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Media Statement by Loke Siew Fook in Petaling Jaya on Friday, 17th July 2009:

DAPSY condemns MACC's treatment of Teoh Beng Hock; calls for Royal Commission of Inquiry into his death

DAPSY staunchly condemns the MACC’s vicious treatment of Teoh Beng Hock that may have resulted in his tragic death. We are extremely saddened and infuriated by the circumstances in which Teoh, a dedicated DAPSY member, drew his last breath.

How could a person who was not even a suspect be interrogated overnight, with legal representation being denied? How can a human being be treated in such a way?

There has been extreme negligence on MACC’s part to allow this to happen to one of their supposed witnesses. ‘Releasing’ Teoh after interrogation at 3.45am is absurd enough, but how logical it is for a sane person to not call anyone to pick him up after being released, but to sleep in someone else’s pantry?

We won’t be easily fooled by such nonsense.

We want to know what the MACC officers did to him throughout his interrogation. We want to know they and the police officers did in the crime scene for hours yesterday before confirming Teoh’s death. We want to know if there has indeed been a cover up of the incident.

MACC must bear full responsibility for this inexcusable act of negligence, and must answer to the public on questions surrounding Teoh’s tragic death. Prime Minister Najib must be held accountable for the brutal rape of democracy and human rights of this country.

DAPSY demands a thorough and independent investigation over this tragedy. DAPSY will also launch a special campaign to pressure Najib’s administration to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

* Loke Siew Fook, DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) National Chairman & MP for Rasah



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