LET’S put politics aside. Most of us have never met Teoh Beng Hock, the aide of a Selangor exco member, but Malaysia is angry with the circumstances leading to the death of this young man.
A man who is a novice to politics has died in a most tragic way with his body found sprawled on the fifth floor of a 20-storey building after a 10-hour grilling by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
A decent man, son, husband- and father-to-be is tragically gone, at a time when he and his loved ones were about to start a new chapter in their lives the next day.
There are many unanswered questions over how he died and Malaysians with any conscience should speak up and demand answers.
It’s not a question of protecting the integrity and credibility of the MACC; the issue here is about knowing the truth.
Malaysians find it hard to accept any suggestion that he committed suicide nor can we accept any insensitive innuendoes over his death.
The job is now with the police. They must investigate the case professionally, efficiently and quickly. We want the findings to be transparent. In fact, the Government should accept the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, with the power to call up witnesses. This is the only way to satisfy the public who have questioned the credibility of our institutions.
That will also prove that the Government has nothing to hide and is as interested as everyone else to get to the truth.
The Prime Minister and the Home Minister have both given their assurances that the case would be investigated thoroughly and when the Cabinet meets on Wednesday, it is most certain to be a top item on the agenda.For more, click here...