Bumbling in desperation – and where’s the dignity?

By Mariam Mokhtar
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 14:05

OPINION Teoh Beng Hock’s death was an undignified one. He was found dead on the rooftop of a building adjacent to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) offices after an overnight interrogation to answer corruption allegations involving his boss.

Teoh’s family maintain that he was murdered, but the MACC contend that he took his own life.

Even after burial, Teoh Beng Hock had an undignified eternal rest. His body was exhumed for a second examination by a team of pathologists.

Disagreements about how he died plagued the inquest. The expert Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, who appeared for Teoh’s family, was positive there was an 80% chance of homicide. Pathologists acting on behalf of the government claim that his injuries were consistent with a fall from a great height.

When Teoh’s child was born, his son was thrown into the limelight, with calls that he should be named after his dad and be used as a tool to shame the MACC and the government. It is undignified to use his son as a pawn.

A Royal Commission into Teoh’s death was disallowed and so there was a convoluted inquest, which has not proceeded smoothly.

It appears that even as his family sought to clear Teoh’s name, efforts behind the scenes continue to manipulate events.

The latest attempt to besmirch Teoh’s good name, is the purported discovery of a ‘suicide note’, ostensibly written and signed by Teoh, which was found two months after his death.

Is there no depth to their depravity? Can they not spare further pain, for this family in mourning?

Teoh’s family, already under enormous strain, does not require further emotional distress, and must be protected from the intense public scrutiny and media pressure.

If the family feels the pain, it is also the patience of the Malaysian public that is being tested.

The authorities have displayed a spectacular lack of procedure and professionalism.

The circumstances of Teoh’s death, pales into insignificance, although they are important and relevant. But it is the chain of events, culminating in this latest revelation that are damaging.

It is clear that the judiciary, the police and the prosecutors are conspiring for reasons unknown. Well, that is the impression portrayed.

They are seen as confused and bumbling idiots, who are both incompetent and unprofessional. Most of all, they seem desperate.

They are oblivious to the fact that their credibility and integrity are compromised. Even the highest law in the land is complicit.

In normal civilized countries, the head of such an outfit, would have assumed responsibility for such a bungled investigation. Thus, the attorney-general should have offered his resignation.

Apparently not, in Malaysia.

So, the charade continues, in an attempt to dupe Teoh’s family and the public. The demand for a fair inquest seems unattainable.

The whole investigation has descended into chaos and is mired in controversy from the start. The MACC, the investigating officer, the police, the prosecutors and the attorney-general should be ashamed of holding positions of responsibility. The whole outfit is tarnished and staffed by people who lack accountability.

If Teoh Beng Hock’s name is synonymous with dignity, it is the other people in positions of responsibility, who have lost all credibility.

  1. #1 by artemisios on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 10:59 am

    There’s a hierarchy of needs here.

    For normal humans, everybody knows the #1 priority is

    1) basics; food & shelter,

    2) followed by safety & security,

    3) then self-esteem & respect,

    4) and finally self-actualization.

    For these evil hypocrites?, well,.. the #1 priority is

    1) Grab power via any means possible. That includes lying, instigating, bribery, extortion & whatever evil tactics that will make the devil blush ——> ACCOMPLISHED

    2) Steal the rakyat’s $$$$$$, using the power gained from #1 ——-> ACCOMPLISHED

    3) Eliminate whoever stands in the way of #2. Blackmail, Framing, ISA, M&%$*@R, etc.. all are allowed, as long as #2 can be continued indefinitely ———> ACCOMPLISHED

    4) Escape the law after doing all of the above via controlling the police, manipulating the law, court, press, people, etc. ———> ALMOST ACCOMPLISHED

    You see, they’ve almost reached they’re full potential.

    errr….. dignity?

    They’re not interested in dignity.

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 11:15 am

    You would think they would learn but the like-minded of killers of TBH just sent Tony Pua a bullet..

    IT IS preciseely they just don’t get it what they do is stupid/bumbling.

