Archive for July 23rd, 2011

Bar: Gov’t should apologise for Teoh’s death (updated)

Jul 23, 11 | MalaysiaKini

Rejecting the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) findings that DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock had committed suicide, the Bar Council says the government and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) should apologise to Teoh’s family and compensate them for the loss.

“The Malaysian Bar also calls on the government of Malaysia and MACC to consider offering an unqualified written apology to Teoh Beng Hock’s family, and to the citizens of Malaysia, for his death,” said Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee. Read the rest of this entry »


Public sees Najib as guilty in Scorpene deal, says Pakatan

By Clara Chooi
July 23, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the move to deport French lawyer William Bourdon last night has only confirmed his guilt in the eyes of the public.

They told the prime minister that chasing Bourdon out of Malaysia would not absolve him of blame but, instead, would resurrect the ghost of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaaribuu.

Altantuya, who was killed in 2006 and blown up with C4 explosives, has been linked to the government’s controversial RM7 billion Scorpene submarines purchase from French defence company DCNS which is now under probe in France. The purchase was made while Najib headed the Defence Ministry.

Bourdon, who is handling the case in France, was held by immigration officers yesterday morning upon landing at the KLIA in Sepang from Penang where he had briefed an audience on the progress of the probe. Read the rest of this entry »


Family demands RCI, new probe into Sarbaini’s death

By Melissa Chi
July 23, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

PETALING JAYA, July 23 — Dissatisfied with the ongoing inquest into the death Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed, the Customs officer’s family today again demanded for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into his untimely demise during a graft investigation.

The family previously asked for an RCI to be convened immediately, but later relented to the inquest after Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk VK Liew said that it was the first choice, and that there was a “procedure” which needed to be followed. Read the rest of this entry »


Kit Siang slams inaction over MACC trio

By Melissa Chi
July 23, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 — Lim Kit Siang today demanded the Attorney-General and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) explain why no action has been taken against the three graftbusters implicated by the Teoh Beng Hock royal commission of inquiry (RCI).

“AG and MACC should explain why three MACC officers Hishammuddin (Hashim), Arman (Alies) and (Mohd) Ashraf (Mohd Yunus) have not been suspended and no criminal charges and departmental disciplinary action taken against them despite RCI report holding them responsible for Teoh Beng Hock’s death,” the DAP parliamentary leader said in a statement.

The inquiry into Teoh’s death ruled that the former DAP aide had committed suicide as a result of pressure from aggressive and prolonged questioning by MACC officers. Read the rest of this entry »


Suspend and charge three MACC officers responsible for Teoh Beng Hock’s death

The Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission of Inquiry Report, in Para 119, pronounced its finding on Teoh Beng Hock’s death, as follows:

“119. Having considered all the evidence in its entirety, we found that TBH was driven to commit suicide by the aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous interrogation to which he was subjected by certain officers of the MACC who were involved in the ongoing operation by the Selangor MACC on the night of the 15th and into the morning of the 16th.”

Malaysians cannot accept the RCI’s verdict of “forced suicide” as the cause of Beng Hock’s death. Read the rest of this entry »