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MACC to finally punish officers in Teoh’s death

 | June 27, 2012

Despite dragging its feet for almost a year, the MACC has finally decided that it will take disciplinary action against three men over Teoh's death

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has finally decided to punish three of its officers over the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

The move comes nearly year after they were singled out to be responsible for Teoh’s death by a royal commission of inquiry (RCI).

Teoh, 30, was the political aide of Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah. He was found dead on July 16, 2009, on the fifth-floor corridor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam after he was questioned overnight by MACC officers on the 14th floor.

At a press conference in Parliament today, MACC chief Abu Kassim Mohamed told reporters that the commission would make its recommendations to its complaints committee before meting out appropriate disciplinary action against the trio.

Abu Kassim, however, was evasive when asked on the nature of the punishment that the MACC will recommend to the disciplinary and complaints panel.

He said the disciplinary action will be announced in due course.

“At the moment, we have not decided what disciplinary action to be taken. We will inform the complaints committee during its next meeting,” he added.

Asked why it took so long (for MACC to act), Abu Kassim said it was “not long”.

He was handing over MACC’s annual report to members of the Special Committee on Corruption at the Parliament lobby this morning.

On April 9, Abu Kassim said the internal probe against the three – the then Selangor MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim and his subordinates Mohd Anuar Ismail and Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus – was still ongoing as they were allowing them to defend themselves.

The trio were subsequently suspended.

A few days before that, it was revealed in Parliament that the Attorney-General’s Chambers has closed its case on Teoh’s death and had cleared the three MACC officers named in the RCI report – which had found that Teoh was driven to suicide following aggressive interrogation – of all offences.

Following Teoh’s death, an inquest was held but could only reach an “open verdict”.

A RCI was later held and the five-man RCI panel, headed by then federal court judge, James Foong, had singled out the three officers who were involved in Teoh’s interrogations in their report on July 21, last year.

The Bar Council, which played an active role in the RCI into Teoh’s death, had urged the Attorney-General to clarify and explain his decision.

Contrary to the RCI report which named the three men, the Bar Council had recommended that five MACC officers be investigated for culpable homicide.

The five officers include Hishamuddin, Mohd Anuar and Mohd Ashraf as well as Selangor MACC investigations chief, Hairul Ilham Hamzah, and Klang MACC assistant enforcement officer Zulkefly Aziz.

The Bar had recommended that the five be investigated under Section 304A of the Penal Code for causing the death of Teoh via negligence.


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