Teoh Beng Hock like Ahmad Sarbaini, Aminurasyid and V.Kugan will be among priority cases of “transitional justice” in a new Pakatan Rakyat government in Putrajaya after 13GE to address past human rights violations and rebuild social trust in a democratic system of governance


We are here to remember Teoh Beng Hock, cruel victim of injustice and misgovernance, and to reaffirm our commitment to continue to do all we can to ensure that we will not cease until justice is done to Beng Hock and his family.

The death of Teoh Beng Hock at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters at Shah Alam on July 16, 2009, together with cases of Ahmad Sarbaini, Aminurasyid and V. Kugan will be among the priority cases of “transitional justice” in a new Pakatan Rakyat government in Putrajaya after the 13th General Election to address human rights violations and rebuild social trust in a democratic system of governance.

What is “transitional justice”?

Let me quote from the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ):

Transitional justice refers to the set of judicial and non-judicial measures that have been implemented by different countries in order to redress the legacies of massive human rights abuses. These measures include criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations programs and various kinds of institutional reforms.

Transitional justice is not a ‘special’ kind of justice, but an approach to achieving justice in times of transition from conflict and/or state repression. By trying to achieve accountability and redressing victims, transitional justice provides recognition of the rights of victims, promotes civic trust and strengthens the democratic rule of law.

In the aftermath of massive human rights abuses, victims have well established rights to see the perpetrators punished, to know the truth, and to receive reparations.

Because systemic human rights violations affect not just the direct victims, but society as a whole, in addition to satisfying these obligations, states have duties to guarantee that the violations will not recur, and therefore, a special duty to reform institutions that were either involved in or incapable of preventing the abuses.

A history of unaddressed massive abuses is likely to be socially divisive, to generate mistrust between groups and in the institutions of the State, and to hamper or slow down the achievement of security and development goals. It raises questions about the commitment to the rule of law and, ultimately, can lead to cyclical recurrence of violence in various forms.

As it is seen in most countries where massive human rights violations take place, the claims of justice refuse to ‘go away.’

In recent decades, transitional justice has gained an important foundation in international law and increasingly, all states are expected to enshrine and uphold four fundamental obligations of vital importance in the area of human rights in the fight against impunity and respect for victims’ rights. These are:

• To take reasonable steps to prevent human rights violations;

• To conduct a serious investigation of violations when they occur;

• To impose suitable sanctions on those responsible for the violations;

• To ensure reparation for the victims of the violation.

In the tragic case of Teoh Beng Hock, the Malaysian government has failed to live up to all these four fundamental obligations – powerful reasons why transitional justice has to be invoked when there is a change of government in Putrajaya in the 13GE.

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak broke his solemn undertaking to Teoh Beng Hock’s family on July 28, 2009 that “no stone would be left unturned” to find the causes and circumstances of TBH’s death. It is clear that the Najib administration is not serious in wanting to bring Teoh’s killers to justice.

Two weeks ago, MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamad said the MACC would decide on the form of disciplinary action against three MACC officers named by the TBH Royal Commission of Inquiry of having “driven…Teoh…to commit suicide…by their aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous interrogation” – when the three should be charged in court for a variety of criminal offences including perjury at the RCI and the TBH inquest as well as the re-opening of high-powered investigation into Teoh’s killers as the RCI has found that the initial police investigations had been undermined by the conspiracy of “blue wall of silence” of MACC officers to thwart police investigations from establishing the truth and to pervert the course of justice.

The prioritisation of the case of Teoh Beng Hock for transitional justice will serve eight broad objectives – establishing the truth, providing victims a public platform, holding perpetrators accountable, strengthening the rule of law, providing victims with compensation, effectuating institutional reform, promoting reconciliation, and promoting public deliberation.

All cases of victims of gross violation of human rights and the culture of impunity, whether the mysterious deaths of Teoh Beng Hock, Ahmad Sarbaini, Aminurashid, V. Kugan, will be proper cases for transitional justice if Pakatan Rakyat forms the new government in Putrajaya in the 13GE.

(Speech at the forum “Justice in a Period of Change” as part of the Teoh Beng Hock third death anniversary programme held at KL/Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on Tuesday, 10th July 2012 at 8 pm)

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  1. #1 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 9:32 am

    Yeah, “retrospective transitional justice” is a must in order to return justice to the victim.

  2. #2 by limkamput on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 9:33 am

    We shall never rest unless the truth is unearthed on TBH. He was not a common criminal. What he went through was part racism, part persecution and part bullying, period. Of course our resident sage aka Jeffrey would say I am still in the basement while he and others are already in the fifth floor. To me, there was never a thorough and proper investigation from day one.

