MACC police report against Dr. Pornthip – double test case for Selangor CPO Khalid and new MACC Chief Commissioner Abu Kassim

Last week, Selangor Chief Police Officer Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar announced a second police report lodged by the police over the mysterious death of DAP political aide, Teoh Beng Hock at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Shah Alam on July 16 last year.

Khalid said the police would be hauling up the Selangor DAP State Chairman and Selangor State Exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah under Section 506 of the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for allegedly intimidating the police in “directing” the police to cease their investigation of Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng for sedition.

Will Khalid direct the Selangor police to lodge a police report against himself, for Khalid had been guilty of the offence of publishing “false news” under the Printing Presses and Publications Act as Hian Wah never “directed” but merely urged the police to stop their baseless investigation of Guan Eng.

Three days earlier, the Selangor police had lodged police report against Guan Eng for his speech at the Pakatan Rakyat national convention on December 19 for expressing national sentiments that the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock was a case of murder.

On New Year’s Day, the MACC lodged two police reports over the Teoh Beng Hock case – one by MACC officer Hisham Mohd Yusoff against Suara Keadilan and the other by MACC officer Raub Ghani against Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip Rojanasunand for “leaking” information to unauthorised people on the forensic report of the second post-mortem on Teoh on Nov. 22.

In his police report, Raub said: “This report is made because every action of Dr. Pornthip was contrary to court’s decision and would further undermine MACC’s image”.

What Raub did not realise is that it is short-sighted and malicious actions like the MACC report against Dr. Pornthip which are responsible for plunging public confidence in the efficiency, independence and professionalism to a lower depth – especially as Dr. Pornthip has denied being responsible for any “leak” of information in an interview with Sin Chew Daily.

The question Malaysians want to know is whether the Selangor CPO Khalid will lodge or direct the Selangor police to lodge police report against MACC for trying to intimidate Thai pathologist Dr. Pornthip over her inquest testimony in October of 80 per cent probability that Teoh Beng Hock’s death was homicide and not suicide!

The MACC police report against Dr. Pornthip has in fact become double test case for Selangor CPO Khalid and the new MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamed.

Abu Kassim Mohamed cannot take the report by his MACC officer Raub against Dr. Pornthip lightly and pass the buck to the police, claiming, “If they have lodged police reports, let the police conduct their investigation”.

This is in fact Abu Kassim’s first critical test as the new MACC Chief – whether he approves of the police report lodged by MACC officer Raub against Dr. Pornthip with all the implications and consequences including the MACC endorsing or condoning the MACC being used to intimidate Dr. Pornthip from giving truthful testimony at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest.

As the new MACC chief, Abu Kassim cannot wash his hands and disclaim responsibility for a police report lodged by a MACC officer which further undermines public confidence in the MACC.

Either Abu Kassim assumes full responsibility for the MACC police report against Portnthip or he should direct the MACC police report to be withdrawn by Raub if it does not have sanction and authorization of the MACC and the MACC does not want to start off under him with a new scandal of the MACC maliciously trying to intimidate Dr. Pornthip from truthfully giving her expert testimony on the cause of Teoh Beng Hock’s death at the inquest.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 1:56 pm

    If Selangor Chief Police Officer Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar and MACC officers Hisham Mohd Yusoff and Raub Ghani are so keen in serving their political masters, they should quit their jobs and enter politics full-time instead of hijacking Teoh Beng Hock’s case to further their political interests.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 2:19 pm

    Khalid had failed his SPM, so don’t blame him for failing to know the difference between the words “directed” (mengarahkan) and “urged”(mendesakkan). Cut his graduate salary and put him back into the PMR pay scale.

  3. #3 by AhQ on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 2:27 pm

    Valuable lessons we learned the past years. Democracy in the third world is not merely political parties contesting for political offices. If you are in the opposition, the fight is with the “whole government” – the political leadership, the civil service, the police, the judiciary, the AG, the MACC, local authorities, the teaching professions, the universities, and the Inland Revenue. It is daunting indeed. I pray that when the opposition should someday be in power, they will begin to dismantle and depoliticise all these for the sake of our nation’s future. The sake is high for politicians; it is higher for this nation.

  4. #4 by AhQ on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 2:31 pm

    sorry last line, should be….The stake is high for politicians; but it is higher for this nation.

  5. #5 by vsp on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 2:32 pm

    If you happened to pass along the PWTC from Jalan Kuching or Lebuhraya Mahameru you would notice on top of the UMNO headquarters building the coming omen for UMNO in the general election. The letters “UM” has gone missing leaving only “NO”. Nature has spoken loud and clear: “NO to Umno”.

