The RCI heard that Teoh Beng Hock could have been a suspect or accomplice to cheat the Selangor government.
KUALA LUMPUR: Teoh Beng Hock could have been a suspect or accomplice to cheat the Selangor government by using Bumiputera companies to secure projects, the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) investigating Teoh’s death heard here today.
Acting senior superintendent Ahmad Shafik Abdul Rahman, 32, the Putrajaya investigating officer who took over the case on Seri Kembangan state assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah a month after Teoh’s death, told the court that Ean Yong and contractor Lee Wye Wing could have also been implicated.
“I was ordered to investigate the case under Section 18 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, but from my investigation I couldn’t prove it… however, Ean Yong, Teoh, or Lee could be suspects… in cheating the government by using non-Bumiputera companies,” he said.
Ahmad Shafik added that the discovery of possible alternative offences emerged when he was preparing the case files.
On April 27, Ahmad Shafik had testified that the case on Ean Yong was closed as there was insufficient evidence to prove any offences under Section 18 of the MACC Act.
When questioned by MACC laywer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah today, Ahmad Shafik said that he had found that the case could also be investigated from other angles, namely for cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code and for misuse of position for gratification under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009
However, when asked by Bar Council lawyer S Sivaneindiren on why the two “new” angles were not pursued, Ahmad Shafik said instructions were to focus on Section 18.
Sivaneindiren: But you said that you could suggest to your superiors?
Ahmad Shafik: Yes I could, and I did discuss with my superiors; we could not have conducted further investigations based on the situation then (without Teoh); there was not enough to charge anyone with cheating.
Ahmad Shafik added that a suggestion to his superiors to widen (the scope of) the investigations could only be made if there was sufficient evidence from the current statements to prove an alternative offence.
It was previously revealed that contractors engaged by Ean Yong had used the names of several Bumiputera companies as fronts to procure Class F projects when the actual work was done by other companies.
Shafee had argued that such a “deception” was a breach of the regulations stated in the Treasury circular.
However, today, Ahmad Shafik said that the Selangor circular did not specifically state that a Bumiputera contractor must be engaged for works, but was stated in the Finance Ministry’s (MOF) Treasury circular.
Asked by Sivaneindiren, he confirmed that the MOF circular applied to federal government projects.
Earlier, Kajang councillor Lee Kee Hiong, 45, testified that Teoh and Ean Yong were both bright people of “integrity”.
Kee Hiong, who was earlier questioned by Bar Council’s Robert Lau, denied that Teoh and Ean Yong had marked up the prices.
“Teoh and Ean Yong would never ask for a higher price; Teoh would always ask contractors to reduce the prices…,” Kee Hiong said.
Kee Hiong was a programme coordinator for Hong Chae Enterprise, a contractor that has done work for Ean Yong.