Source : The Star
By LESTER KONG
KAJANG: MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has advised Teoh Beng Hock’s family to wait for the inquest into his death to be concluded before seeking the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
Liow said the MCA also wanted answers on Beng Hock’s death, but said the inquest needed to be conducted first.
“The Government is determined to know the truth. That’s why the inquest was set up. Give the inquest a chance to find out the truth and wait for the outcome,” he said after paying his respects to Beng Hock during a visit to the Nirvana Memorial Park yesterday.
Earlier, Liow, who is the Health Minister, met with Beng Hock’s sister Lee Lan, who told Liow that the family was seeking a royal inquiry to be set up to find out the cause of her brother’s death.
Liow said MCA was equally anxious to get to the bottom of Beng Hock’s death but reiterated that the inquest be completed.
Lee Lan told reporters that the family was preparing a memorandum for a royal inquiry to be set up as there had been no “clear answers” a year after Beng Hock’s death.
“We are putting together the memorandum and we hope we can get the people’s support,” she said. Lee Lan said it was disheartening for the family to be left in a state of uncertainty on what had happened to Beng Hock, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah at the time of his death on July 16 last year.
“We want the Royal Commission of Inquiry because we don’t want to be in the same situation again this time next year,” said Lee Lan, who was accompanied by her mother Teng Shuw Hor.
Liow, who went to the memorial park to launch the Nirvana Enlightenment Ceremony 2010, witnessed the handing over of donations totalling RM160,000 to eight education and welfare charities.
A banner with more than 10,000 signatures pledging support to the 1Malaysia concept was also handed to Liow.