  6. #6 by k1980 on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 2:50 pm

    First, the Auschwitz ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign was stolen in Poland. Then the F5E jet engines went missing under the nose of then Defense Minister Jib. Now the “UM” has also disappeared, leaving a resounding “NO” to Jib’s government.

  7. #7 by AhPek on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 5:03 pm

    With “UM” missing coupled with a prominent
    display of “NO” to jib’s government,it must surely be a premonition of the impending
    fall of UMNO,a just heavenly retribution for the shameless excesses carried out by UMNO for most of its 52 plus years of rule.

  8. #8 by Onlooker Politics on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 5:56 pm

    “Will Khalid direct the Selangor police to lodge a police report against himself, for Khalid had been guilty of the offence of publishing “false news” under the Printing Presses and Publications Act as Hian Wah never “directed” but merely urged the police to stop their baseless investigation of Guan Eng.” (YB Kit)

    I wonder how this CPO Khalid is going to earn respect from all his sibdordinates in the Police Force! His subordinates may not be convinced about the fact that they have an unprofessional apple-polishing CPO who sits at the helm of Selangor Police Headquarter. One of his subordinates may just think that it is much better to have Khalid been replaced by him in view of Khalid’s paying attention in employing certain kinds of cheap trick and low tactic in performing the apple-polishing job like lodging a police report against a State EXCO member from the Opposition front.

    Will CPO Khalid please resign with immediate effect from the Police Force? There are many other much more competent and professional-like Police Officers who are impatient to wait for taking over Khalid as the CPO of Selangor!

  9. #9 by frankyapp on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 6:20 pm

    Haven’t anyone ever thought that it’s pretty weird for police to lodge a police report.Who’s then to investigate the police report ? It’s pretty obvious the police is bias in this case.

  10. #10 by katdog on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 7:02 pm

    The police report against Dr. Pornthip is just plain silly. First of all, the person doing the lodging of report did not possess any evidence that Dr. Pornthip had actually leaked the information. He merely inferred that a criminal act had taken place by reading a news article. Is this what you call investigative police work?

    A report against Suara Keadilan may still be acceptable, but a report against Dr. Pornthip ? And now we know that she did not leak any information and therefore have committed no crime? Am i to be blamed if someone leaks my report to the press? Please, investigate who leaked the report before filing police reports!

    Seriously, with this kind of incompetent police work by the officers in MACC, no wonder the real criminals in Malaysia are having a field day robbing and looting in broad daylight.

  11. #11 by Onlooker Politics on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 7:33 pm

    MACC Officers’ lodging report against Dr. Pornthip is just one move out of a series of harrassment actions which have been planned by Najib’s administration for buying time to delay the legal proceedings of the coroner court.

    Najib knew that no matter what the outcome of the coroner court’s inquest could be, the end result would still be deemed as having negative impact on the political image of Barisan Nasional. Najib’s think tank have decided that the inquest should be postponed and postponed until some day in a few years later when the critical witnesses have been lost of touch by the Prosecution side or already passed away! This is the old tactic which has often been employed by BN politicians for stopping the disclosure (that may be done through the due process of law by carrying out the proper legal proceedings) of any truth which is deemed to have possible negative impact on the power-that-be.

  12. #12 by Loh on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 7:37 pm

    The police report made by MACC officials against pathologist Dr Porntip of Thailand for contempt of court creates the perception that MACC and the government do not want the truth known.

    Dr Porntip has clarified that he had not revealed the findings about the second postmortem on Teoh Beng Hock. So, it is not known whether MACC officials had definite and direct evidence on Dr Porntip revealing the information, in advance of the enquiry set for 7 January 2010. The court would consider evidence presented to it by the expert under cross examination. Whatever that has been said and speculated outside the court would not change the decision of the judge. So why should MACC allow its staff to engage in petty offence against a foreign expert on the question of contempt of court, even if Dr Porntip ‘leaked’ information in advance? She has not leaked any information, in keeping with her professional ethics both inside and outside Thailand.

    It is most unbecoming of MACC to have its official engage in intimidating expert witness by making the police report. Dr Porntip would not be intimidated had such a report been made in any other country. But Malaysian police has shown that it manhandled the Speaker of the Perak Legislative Assembly, and the police also limited the scope for Malaysian pathologists to work on the first postmortem on Teoh Boon Hock. That should have convinced Dr Porntip that Malaysia is a police state or worse, and that her safety cannot be assured when she provides expert opinion which most likely would go against the wishes of the government. The government is implicated by MACC action.

