Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh has slammed Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin for accusing the family of the late Teoh Beng Hock of wanting more compensation from the Government.
He said Muhyiddin’s remarks portrayed Teoh’s family as seeking more than what they rightfully deserved.
“This cannot be further than the truth, the civil suit has nothing to do with the criminal investigations,” he said.
“They are not asking for favours, they are asking for justice, and it is for the state to provide justice,” he told a press conference today.
In a statement issued on Thursday (June 27), Ramkarpal pointed out that the settlement of the civil suit by Teoh’s family was made without prejudice to investigations over his death in 2009.
“It does not in any way indicate that Teoh’s family accepts that there was no element of homicide in his death, or that the said criminal investigations have been satisfactory.
“A three-member Court of Appeal bench has clearly stated in its judgment that there are elements of homicide. This means murder, manslaughter, death by negligence and so on.
“For Muhyiddin to say that all avenues were exhausted in relation to the investigation is an insult to the findings of the three eminent judges of the appellate court,” he said.
“To add salt to the wound, the classification of Teoh’s death under Section 342 of the Penal Code for wrongful confinement is a far cry from the findings of the court that there were elements of homicide.”
On Wednesday (June 26), Muhyiddin said that all avenues in the probe into Teoh’s death had been exhausted.
“When the family has received compensation and they continue to demand more, I would just leave the matter to the Attorney General,” Muhyiddin said.
However, Ramkarpal said investigations into Teoh’s death were far from over.
He said questions still remain as to whether there are parties who are criminally responsible for his death.
He also dismissed the likelihood of Teoh taking his own life, noting that he was supposed to be married soon and was expecting his first child.
“There was simply no reason for him to have done so. It is hoped that the criminal investigations are satisfactorily concluded as soon as possible in order to bring closure to this unfortunate saga.”
In 2009, Teoh, who was the political aide to then-Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, hours after he was interrogated by the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in its office on the 14th floor of the same building.
In 2014, the Court of Appeal ruled that one or more unknown persons, including MACC officers, had caused the death of Teoh when he was in their custody.
An RCI concluded that Teoh was driven to suicide by the aggressive interrogation methods used by MACC officers. It also blamed three officers for their aggressive methods which it said had violated procedures.
In 2015, the government and the MACC agreed to pay RM600,000 in damages to Teoh’s family as settlement in a negligence suit.
Meanwhile, Beng Hock sister rued that former DAP national chairperson Karpal Singh is no longer alive.
Lee Lan said if Karpal, who perished in a car accident in 2014, were still around, the scenario would be different.
“If you are still alive, this…would be another scenario. I miss you, Mr Karpal Singh. You are always on my mind,” she posted on Facebook last night.
She also published a photograph of her with Karpal.
Prior to his death, Karpal had represented Beng Hock’s family. His son, Ramkarpal Singh, is now acting for them.
Yesterday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Mazlan Mansor said the police are just following orders from the Attorney-General’s Chambers, while Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also said he was leaving the matter to the AGC.
In a separate Facebook posting, Lee Lan said if the police had made such a remark during Barisan Nasional’s administration, the then opposition would have been up in arms.
However, she lamented the silence of these once vociferous politicians in New Malaysia.
Taking Muhyiddin to task, Lee Lan zeroed in on the Cabinet’s promise last year to investigate the former DAP aide’s death.
“Is (this promise) as worthless as the promises made by the former prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak)?” she added.