  3. #3 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 9:57 am

    And altan too. And and and her unborned child. Dont forget them. They were murdered without motive. Strange. No suggestion of insanity was ever raised. Only someone who is profoundly insane would kill another without reason.

  4. #4 by megaman on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 10:22 am

    Murder always come together with reason and motive.

    The death of Teoh Beng Hock did not occur for no reason neither was he summoned to the MACC HQ without any motive by the parties that demanded his presence there.

    Similarly for Ahmad Sarbaini, Aminurasyid, V.Kugan, Altantuya and many others.

    Oh yes, there always reasons, motives and most importantly evidence. Sooner or later, as long as we are persistent enough, things will unfold and truth will reveal itself.

  5. #5 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 11:01 am

    “…All cases of victims of gross violation of human rights and the culture of impunity, whether the mysterious deaths of Teoh Beng Hock, Ahmad Sarbaini, Aminurashid, V. Kugan, will be proper cases for transitional justice if Pakatan Rakyat forms the new government in Putrajaya in the 13GE….”

    Absolutely. Without a shadow of a doubt. Those that had committed or had a hand in covering up these heinous crimes must be brought to justice.

    “Transitional justice” should not be limited to only human rights abuses. Massive corruption and insitutionalized rape and plunder of public funds should also be equally punished when there is a change of Govt. Just as “systemic human rights violations affect not just the direct victims, but society as a whole…”, so does systemic corruption and stealing of state funds and taxpayers’ money.

    The courts will be kept busy for decades!!!

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 11:10 am

    What abt AI’s Sodomy 2 case?
    Will it b a priority case of “transitional justice” in a new PR gomen in Putrajaya after 13GE?
    AG’s Chambers had filed an appeal against d KL High Court’s decision 2 acquit AI of sodomy charges
    WHO said AG’s Chambers not seeking justice 4 rakyat?

  7. #7 by monsterball on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 11:55 am

    ‘no stones will be left unturned” said Najib on Teoh Beng Hock’s murder 3 years ago…. found out if he unturned the stones…all his gangsters and body guards racists carefully chosen by his UMNO b lawmakers…will all be sacked and investigated.
    So the stone CANNOT be unturned for the love of his own life….Mongolian girl C4ed.

  8. #8 by monsterball on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 12:11 pm

    Najib’s mind swing like a yoyo.
    One day dressed as a warrior ….death to the traitors.
    Next day dressed as Santa Clause….goodies to all…no more traitors.
    Shamelessly….. making deals in elections to buy votes in the past few by-elections.
    13th GE mammoth task…billions upon billions needed to buy votes…how to do it?
    Phantom votes and frauds ….all arranged and plan.
    Release that and win…Najib asking for big big trouble. He knows it too well.
    So delaying 13th GE….think…plan….how to fool voters…and buy time for his freedom….while he can get it.
    It’s the down fall of the Roman Empire….to be the downfall of the UMNO b Empire in Malaysia.
    It’s jail and deaths to all Traitors by Freedom Fighters.
    The die is cast!
    Najib kor…..when will you announce the 13th GE date to settle all things ….unsettled?????
    It’s

  9. #9 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 12:53 pm

    That is also why all wrong doers to avert facing “transitional justice” will conspire to defend Putrajaya at all costs with crushed bodies and broken bones if necessary in case PR wins the GE! The rise of political gangsterism of late without fear of reprisals or accountability for actions is the harbinger of events to come.

  10. #10 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 12:55 pm

    How many wrong doers if the lists expand beyond perpetrators of custodial deaths to those implicated in corruption? It will be legions.

  11. #11 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 - 2:34 pm

    ///To me, there was never a thorough and proper investigation from day one/// – Lim Kam Put

    Indeed I have not heard anyone here or in any other blogs (execpt Pro-UMNO ones) who has suggested otherwise. That investigators have not from day one conducted as thorough and proper an investigation that TBH’s sudden death deserves – whether due to the obvious “blue wall of silence” amongst MACC or the esprit de corp amongst investigation agencies – is a baseline assumption and perception of many amongst public and explains the unsatisfactoriness of the Inquest’s and RCI’s enquiries and conclusions since these have limited means/powers to do the investigative work at ground level as thoroughly as the agency (in this case police) charged with it.

  12. #12 by ringthetill on Friday, 13 July 2012 - 5:53 am

    I agree, let us not let them die in vain. We must improve life for all rakyat.

  13. #13 by mickeytiger2006 on Sunday, 15 July 2012 - 2:32 pm

    How to solve the cases when the main culprit is the pm!

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