    It would appear that since MACC has no more credibility that it would not mind what the public think about it. MACC’s only concern was to prevent Dr Porntip appear before the Enquiry.

  13. #13 by boh-liao on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 8:02 pm

    An educated postgrad female student fr China was detained by our PDRM for 8 days
    She experienced ill treatments while there n saw how badly some inmates were treated
    Ppl were slapped, kicked, beaten, bullied, extorted ….. by our PDRM
    She described in detail what she experienced there
    and other follow-up blogs
    She related how a polis, ‘Bala’ (?), walloped an Indian inmate with an iron leg of a chair
    Until the iron leg broke n d inmate cried, kneeled n begged 4 mercy, no stop
    ‘Bala’ yelled 2 her: “I will send you back to China to study. Don’t stay in our Malaysia.”
    Her Iranian friend visited her n had 2 bribe 2 C her
    “if they allow me to see you everyday, I will pay 300 US dollars everyday”
    She also wrote a lady polis said “Don’t make trouble. We are police. Even you go outside, you know, it is so easy we bring you back”
    ‘Bala’?”I know five men came to visit this afternoon. Call them. Ask them to come back, otherwise, nobody can come to visit you tomorrow.”
    D men had 2 return 2 see ‘Bala’ n pay d bribe
    She was told later dat she was unlucky, at d wrong place at d wrong time
    Was in a KTV when d polis raided d place n was locked up as a suspected prostitute
    Her first-hand descriptions of PDRM cruelty n corruption r in d cyberspace
    Read by ppl fr all over d world
    Such publicity 4 1M’sia n our PDRM!!
    Y MACC officer DID NOT MAKE polis report against d Subang Jaya district police?
    Esp against d ‘Bala’ polisman

  14. #14 by son of perpaduan on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 8:05 pm

    Everyone of us are eager to see who take control of justice, Malaysia justice seems to be gone forever and ever. Malaysian now rely on miracle to take place, in order to restore trustworthy and justice, Karma will act on behalf of God Almighty. Let us pray together so that the power of Karma took place asap. Opposition party seem can’t do much therefore, he need our joint praying so that god hear us loud and clear.

  15. #15 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 8:52 pm

    This suggestion that “Selangor DAP State Chairman and Selangor State Exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah” should be hauled up “under Section 506 of the Penal Code and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for allegedly intimidating the police in “directing” the police to cease their investigation of Penang Chief Minister and DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng for sedition” is implausible and illogical because one may ask : what powers (whether legal, temporal mor spiritual) does Ean Yong Hian Wah have to be able to intimidate the police?

    If he has no such powers then he is in no position to intimidate the police.

    In fact the opposite is likelier true: it is the police that are in the position of judge, jury and executioner to lodge reports against him, investigate him, recommend to AG his prosecution, and if he were so charged, to arrest him. It is therefore the police who are in the position and within powers to intimidate Ean Yong Hian Wah and not the other way around because Ean has no such powers!!!!

    Lets not twist white to black the facts and reality of the unequal power equation in the case of Ean and the police here.

  16. #16 by Onlooker Politics on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 9:51 pm

    The above blog news has shown us another evidence that the system of parliamentary democracy by westminster style constitutional monarchy of Malaysia is still a very fragile and immatured democratic system. If any religious group of its own religious upholding does not have the strong will to exercise a reasonable degree of self-restraint and self-control in their beaviour of encroaching upon the religious freedom of the other religious group, it is likely that a tragic conflict which may impair the national unity will occur contrary to our wish.

    It is time now for us to stand firmly by the side of justice and righteousness, no matter how strong the resistance can be coming against us in view of a huge stumbling block of religious fanaticim standing ahead of us. Shall we pray hard for the continuity of peace and harmony in Malaysia despite facing the devilish attack of fanaticism which attempts to ruin the nation!

  17. #17 by goldeneye on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 10:11 pm

    A “tribute” to Augustine Paul. Guaranteed to make you laugh.

  18. #18 by ekans on Sunday, 3 January 2010 - 11:05 pm

    A police force that needs to first lodge their own police report in order to act against someone whom they believe has broken the law?
    So, does it mean that when a policeman on patrol suddenly witnesses a robbery in progress, he has to first return to his police station to lodge a report before he can return to the scene of the crime to take action?