  3. #3 by monsterball on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 11:21 am

    If you believe Teoh Beng Hock commited suicide…you must believe MACC have the reputation to be trusted and respected.
    If you do not trust MACC..how can you trust what they say?
    Presuming we all agree MACC cannot be trusted…how come they can cooked out such a low class idea to shame the relatives and poor Teoh?
    I am confident…this will make more Malaysians vote Najib and UMNO B out…and let us live with natural and commonsense lives.
    Right now…all level headed Malaysians must feel so sick with such news.
    Karpal received a bullet. Tony Pua just received one.
    Fear factors are out again. Karpal treat that threat with no fear..and you can bet Tony Pua will do likewise.
    However Karpal and Tony are loved by more and more Malaysians..day by day.
    Malaysians are concern…but know we must not fear all threats.
    Operation Lallang was by Mahathir.
    Najib’s time…is bullets…and why not…Mongolian model was shot dead and blown up into pieces.
    I say…Karpal and Tony are ready to sacrifice their lives for the country and people..and anything happens to them….all hell let loose..and that is exactly what Najib hope for…to stop 13th GE..and declare Emergency Rule…giving Military and Police full power.
    Are the real threats are just creating fears?
    Whatever it is…more and more from UMNO B will vote against UMNO B.

  4. #4 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 11:44 am

    Did the lawyers from the AG Chambers in this case know about this piece of evidence and yet didn’t do what is necessary or right? Or were they kept in the dark as well by the AG?

    Their reputations are on the line as they too can be seen as hiding pertinent information from the inquest and should be held accountable as well.

    Maybe they too were also kept in the dark and was surprised by the AG. If so, what are they going to do about it? Were they being used in this black game?

  5. #5 by k1980 on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 1:55 pm

    What would the Filipinos do should Mrs Marcos today produce a suicide note “written” by Benigno Aquino after he had been murdered on August 21, 1983?

  6. #6 by negarawan on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 7:49 pm

    MACC is hiring 5000 more officers to intimidate more Pakatan leaders and non-bumis. MACC should rename themselves as Gestapo, because that’s what they truly are. Guess who planted the videocam in Datuk Khalid’s office?

  7. #7 by tunglang on Thursday, 12 August 2010 - 10:54 pm

    Let me ask you this simple, easy to answer, requiring a lot of common sense, no sweat question:

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Friday, 13 August 2010 - 2:35 am

    My dear Dr Watson, so simple lah, Holmes elucidated
    Never heard of spirit meh?
    Spirit appeared in someone’s dream n instructed dat guy 2 act mah, like writing a suicide note n putting it in his sling bag on his behalf loh, tsk tsk

  9. #9 by undertaker888 on Friday, 13 August 2010 - 7:56 am

    they have lost all credibilities ever since mamak took over. I stopped trusting these institutions since 1980.

  10. #10 by Jong on Friday, 13 August 2010 - 10:45 am

    All Pakatan Rakyat politicians should immediately do thorough checks on their offices for ‘spy cameras’. Yes, those BN buggers are desperate!

    Dirty buggers! They know their days are numbered and they may be the “Opposition” after GE-13 and trying all sorts. Even the pornstar is thinking hard how – make it or break it in under 18 months?

    See how low they have gone – tried sent in their ‘agent’ in cleric robes to create suspicion and mistrust among Pakatan Rakyat partners. They even resort to putting up ‘supposedly’ PKR banners with malicious intent to rile up the Johor royalty, against CJM whose Johor dato-ship was recalled.

    Don’t think that made any difference to CJM and as one poster said and I quote, “Nobody can ever take away is a crown of righteousness”! Ha, perfect way of saying it!

    Yah, only the brainless will believe those banners were from PKR/PR. Can you imagine, even my 14-year old nephew PFS student thought it was so funny, most idiotic and silly to believe PKR/PR would ever do that. LOL!!!

  11. #11 by Jong on Friday, 13 August 2010 - 10:59 am

    I am glad today’s generation Y is a thinking generation. Is this BN govt going to ban them from surfing the net?

    And btw my 14-year old nephew asked re the dumping of babies – will the penalty be lighter if the school-girl(he meant mother of baby) is from umno family? Bingo! …boy, he’s thinking and obviously he read Bung Moktar’s
    polygamy case!

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