Source : Klik4malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Dec 15 – The call for the government to establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock, a DAP political assistant, has grown louder by the day.
During a simple handover ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) this morning, the campaigners for the RCI received an enormous boost of 33,376 signatures, collected by the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Pasukan Keadilan.
Speaking to reporters before the ceremony, Beng Hock’s sister, Teoh Lee Lan, said the family felt very grateful to the team for taking such an initiative to start an online petition to gather signatures seeking the setting up of the RCI.
The amount was in addition to the 12,000 odd signatures collected by the Malaysians for Beng Hock campaigner which kick started their movement a month ago.
With the latest accumulated signatures, the amount of signatures collected through both the initiatives was believed to have reached more than 45,000 and the amount could increase further since the campaign was still ongoing.
While expressing gratitude towards the team, Lee Lan also took a swipe at political leaders who have been trying to convince her and her family members that justice would prevail in the inquest into her brother’s death.
“They keep saying that we’re not rational and there isn’t any need to establish a RCI.
“Well, I would like to urge these party leaders who made statements that justice will prevail in the inquest, to come to the inquest and see for themselves as to why we keep pushing for a RCI,” added Lee Lan who could not hold back her tears.
Lee Lan said leaders like former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, former Human Resource Minister Tan Sri Fong Chan Onn, current deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Gerakan President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, should attend the inquest since they were the ones who had promised us that they would push for a RCI to investigate her brother’s mysterious death.
“This Friday (Dec 17) is the last day of the inquest. All relevant lawyers will be making their oral submissions at the Shah Alam court, so if they (MCA, Gerakan leaders) intend to keep their promise, just attend the inquest and judge it for themselves,” said Lee Lan who added that she does not foresee any contradiction between the ongoing inquest and if an investigation was carried out by a RCI.
Lee Lan also revealed to reporters that regardless of the decision of the inquest on Friday, they would still push for a RCI to find out the cause of her brother’s death.
“What we wanted from the beginning was a RCI and not an inquest but since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had promised me and the family that the inquest will be able to tell us the truth, we have taken his word.
“He (Najib) had also said that if we are not satisfied with the outcome of the inquest, then he will make due consideration on the RCI scope to investigate my brother’s death,” added Lee Lan.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Selangor Pasukan Keadilan executive director Lee Khai Loon said lack of confidence towards the inquest was what prompted them to start a signature campaign to push for a RCI.
Asked whether they intended to submit the signatures to the Prime Minister, Malaysians for Beng Hock campaign joint-coordinator Ng Yap Hwa said a memorandum would be submited to the Prime Minister once they have collected 100,000 signatures.
“Apart from seeking signatures from the Opposition coalition, we have also sent out letters to leaders from the ruling coalition, urging them to assist us in garnering signatures from their members as well as their grassroots leaders,” added Ng who mentioned that letters have been sent to the respective parties.
Yap also revealed to reporters that the deadline for the signature campaign was end of February and at the end of the three-month campaign, there would be a “Justice for Beng Hock, Truth for Rakyat” gathering.
Teoh, 30, political secretary to Selangor State Executive Councillor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after an overnight interrogation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on July 16 last year.
He was interrogated at the Selangor MACC headquarters located on the 14th floor of the same building, in connection with suspected abuse of state funds, by some Selangor lawmakers.