  19. #19 by superstar48 on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 3:01 am

    To be true,we have a set of cow headed people as law enforcement officers,malaysia has become a cursed country under this bigots and it will perish if no damage control is done.But the price has to be paid.Ref. the number of curses hurled at a dead person is a fine example.Karma, no human being he or she,muslim,hindu or chinese can escape.

  20. #20 by Bigjoe on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 7:23 am

    Isn’t it amazing how often we have modern day witch hunting in this country. The amazing part is how many people, especially people in power, that believes it works. History is littered with tales of witch-hunting that have failed again and again. Yet we have so many of these people so willing to be part of the evil, oblivious to the futility of what they do.

  21. #21 by undergrad2 on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 7:49 am

    Police work includes intimidating witnesses. So what’ s new??

  22. #22 by taiking on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 8:26 am

    “If he has no such powers then he is in no position to intimidate the police.” Jeffrey

    So if the police were indeed intimidated (as they claimed they were) despite their position, power and authority, we quite certainly can make an adverse deduction against them – that there are skeletons which they do not want us to see or know about.

    A cantonese would say, “no shit on your body, scare what?”

  23. #23 by taiking on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 8:35 am

    Off topic.

    These are from MT:

    “Merdeka Centre’s opinion poll of Umno members at the party general assembly in November.

    • 52% of Umno members say there is corruption in the government

    • 47% say vote-buying among Umno office-bearers is a problem

    • 33% say Umno doesn’t take the public’s views seriously

    • 13% say Umno is too Malay-centric

    • 83% say Umno should be for all Malaysians, not just Malays only.”

    The people’s perception that an elite band of umno members popularly described as umnoputras actually exist. And they make up (wot? based on simple arithmatics) 17% of umno members. If 83% said umno is for all malaysians then where on earth did umno get its support in GE?

  24. #24 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 9:46 am

    The Allah issue is a very pressing issue, yet Uncle Lim is still quiet about it.

    Perhaps some one around the world should copyright Allah as Allah©

  25. #25 by boh-liao on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 9:46 am

    So what if A Paul got expedited promotion n titles
    Now forever a national subject of ridicule n a smear 2 d profession
    Sadly, there r still a bunch of like-minded stooges around 2 take his place

  26. #26 by boh-liao on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 10:16 am

    What Ms Li Jun Jie fr Beijing wrote abt her 8-day detention in Subang Jaya district polis
    Is freely n widely available on d Internet n is linked 2 many news portals
    Her allegations of violence n corruption there, if true, hv serious implications on PDRM
    She claimed to hv witnessed physical abuses n demand of $$$ by our mata-mata
    Who is this violent n corrupt ‘Bala’/’Pala’ polisman?
    Is this the same polis station where KUGAN A/L ANANTHAN was detained n died?
    If yes, was Kugan’s death connected 2 d alleged physical violence/abuse there?
    Ms Li claimed 2 b a poet n writer
    If what she wrote was a figment of her imagination, then she shld b charged
    Either way, this matter is very serious
    Shld b discussed in d Parliament
    This happened in PR-controlled Selangor
    Shld also b discussed in d Selangor State Assembly meeting
    Over 2 u LKS, Selangor CPO, n the new MACC CC
    Do something b4 we read of more deaths in polis custody

  27. #27 by k1980 on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 11:30 am

    Blimey…. first Defence Ministry lost 2 jet engines. Now this prince lost his wife and RM1million (taxpayers’ money)

  28. #28 by taiking on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 11:35 am

    Off topic again.

    Poor RPK is being pursued like John O’Connor. And the terminator in RPK’s case well of course, is umno.

  29. #29 by Ken G on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 12:09 pm

    How did MACC goons jump to the conclusion that Dr. Pornthip had leaked the result of the 2nd autopsy?

    This could only have happened if they have a guilty conscience that she had found the truth and leaked the truth.

    If MACC is confident that they were not responsible for TBH’s death then they would just go after Suara Keadilan and leave Dr. Pornthip out of it. To them, Pornthip could have found nothing incriminating. But due to their guilty conscience they assumed that Pornthip had leaked the truth. Their behaviour is exactly that of a guilty person.

  30. #30 by Yee Siew Wah on Monday, 4 January 2010 - 12:29 pm

    Those two moron dickheads in MACC are glaring specimens working in MACC. Instead of doing their job, they spend taxpayers money and time intimidating witnesses. The way these 2 dickheads acted, proved that something is not to their favor concerning TBH death/murder.
    This applies also to our so “ëfficient” PDRM too.
    Kick BN esp UMNO out completely in the next GE13.

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