[Malaysiakini] This time around, Nazri says Pornthip 'is a liar'..
Mr Nazri, by referring to Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip's claim that she will not be able to testify in Malaysia for Teoh Beng Hock's inquest due to political pressure, if this is just a misunderstanding, please clarify immediately and give Dr Pornthip the assurance that she will be safe, and her current forensic mission in southern Thailand will not be affected. Calling her a Liar is not helpful at all!! It seems to me that you indeed do not welcome her to come to testify in Malaysia!
~ Hazlan Zakaria
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz has called renowned Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand a liar over her claims that the Malaysian government exercised "political pressure" to stop her from testifying.
parliament gobind singh ban over nazri mistake 251108 04"She is a liar! She lied in the inquest and she is lying now," said the de-facto law minister when contacted by Malaysiakini.
"As you very well know, today with the Internet and everything, it would be suicidal for the Malaysian government to stop her from testifying,” added Mohamad Nazri.
He was responding to Dr Pornthip's allegations in a Malaysiakini exclusive that she had been given "signals" and "political pressure" to cease her involvement in the ongoing investigation into the late DAP political secretary Teoh Beng Hock's death.
According to the doctor, Thai government officials had discreetly relayed to her the 'message' from the Malaysian government officials.
She claimed to have been prevented from entering Kelantan on official business through the Thai-Malaysian border in January this year, saying that this was one of the 'signals' of pressure being applied upon her.
Despite being reluctant to do so, Dr Pornthip has decided not to testify because of the pressure being put upon her.
Forced to choose between her work in investigating the deaths in southern Thailand or the Teoh Beng Hock inquest.
'Nothing to do with us'
Nazri however scoffed at Pornthip's claims, and said her problems with investigations in southern Thailand have nothing to do with the Malaysian government.
"It has nothing to do with her fear of not getting our cooperation in investigating her forensic cases in southern Thailand.
"I think it is a personal problem, it is a problem in Thailand.
"If she is unable to perform her investigation there, it is problem with the Thai government, not us," said Nazri.
Formerly the political secretary to Selangor exco Ean-Yong Hin Wah, Teoh was found dead on the rooftop of the building housing the Selangor Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission's headquarters in Shah Alam in July last Year.
His mysterious death, hours after he was seen walking into the anti-graft body's office to be interviewed over alleged corruption in the Selangor government has caused widespread public outcry and the focus of an ongoing inquest.
Pornthip had earlier testified that she believed Teoh could have been strangled.
Taken from Malaysiakini.