Shafee: Focus on Teoh death, not MACC clangers

By Shannon Teoh
May 18, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) lawyer today urged the public to focus on Teoh Beng Hock’s death and not the blunders by the anti-graft body in its investigations into Selangor DAP.

Datuk Seri Shafee Abdullah, who is representing the MACC in the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Teoh’s death, said that despite these errors, justice must still be served and the question of whether the DAP aide committed suicide be answered.

“Ask yourself honestly, whatever monkey things the MACC officers may have been blundering, wrong in certain procedures, a little harsh in questioning, the hallmark question is whether this suicide or not,” he told reporters outside the RCI courtroom today.

During the RCI, it was revealed that MACC officers had watched pornography in their office.

Commissioner Datuk T. Selventhiranathan also said that there were 59 police reports against the MACC nationwide, of which 21 were against the Selangor branch.

When asked about public perception of the MACC, Shafee said that “we can’t help it if the public insists on being ignorant. They have to open up their eyes and minds and cut across race and religion to look at the matter in perspective.”

The police investigating officer in the case, ASP Ahmad Nazri Zainal, had also taken two months after the death of Teoh to find a mystery note among his belongings.

He then tendered it as evidence at a coroner’s inquest into Teoh’s death almost a year after the incident.

Today, Shafee told the public to focus on the issue of how Teoh died rather than the conduct of officers involved.

“I agree with you, the IO was careless. He should have taken every note and sent it for interpretation straightaway.

“But we always have carelessness in any investigation. In any country. In the United States, the killing by OJ Simpson, all kinds of blunders but it doesn’t mean that justice cannot be done,” he said.

The American football star and actor was acquitted of murdering his wife and her friend after a nine month trial in which his defence team alleged several acts of misconduct by the Los Angeles Police Department, including mishandling blood samples.

Teoh, a former aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, fell to his death at the Selangor MACC office on July 16, 2009 after being questioned overnight by the anti-graft body.

The coroner’s inquest had in January returned an “open verdict” ruling out both suicide and homicide some 18 months after Teoh’s death.

The public outcry over the inconclusive verdict forced the government to establish the RCI which first met in February with two terms of reference: to probe how Teoh plunged to his death and to look into MACC’s investigative methods.

Its deadline to submit its findings has been extended from April 25 to June 25. Both the Bar Council and MACC will file their submissions by May 25.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 - 8:01 pm

    WRONG! The issue should be did the police investigate enough in EVERY POSSIBILITY. The fact they are so poor at their job means there is every probability they screwed up the work. They prejudice the cause. No need to look at ‘suicide’ anymore even..MACC should be closed and rebuilt from the ground up…

  2. #2 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 - 10:20 pm

    Shafee, the MACC “clangers” were a result of their bungling efforts to hide their wrongdoings. As the saying goes, you tell a lie. Then you need to tell two lies to cover that first lie. Next you need to fabricate 4 lies to cover that two lies as the pressure mounts. And the bungling is compounded when you have a bunch of guilty idiots trying to hide their crime.

    The high number of reports lodged against the MACC confirms a trend of violence and abuse of their power.

    And if you still insist it is suicide, the engineering professor who testified has confirmed it is not possible for a person to stand on the window ledge and jump. He has to go out sideways meaning he is most likely thrown out the window head first.

  3. #3 by good coolie on Wednesday, 18 May 2011 - 10:21 pm

    The public perception is that the MACC serves the interest of the ruling party. That is why they went after Brother Teoh Beng Hock with so much vigour. Anyway, they are responsible for his murder because they did not protect him given the hostile circumstances in which he was interrogated. Let them learn a lesson of responsibility from this case and the case of Brother Ahmad Sarbani. Shame on You, MACC!

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 12:53 am

    Shafee is trying to appear clever and pull wool over RCI’s eyes

    RCI better be watchful and not be overawed by Shafee who has quite a reputation for I am not sure wwhat?

  5. #5 by AliAhKongAnup on Thursday, 19 May 2011 - 4:01 am

    hey all, give credit to shafee for acknowledging the macc is a clankering and bungling lot. can’t say that for all other umnonites. but he still shows the low level intelligence typical of all umnonites by calling attention to whether tbh committed suicide, which all signs are saying not. murderers.

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