First case of death-in-custody in MACC HQ

Question: How did Sel Exco/Serdang SA Ean Yong Hian Wah’s political secretary, Teo Beng Hock in custody at 14th floor Sel MACC Hqrs since yesterday, died from fall?


Jul 16, 09 5:10pm
Teo Beng Hock, 30, an aide of Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, has plunged to his death at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Selangor headquarters in Shah Alam.

Teo’s body was found on the rooftop of a building next to the towering block which houses the MACC headquarters.

He was believed to have jumped from the 14th floor of the tower block where MACC Selangor is located.

Yesterday, Teo was taken to the MACC headquarters for questioning in relation to a probe concerning several Pakatan assemblypersons.

When the news broke, Pakatan leaders, including Ean, rushed to the building.

Other DAP leaders who are at the MACC headquarters included Ronnie Liu, Teng Chang Khim and Tony Pua.

Both Liu and Teng, after having waited for over one hour at the building, confirmed that Teo had died.

Jul 15, 09 4:12pm
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raided the offices of two Selangor Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives, including a member of the state cabinet.

The duo – both from DAP – are Seri Kembangan assemblyperson and state exco Ean Yong Hian Wah and Kampung Tunku assemblyperson Lau Weng San.

According to Ean (left in photo above), a six-member MACC team raided his service centre in Seri Kembangan at around 12.30pm.

Three hours later, the team also raided the Selangor DAP chief’s exco office located in the state secretariat building in Shah Alam.

The raid is related to MACC’s probe on seven Pakatan Rakyat Selangor state reps in relation to the use of state funds in their respective constituencies.

The MACC team left Ean’s office around 3.45pm, only to return some 10 minutes later.

This time, the MACC officers confiscated a laptop belonging to Ean’s political secretary Teo Beng Hock as well as a desktop computer, which were sent to the Selangor MACC headquarters in Shah Alam.

Teo was also taken to the headquarters to assist in the investigation. He was accompanied by Kota Alam Shah representative M Manoharan, who acted as Teo’s lawyer.

“The team leader, known only as Mohd Anwar, told me that he left earlier because he was uncomfortable with the presence of many journalists at the scene,” said Ean, who is state exco in charge of new village development and solution for unlicensed factories.

“He also said that all Selangor assemblypersons will be investigated but I am not sure if this also includes those from BN,” he added.

Ean also said that the officers failed to provide any identification before conducting their investigation and refused to reveal the complainants who had lodged the report against the state representatives.

“However, when asked what was the investigation based on, they only said, ‘we have received instructions from the top’,” said Ean.

Apart from Ean and Lau, the other five Pakatan reps being probed are Teresa Kok (Kinrara), Hannah Yeoh (Subang), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama) and Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing).

Earlier Ean lambasted the move, alleging that the investigation and raids were ‘politically motivated’.

Previously, the commission have quizzed several people, including the personal aides of five assemblypersons – Ean, Lau, Kok, Wong and Yeoh.

Selangor state representatives are given RM500,000 each every year to fund community programmes in their respective constituencies.

Lau: More states reps on the list

Speaking at a press conference later, Lau said that his aides at his service centre in Petaling Jaya were questioned by the MACC officers at about 12.30pm while he was attending the state assembly sitting in Shah Alam.

Upon hearing the news, he went to his Kampung Tunku office at around 1.30pm and told the MACC officers that he would cooperate with the investigation.

“I showed all my community programmes documents to them,” he said.

Lau added that all documents pertaining to the use of state funds are kept in the land office.

“The land office is very strict when it comes to claims for our community programmes. In fact, in our submission (for the claims), we need to attach photos (as evidence of community programmes held) to our forms before it is being sent to the land office,” he said.

According to Lau, it is also learnt that similar investigations will be carried out on Pakatan representatives in the Gombak area of Selangor.

He further brushed off suggestions made by Kok previously who claimed that MACC were targeting Chinese elected representatives.

“I think they are targeting all Pakatan reps, regardless their races,” said Lau.

Wong, who is also a state exco, said that she and her office have yet to be investigated by the MACC officers.

“Although I welcome any investigation carried by them, I would also like to know what happened to our complaints made against BN state reps who have misused state funds,” she said.

