DAP defends Teoh’s family, trashes Muhyiddin

DAP defends Teoh’s family, trashes Muhyiddin

PUCHONG: A DAP MP today lashed out at Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for implying that the late Teoh Beng Hock’s family was demanding more than justice for his death.

In a statement, Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh told Muhyiddin off, saying that there are many unresolved issues and gaps surrounding Teoh’s death.

“Teoh’s family is not seeking what they are not entitled to. They are seeking justice and it is the duty of the state to provide them that justice by properly and competently investigating Teoh’s death,” he said.

Recently, the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) reopened Teoh’s case but classified it under unlawful confinement, instead of homicide.

The AGC’s move raised the ire of many as Pakatan Harapan has pledged to reopen the case of Teoh’s death as homicide should it come to power.

Muhyiddin said that the authorities have exhausted all legal means to seek justice for Teoh, including setting a royal commission of inquiry and compensating Teoh’s family via a civil suit.

The Pagoh MP said that Teoh’s death should not be an issue anymore but claimed the latter’s family was not satisfied.

Hurling brickbats at Muhyiddin, Ramkarpal said that the civil suit settlement by Teoh’s family was made without prejudice to the criminal investigations into the matter.

Although the civil aspect of the case has been resolved, Ramkarpal added, the same cannot be said in relation to the criminal aspect.

“This is does not mean Teoh’s family accepts there was no element of homicide in his death or that the criminal investigations into the matter was satisfactory.

“It is not unusual for such civil suits to be settled amicably without prejudice on the basis which does not, in any way, compromise the criminal investigations,” he said.

Ramkarpal said that Muhyiddin conveniently ignored the fact that the Court of Appeal had suggested there were elements of foul play and homicide involving Teoh’s death, and there were parties responsible for his death.

“Even after 10 years, questions still linger on whether there are parties who are criminally responsible for Teoh’s death.

“As such, it cannot be said that all avenues in the investigations into his death have been exhausted,” said Ramkarpal, adding that he hoped that the government would proceed with criminal investigations on the matter to bring a proper closure for Teoh’s family.

Teoh, who was a political aide to then-Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam in 2009.

He was earlier interrogated for hours by the Selangor MACC on the 14th floor of the building.

An RCI was established to investigate Teoh’s death and concluded that Teoh committed suicide due to the aggressive interrogation methods used by the MACC officers.

The findings were brought to court and the Court of Appeal ruled that there were elements of homicide in his death.

By G Vinod