Beng Hock Inquest Man Appointed Solicitor-General

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Abdul Razak Musa, the senior federal counsel who caused a stir at the inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock a decade ago, has been appointed solicitor-general with effect from July 14.

About Razak:

  • Received flak for suggesting that Teoh Beng Hock had strangled himself with a tie
  • Left lawyers and the public gallery alternately bemused and frustrated as he cross-examined Thai forensics expert Pornthip
  • Almost cited for contempt for his “I can sit but you cannot stand” remark to the late wheelchair-bound Karpal Singh
  • Acted as DPP in Kevin Morais murder trial

The letter of appointment dated July 8 was signed by Attorney-General Idrus Harun.

This is a powerful position which acts as the deputy to the attorney-general and can perform any of the functions of the attorney-general.

Razak will replace Solicitor-General Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek, who is currently the No. 2 in the Attorney-General’s Chambers. The AGC website said Engku Nor turns 60 this month.

Razak was previously the chairman of the Prevention of Crime and Terrorism Board, under the Home Ministry.

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He received flak when he acted as senior federal counsel for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at the inquest into the death of Teoh, an aide to a Selangor exco, who was found dead at the MACC Selangor headquarters at Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam the previous year.

During the inquest, Razak suggested that Teoh had strangled himself with a tie, refuting Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand who believed it was most likely a homicide.

Razak left lawyers and the public gallery alternately bemused and frustrated as he cross-examined the Thai forensics expert.

He was almost cited for contempt after he had made certain remarks about the late lawyer Karpal Singh’s disability.

Razak reportedly said: “I can sit but you cannot stand” to Karpal, who was wheelchair-bound.

This led to Karpal and his son, Gobind Singh Deo, who was then holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, demanding Razak be cited for contempt.

Razak also later acted as a deputy public prosecutor in the murder trial of deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais at the Kuala Lumpur High Court in 2016.