4th December 2010
Press Statement by Malaysians for Beng Hock
Malaysians for Beng Hock condemns Wangsa Maju Inspector Mohd Shah B Shariff for the unprofessional investigation on former committee member of Wangsa Maju MCA youth Tan Ban Kheng who threatened “to send Teoh Lee Lan to meet her brother as soon as possible and reunion with the family”. Mohd Shah said “verbal threatening is not a threat, unless the accused holds parang and said want to slash you”, therefore police unable to use any Penal Code provision to carry out investigation. His superior ASP Ramlan and a DSP from Sentul CID also opined that there was no element of threat in this case. They have instructed Inspector Mohd Shah to stop the investigation, and instead write a letter to a Magistrate to handle this case.
In fact, police can invoke Penal Code provision 503 to probe Tan Ban Kheng, because his comment is deemed to be criminal intimidation. According to provision 503, “Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.”
We are flabbergasted why the Police did not deem it fit to use this provision to probe Tan Ban Khen. This shows that the Police are unprofessional in discharging their responsibility.
Teoh Lee Lan and Malaysians for Beng Hock coordinator Ng Yap Hwa were informed of the outcome of above mentioned investigation on 2nd Dec 2010, 8pm at Wangsa Maju Police Station.
Even more shockingly, when Lee Lan and Yap Hwa asked whether the police had summoned Tan Ban Kheng to assist in the investigation, Mohd Shah said he had made over 80 phone calls to MCA Wangsa Maju branch chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look but he did not get any response and therefore the police could not proceed with the investigation. We asked why he did not to solicit information on Tan Ban Kheng through MCA branch office or other channels and why he could not do such a simple task. He became frustrated and said “Don’t think I didn’t do my job! I surf facebook but could not find Bilce Tan’s contact details. Datuk also did not take up my calls, what can I do? I use my own handphone to make calls and all these cannot be claimed. You blame me if I didn’t investigate, when I did it until such a late night, you blame me again!”
We are aghast at the lackadaisical attitude of the investigation officer. We also cannot understand why the investigation officer refused to conduct the probe into Tan Ban Kheng in such a way that even a layman would know how to! Police refusal to use the criminal intimidation provision to probe Tan Ban Kheng, and the weird reason for not summoning Tan Ban Kheng, can only be interpreted as the lack of will on the part of the police to investigate a member of the ruling party and condone the said person.
Clearly, the Police have chosen to ignore the death threat against Lee Lan and have acted in an unprofessional and unjust manner. This has disappointed the people. Furthermore, this will only encourage more verbal violence and criminal intimidation, causing everyone to feel unsafe. Are the Police still an enforcement institution established to protect the people’s safety?
Malaysians for Beng Hock will not accept such a sham investigation. We will send a letter to the Inspector-General of Police, demanding to look into seriously this case of the death threat on Lee Lan. We call upon the IGP to institute an investigation into the conduct of Wangsa Maju police officer, ASP Ramlan and DSP Sentul. Appropriate disciplinary action should be taken if these officers are found guilty in neglecting their responsibilities.
Tan Ban Kheng used his nickname “Bilce Tan” had published a comment “send Teoh Lee Lan to meet Teoh Beng Hock as soon as possible for family reunion” in facebook Nov 2010. Lee Lan felt her personal safety was threatened and lodged a police report to probe Tan Ban Kheng’s statement on 8th Nov 2010.
We also urge members of the public to give continuous support to Malaysians for Beng Hock’s petition campaign, demanding the Prime Minister to set up a royal commission of inquiry immediately. You can sign the petition online at http://www.petitiononline.com/m4bh/ or get a hard copy form from the movement coordinator Ng Yap Hwa (012-2658448) or Chong Kok Siong (012-2138610)
Ng Yap Hwa
Malaysians for Beng Hock