocker: Teoh Beng Hock committed suicide

S Pathmawathy & Wong Teck Chi
Jul 21, 11
2:45pm

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato Seri Nazri Aziz has disclosed that the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the death of Teoh Beng Hock found the political aide had committed suicide.

Though the finding do not divert from the official line of explanation by the authorities into the tragedy that occurred in mid-2009, Nazri said the RCI had determined the suicide was the result of continuous and aggressive questioning by officials of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Three MACC officers were found to have continuously used interrogation tactics that were “agresif dan tidak wajar” (aggressive and inappropriate) and therefore in violation of the regulations, Nazri told a press conference in Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon.

The three officers are former Selangor investigations unit head Hishammudin Hashim, investigation officer Mohd Anuar Ismail and assistant superintendent Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus.

“The MACC had conducted investigations following information that a Selangor executive councillor and assemblyperson was involved in false allocation claims for his own party interest.

“Teoh was supposed to be the key witness for MACC which investigated the allegation involving the DAP executive councillor.

“MACC’s investigation mounted pressure on Teoh to make a confession as evidence,” said Nazri. However, Nazri added, the MACC officials did not have the intention of killing then aide to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah.

“He was felt pressured and stressed as a result of continuous interrogation techniques,” said Nazri.

Nevertheless, said Nazri, the government assures that “appropriate action will be taken against those officers involved who went against MACC procedure based on the rules and laws already in place”.

The commissioners’ conclusion that Teoh had committed suicide was strengthened by psychiatric findings that the latter was “weak in character.”

This was based on the testimony of forensic psychiatrist Paul Edward Mullen, who was engaged by the Bar Council. Mullen had testified that he believed Teoh killed himself based on Teoh’s character, which had changed from a low-risk group (with the potential for suicide) to the high-risk group, as a result of aggressive and continuous interrogation by MACC officers.

“Having considered all the evidence in its entirety, we found that Teoh was driven to commit suicide by the aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous interrogation to which he was subjected by certain officers of the MACC who were involved in the ongoing operation by the Selangor MACC on the night of the 15 and into the morning of the 16,” reads the report.

Commissioners were unanimous in their decision

Nazri said the commissioners, who were unanimous in their decision, have recommended that MACC’s interrogation procedures be reviewed. He added that the government is saddened by the incident that had taken Teoh’s life and gave a commitment that appropriate action will be taken against the officers who had flaunted the procedures.

He also urged interested parties, including Teoh’s family, to put an end to the “episode” with the report out in public. Besides concluding the circumstances surrounding Teoh’s death, the RCI panel was also entrusted to look into MACC’s interrogation procedures.

It was recommended that the anti-graft authority review its entrance qualifications, upgrade infrastructure and public facilities and revamp its training schemes.

The report said: “But what is most saddening and regrettable is that the operation that the Selangor MACC embarked upon led to the death of Teoh, a promising young man in the prime of life who had everything to look forward to.”

“His family was robbed of a son and brother, his fiancee of a husband and his then unborn child of a father. We can feel the pain and anguish that they must have suffered and continue to suffer as a result of the callous machinations and attitudes of the MACC officers who were involved in the operation.

“We express our heartfelt sympathies on the loss that the family of Teoh and his fiancee and son have had to bear and continue to bear. We can only hope that time will assuage their pain.”

Nazri acceded that the report has shown “many weaknesses” in MACC’s procedures and vowed that the government is committed to reviewing its techniques.

Nazri said the commissioners have recommended that MACC’s interrogation procedures be reviewed. On June 25, the five-member RCI panel submitted its 124-page report to the Agong after collecting evidence from February  14 and ending its proceedings on May 18.

Teoh was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor service corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after being questioned overnight at the Selangor MACC headquarters at its 14th floor.

Teoh was questioned as a witness on alleged irregularities into the disbursement of Selangor government funds by his employer, Seri Kembangan assemblyperson Ean Yong Hian Wah. Ean Yong  was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing.

A coroner’s inquest into Teoh’s death had returned an open verdict, leading the government to set up the RCI to look into the circumstances of his death, as well as to evaluate MACC’s interrogation procedures.

The RCI proceedings, which stretched over a period of four months, heard testimonies from 70 witnesses, and 19,200 notes of proceedings were recorded.

The RCI report, priced at RM45, will be available at the legal affairs department of the Prime Minister’s Office from 10am tomorrow (July 22).

14 thoughts on “Royal Commission’s Shocker

  1. The Royal Commission on Teoh Beng Hock has spoken and come to a decision on the cause of the death of Teoh Beng Hock. It is suicide. Their decision is final, although it is controversial. The 3 MACC officers who conducted the interrogation must now show cause for violating procedures.

    It is important for us to know its recommendations on MACC interrogation procedures and methods and its management systems. Let us hope the MACC will implement the RCI recommendations in toto. It has the opportunity provided by this RCI report to reimage itself and regain public confidence. In the meantime, the Ahmad Sarbani Inquest is in progress. –Din Merican

  2. I think the whole exercise of TBH’s RCI boils down to nothing. They may recommend, suggest and even insist, but the fact remains that it ultimately it is ‘wrongful death’ for political expediency. Anyone wants to correct my jaundiced view?

    While condolences to TBHs family are manifestly inadequate, i wish them Godspeed in their subsequent pursuit for Justice and Truth. My unsolicited advice is best expressed thus, as i don’t foresee that being possible in this Government which is intent on preserving their own skin:

  3. Sarbani’s inquest is going to be a carbon copy of this inquest, he committed suicide. MACC can reimage itself however they want but never go there alone after-hours or just don’t go there alone at all. I wish Nazri can wipe that stupid smirk on his face. Nothing happy about anybody’s death.

