DAP says RCI report tarnished party image

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
July 25, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — The DAP today continued criticising the results of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into Teoh Beng Hock’s death, claiming that the report was “inconsistent” and had affected the party’s political image.

The late Teoh’s boss, Ean Yong Hian Wah, charged that the RCI report had failed to include the fact that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation on him and Teoh had concluded that there were no “elements of corruption and abuse of power”.

“This is misleading, not according to the facts, and has tarnished the DAP’s reputation,” he told reporters today.

Teoh died in 2009 while being under MACC care, which the RCI surmised the anti-graft body was complicit in forcing the DAP aide to suicide.

Ean Yong, who is DAP Seri Kembangan assemblyman, said that he could not accept the RCI’s conclusion that Teoh had committed suicide, and charged that he and Teoh had been exonerated of any wrongdoing by the MACC investigators.

He pointed out that he had testified during RCI hearings that there were no advance payments from the DAP Serdang Aman branch to fund any infrastructure projects in the Seri Kembangan constituency, and that the branch had acted as programmes co-organiser and “footed some of the bills”.

“But unfortunately the RCI did not recognise the facts and came out with different statements in the report . . . if we look at the written testimony by Acting Superintendent Ahmad Shafik Abdul Rahman from MACC during the RCI hearings, it is totally a different scenario.

“IO Shafik told the RCI that his investigating results show the reimbursement and the receipts were matched with the projects carried out,” said Ean Yong, who pointed out a paragraph in the RCI report, which stated that “none of the receipts was an exact match to the amount reimbursed to the DAP”.

Ean Yong provided excerpt copies of the RCI hearing that quoted Shafik as saying so.

He lamented that the RCI had only “contributed” to more questions and uncertainties surrounding Teoh’s death, and that forensic psychiatric reports stated that there was a “lack of information to determine Teoh’s state of mind”.

“The unconvincing attempt by the RCI to spin a suicide will further convince Malaysians that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not interested to go for justice but to cover up the truth,” he added.

Teoh’s family has indicated they may request a judicial review of the suicide verdict delivered by the RCI.

The MACC has set up a panel to initiate reforms about its investigative methods stemming from findings of the Teoh RCI.

  1. #1 by Elen on Monday, 25 July 2011 - 4:11 pm

    “The unconvincing attempt by the RCI to spin a suicide will further convince Malaysians that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is not interested to go for justice but to cover up the truth,” he added.

    Do we Malaysians seriously think otherwise?

  2. #2 by DAP man on Monday, 25 July 2011 - 4:19 pm

    Judicial review in an UMNO court with UMNO appointed judges who take instruction from their political masters?

    Let Us go the court of public opinion.

  3. #3 by k1980 on Monday, 25 July 2011 - 5:45 pm

    No, it is not the christians, nor the zionists, nor the communists nor the mata sepets trying to overthrow the bn government— it is the wahabbites!


  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 - 8:16 am

    The RCI are a bunch of bad actors on a stage given by a laid-back Malaysian rakyat. Seriously, the acting is pretty bad, the facts are so inconsistent with the conclusion, there is so much incongruety, not only must the report be thrashed, the people in it should be FIRED from their current positions because they are obviously unqualified, AND they must be punished for insulting the Agung intelligence and dignity..

  5. #5 by mickeytiger2006 on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 - 10:01 am

    Judicial review is a waste of time and money. If they can get away with the murder of mongolian girl, this case is kachang puteh! Only World Criminal Court can have the answer.

  6. #6 by tak tahan on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 - 11:47 am

    Bigjoe,i think the Agong kepala pening pening after reading the wonderful convoluted report and must have taken a dozen panadol for relief.Yo man.

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