Latheefa should reopen Teoh Beng Hock case to demonstrate her determination

PKR’s former chief of legal bureau Latheefa’s appointment as MACC Chief has led to heated arguments in Malaysian politics because her appointment was not in line with Pakatan Harapan’s Manifesto, in which “the MACC should be an independent body and it should be responsible to Parliament”. Furthermore, the fact that Latheefa was the former chief of PKR’s legal bureau and the central committee member of PKR, which is part of the party’s top leadership, has created the impression that the appointment was not neutral. Although Latheefa later clarified that she has quitted PKR, this does not mean that the appointment was entirely reasonable.

Therefore, with sincere hope that Latheefa will be implementing drastic measures in reforming MACC, eliminating the culture of corruption that permeates different levels, including launching new disciplinary investigation on the case of Teoh Beng Hock and taking firm actions against the officers involved in it.

Teoh Beng Hock entered the MACC building to give a statement on July 16, 2009, and had never returned since then. He was unfortunately found dead at the MACC building. The Court of Appeal had already ruled that Teoh Beng Hock was murdered and hence it is not a cold case. MACC as the entity involved in this case should obey the court ruling and initiate disciplinary investigation on relevant officers in order to give fairness and justice back to Teoh Beng Hock.

DAPSY will never forget the tragedy. A young man with bright future had lost his life, his family had lost a son and a brother, his wife had lost her true love, the orphan had never seen his father’s face, and DAP had lost an excellent member. Due to the previous BN regime and MACC’s political plot, a happy and lovely family has to endure the pain and sorrow for their whole life.

It is intolerable to see MACC officers involved in Teoh Beng Hock case remain at large, while some of them are even more successful than before with promotion and wealth. Latheefa who had worked with the Selangor government before must have understood clearly the political persecution staged by the old regime and MACC towards Pakatan Harapan, with Teoh Beng Hock being the innocent victim who sacrificed. Therefore, investigation by MACC on the relevant officers must not be delayed.

After 10 years of waiting, the family and friends of Teoh Beng Hock have finally witnessed the change of government. Therefore, all units involved in this case should not delay the truth and must bring those who are guilty to justice.

Chiong Yoke Kong
Media statement by Chiong Yoke Kong in Cameron Highlands on Wednesday, 5th June 2019