[Malaysian Insider] Beng Hock’s sister tells Najib to prove sincerity, set up RCI
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 18 – In an open letter today, Teoh Lee Lan called on Datuk Seri Najib Razak to prove his sincerity and fulfil his promise to set up a royal commission to thoroughly probe her brother’s death.
Teoh Beng Hock’s sister reminded the sixth prime minister of his own “People First” slogan, and added that sincerity formed the basis of a leader who could transform a nation.
Najib, who took over power in April 2009 with the vision to turn Malaysia into a high-income nation, has been criticised repeatedly over his reform ideas.
Lee Lan said her family was disappointed by the PM’s silence on the issue two weeks after the coroner delivered an open verdict, which she noted did not rule out homicide but had highlighted the pre-fall injury to Teoh’s neck.
The 30-year-old told Najib her family was still clueless as to how Teoh died after 1½ years, and reminded the PM of his promise.
“You said that the government would conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that no stone would be left unturned,” wrote Lee Lan, on behalf of her family.
She said her family wants to know who caused the injury, how it was sustained and who should be responsible for it.
She questioned why the government did not continue to investigate the pre-fall injury on Beng Hock’s neck and the contradictory statements made by officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) who had held her brother overnight.
“We do hope the PM could hold on before submitting the name list to Yang Di-Pertuan Agong, please listen to us, let our family and the people of this country have confidence in the royal commission established by you,” she said.
She called on Najib to consult the family and reassure them by appointing only persons of high-integrity with impeccable human rights records to be members of the RCI.
Lee Lan added her family only wanted closure for her brother’s death.
The Malaccan, who has been crisscrossing the country for public support to lobby for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into Teoh’s death, said that ignoring the voice of the people is akin to betraying the spirit of democracy.
To date, the “Malaysians for Beng Hock” campaign has collected 80,000 signatures.
Teoh was the political secretary to a Selangor state executive councillor when he fell to his death from Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on July 16, 2009.
He had been interrogated by the graft busters at their then state headquarters on the 14th floor of the same building.
Source: Malaysian Insider.