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  1. #1 by SpeakUp on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 12:08 pm

    OrangRojak … you may be very right in putting it that way. Still, its most amazing how it happened huh? I never heard that a witness is taken in to obtain his assistance all night long. Interesting …

  2. #2 by OrangRojak on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 12:52 pm

    SpeakUp – there are very many regrettable and suspicious circumstances around this young man’s death. Aside from hearsay, we know very little besides the fact that a young man is dead. I wrote an article some time ago about another … unsatisfactorily explained death. There are things that Malaysians – and any concerned person – can do to make it more likely that a satisfactory explanation can be obtained. I would implore anybody that might have any shred of even tenuously-related information, to first of all make it secure, second provide a copy to the authorities, third, to make it public and fourth, to collaborate with others who can help to bring the pieces together in an unprejudiced way.

    Anybody who was in or around the location at the time of Teoh Beng Hock’s death, should take the time to write down anything they recall of the night. Anybody who made a phone call or sent an SMS from or to the area should take a photo of their phone’s call log. Anybody who took a photo or a movie clip in the whole of Shah Alam should archive a copy of their photos, no matter how irrelevant they appear. Anybody who works nearby and has records of street-facing CCTV or car park security cameras, should try to make a copy of the night’s data. If there are handwritten security logs for visitors or car movements, take a photo of that night’s pages. Even examples like your ‘assistance all night long’ should be recorded – with details of who said it, when, where, was it heard first hand or reported elsewhere, an image copy of the webpage source, if that’s where the info was found (you can’t rely on URLs, as you’ll know if you’ve ever quoted NST).

    There are obvious privacy concerns, but someone has died far too young in distressing circumstances. Publishing personal information is, in my view, better than the fake privacy that is privileged access when we do not always consent to it.

    Do you know the saying “if you want the job done right, do it yourself?”. I actually think there was a better chance of a citizen investigation into the circumstances around the death of the person whose name I’m not certain I can mention without risk, given the profiles of the people involved and some of the locations the ‘action’ took place. It’s possibly too long ago now. Even if people record far more data (in the form of phone logs, pictures / movies, blogs, IMs etc) than they ever did before, the lifespan of the records can be very short. I still think Malaysians could spend their time and efforts more productively by collaborating on citizen investigations than they do by posting prejudice on blogs.

    Just been reminded I should be working … again.

  3. #3 by Joshua Tan Kok Hauw on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 1:20 pm

    MACC has been transformed into the henchman,MP-5,AK-47 and nuclear missile of BN-led government to terminate the political lives of Pakatan Rakyat MPs and SLAssemblypersons.

    Let’s send all the murderers of Teoh Beng Hock to hell.

  4. #4 by negarawan on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 1:32 pm

    UMNO and the police will cover this case as usual, and the murderers in MACC will go scott free, like many of the criminals who work for UMNO.

  5. #5 by Lee HS on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 1:39 pm

    If our country has “murderers” acting as investigators, more deaths can be expected.

  6. #6 by SpeakUp on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 1:49 pm

    Kugan’s case also now is all quiet, after Kugan was another Indian fella. Now its Teoh … how many more to go before the nightmare stops?

  7. #7 by siamo on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 2:10 pm

    And we have this Minister in the PM’s Dept, giving his “trademark idiotic” (quoting another blogger) response.

    Najib should learn not to allow this guy to add salt to wound. Each time he opens his mouth, you know something silly is coming.

    Isn’t this the guy who was Minister for Entrepreneur Development (?) who issued a mountain of taxi licences during his term. When the ACA want to interview him, his remarks were so silly and politically incorrect. I remember he said that he and the government are the bosses and the ACA works for them and so ACA has no right to come for him? (as if he is above the law). I would have thought that he should say that if the ACA has enough evidence, they can come for him.

    I wonder why Najib still retain him? Something we don’t know?

  8. #8 by siamo on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 4:52 pm

    Oh my God, I just found out that Nazri is the de facto law minister??

    With his comments on the taxi licence case as above, he has absolutely no eligibility to be have anything with law and justice. So, it make me wonder even more why Najib put him in that position?

  9. #9 by siamo on Friday, 17 July 2009 - 5:00 pm

    MACC is supposed to a legacy of AAB, our former PM?

    What legacy? Legacy of secret police, persecution and suppression of legitimate political dissent for the BN to stay in power?

    The MACC is clearly an institution used by the BN government to persecute and shame the Opposition so that they can perpetuate their rule. Why is the MACC not going after the PKFZ, Khir Toyo?

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