Parti Keadilan Rakyat Vice President and Gopeng Member of Parliament, Dr Lee Boon Chye welcome the decision by cabinet on 22nd July 2009 to form a royal commission of inquiry to look into the sudden death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock. Teoh was found death while under the watch of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on 16th July 2009.
There is no doubt that any effort to combat corruption will be in vain without a credible anti-corruption agency. The royal commission is an essential first step towards establishing credibility of MACC.
Dr Lee Boon Chye demands that in order to establish the credibility of MACC, the scope of the enquiry by the royal commission should aim at answering the following 4 questions:
- What is the cause of death of Teoh Beng Hock and who is responsible ?
- During the interrogation of the victim, has MACC violated the pre-existing rules and regulation as well as the basic human right of the victim?
- Following Teoh Beng Hock’s death, was there any attempt to cover up the case and to mislead the public and if so, who is responsible?
- Did the operation of the MACC on seven Pakatan Rakyat Selangor State Legislators an act of selective persecution and witch hunting since there were contrasting lack of actions against cases involving Barisan Nasional leaders? Answer to this will help to re-establish MACC as an impartial agency, free from political influence.
The answers to the above questions are essential in determining the truth about the tragedy, more so if we wish to restore any semblance of credibility of MACC. Without the answers and rectifying measures and without a credible MACC, any effort to combat corruption will be in vain.