As inquest nears end, Teoh’s sister lashes out

Posted: December 15, 2010 in News
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Source : Malaysian Insider

y Melissa Chi

December 15, 2010

Lee Lan vented at the empty promises made after her brother’s death last year. — file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Teoh Beng Hock’s sister attacked Barisan Nasional (BN) politicians today for describing her family as irrational and emotional while not bothering to offer support at the inquest into her brother’s death.

Teoh Lee Lan, 30, told The Malaysian Insider that a number of BN politicians had tried to convince her that justice would prevail in the inquest into her brother’s death.

She said they had also told her there was no need to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI).

But BN politicians had not even shown up at the inquest, she claimed.

“They are saying that we’re not rational, that we’re being politicised.

“If you’re sincere in getting us justice, to give an answer to us, you should be there,” she said after a PKR KL-Selangor team handed over 32,000 signatures to the Malaysians for Beng Hock campaign at the KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) today.

She said during Beng Hock’s funeral at the end of July last year, MCA leaders such as former president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, as well as Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, had personally promised to push for a RCI to investigate her brother’s mysterious death.

Fighting back tears as she spoke, Lee Lan then vented her frustration at the broken promises of politicians who had initially shown their support.

“I urge political leaders to attend the inquest — just for one day,” she pleaded.

“Let themselves judge why we are asking for the RCI,” she said, adding that she did not see a clash between the ongoing inquest and an investigation by the RCI.

The Teoh inquest will hear oral submissions on December 17 at the Shah Alam courthouse.

“I don’t understand why they can’t keep their promises. It’s just [a] RCI to get us the truth,” she stressed that she had only wanted the find out the cause of her brother’s death, and not question the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) actions.

The 30-year-old Beng Hock was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on July 16 last year after he was interrogated overnight by the MACC in connection with suspected abuse of state funds by Selangor lawmakers. The Selangor MACC headquarters was then located on the 14th floor of the same building.

The ongoing inquest has grabbed national headlines and has been a hot topic on online social networks with video clips of DPP Datuk Abdul Razak Musa demonstrating the act of self-strangulation going viral, the rock-star look spotted by Thai forensic expert Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand and her witty remarks in court, and new evidence popping up unexpectedly.

“The prime minister had said that if we are not satisfied with the outcome of the inquest, then he will make due consideration to extend the RCI scope to investigate my brother’s death,” Lee Lan said.

Ng Yap Hwa, co-ordinator for the movement, told reporters that they are not only seeking the support of opposition leaders, but also leaders from the ruling coalition. Once the group has reached its 100,000 signature target, they will submit a memorandum to the prime minister.

The group will be going to service centres, elected officials’ offices and they will also be setting up booths at outreach programmes.

Lee Khai Loon, from the KL-Selangor Pasukan Keadilan, said the group had only decided to submit the signatures today, out of respect for the ongoing inquest.

The team of about 20 PKR members collected 11,000 physical signatures within the first two weeks of Beng Hock’s death and another 22,000 and counting online.

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