  4. In Malaysia, suicide is the official label for person murdered by BN Government. Malaysians that continue to vote for BN can expect this curse to continue.

  5. Does “aggressive questioning” include “enhanced interrogation” (an Orwellian Newspeak term for what ordinary, decent people call “torture”)?

    Adolf Hitler ordered General Erwin Rommel to commit suicide.
    And then gave him a military hero’s funeral.

    So Hitler is not culpable for Rommel’s suicide?

  6. What is Dato Seri Nazri smiling about in the picture? Has he got a sick mind to rejoice in the death of an innocent young man?

  7. Din,
    I am sorry! Najib & BN must go. No need to be optimistic about Najib’s pathetic reform! He must be thrown out. As for MACC, the entire team should be sacked & disbanded. It’s a pathetic disgrace.
    As for Hisham, he should be “mampus” by ballot box (I doubt) or through excessive public pressure

  8. IS ROYAL COMMISSION INFALLIBLE???

    The conclusions of the RCI may not be the truth.
    James Foong & others in RCI concluded that Teoh was tortured mentally that he broke down & then committed suicide. That is just one hypothesis. Why don’t RCI entertain other hypotheses???
    Only God or Allah knows how Teoh died.
    Teoh Beng Hock would still be alive if he was not interrogated by the MACC in MACC premises for a meagre sum of RM2400 misappropriation in the wee hours and under the cover of the nite.
    Other cases involved in millions were treated quite differently.
    See how MACC treat UMNO ex MB Khir Toyo with utmost respect. Teoh was from the opposition DAP.
    James Foong, there is a political side as well.
    Teoh could be killed by the MACC officers. (similar to police killing 279 people during 2000-9)
    Can you exclude that possibility, James Foong?
    RCI said Teoh could have committed suicide. But why should he? There is no good reason.
    Teoh was getting married & going to be a father soon. Why should Teoh wants to die?
    Teoh could have given WHAT the MACC wanted under a Forced Confessions and he could tell the court that he gave confessions under duress and intimidations.
    Teoh is not stupid. He mixed with politicians.

    MACC must take responsibility for his death.
    MACC and other govt agencies must be responsible for anyone they take into custody.
    Many had died under govt custody!!!
    The object of MACC is to cause the death of the suspect or the witness.
    It is not the aim of the MACC to confirm their suspicion through force & torture.
    The aim is to get the truth.
    It looks like MACC is interrogation based on the Stalin Regime where NKVD Police Chiefs like Yagoda, Yezhov and Beria extrace FORCED CONFESSIONS through torture, coercion etc. This was the SHOW TRIALS during the Stalin Purge of 1936-1938
    Many innocent people were executed & killed just through suspicions.
    MACC must take responsibility for his death.
    The Minister in charge of MACC & MACC officers involved must resign like London Metro Police Chief Sir Paul Stephenson & his Deputy John Yates in the phone hacking scandal in London (19-20 July 2011)

    Does UMNO govt use the Police, AG, Judges, MACC do the dirty work?
    James Foong is not God. He is just a human being. He can come to the wrong conclusions.

    Robert Chan

  9. The conclusions of the RCI may not be the truth.
    James Foong & others in RCI concluded that Teoh was tortured mentally that he broke down & then committed suicide. That is just one hypothesis. Why don’t RCI entertain other hypotheses???
    Only God or Allah knows how Teoh died.
    Teoh Beng Hock would still be alive if he was not interrogated by the MACC in MACC premises for a meagre sum of RM2400 misappropriation in the wee hours and under the cover of the nite.
    Other cases involved in millions were treated quite differently.
    See how MACC treat UMNO ex MB Khir Toyo with utmost respect. Teoh was from the opposition DAP.
    James Foong, there is a political side as well.
    Teoh could be killed by the MACC officers. (similar to police killing 279 people during 2000-9)
    Can you exclude that possibility, James Foong?
    RCI said Teoh could have committed suicide. But why should he? There is no good reason.
    Teoh was getting married & going to be a father soon. Why should Teoh wants to die?
    Teoh could have given WHAT the MACC wanted under a Forced Confessions and he could tell the court that he gave confessions under duress and intimidations.
    Teoh is not stupid. He mixed with politicians.

    MACC must take responsibility for his death.
    MACC and other govt agencies must be responsible for anyone they take into custody.
    Many had died under govt custody!!!
    The object of MACC is NOT to cause the death of the suspect or the witness.
    It is not the aim of the MACC to confirm their suspicion through force & torture.
    The aim is to get the truth.
    It looks like MACC interrogation is based on the Stalin Regime where NKVD Police Chiefs like Yagoda, Yezhov and Beria extracted FORCED CONFESSIONS through torture, coercion etc. This was the SHOW TRIALS during the Stalin Purge of 1936-1938
    Many innocent people were executed & killed just through suspicions.
    MACC must take responsibility for the death of Teoh Beng Hock.
    How will MACC Chief feels if the Police takes his son for interrogation resulting in his son’s death???
    The Minister in charge of MACC & MACC officers involved must resign like London Metro Police Chief Sir Paul Stephenson & his Deputy John Yates in the phone hacking scandal in London (19-20 July 2011)

    Does UMNO govt use the Police, AG, Judges, MACC do the dirty work?
    James Foong is not God. He is just a human being. He can come to the wrong conclusions.

    Robert Chan

  10. One night of “questioning” can send a guy off the deep end? The US war machine would like to learn from us.

  11. James Foong is not God. He is a human being but what kind of human being? Has he erred in finding the conclusion or his duty was just add legitimation to the conclusion without looking into the facts objectively?

  12. Now that the 3 are suspended and will be interrogated at a later date. With intense interrogation and as detailed by Berita Harian, these 3 fellow may commit or will commit suicide. Hope what Berita Harian said about TBH will come true for these 3 fellow.

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