PUTRAJAYA: Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today sought to allay concerns over remarks by his Cabinet colleague Muhyiddin Yassin suggesting that the family of Teoh Beng Hock, who was found dead hours after his arrest for a graft investigation in 2009, was making unreasonable demands for compensation.
Muhyiddin, the home minister, drew criticism after he said that the government had exhausted all legal avenues in relation to the case, including setting up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) and paying the family compensation.
Gobind said Muhyiddin’s remarks were his personal view.
“I know Muhyiddin said a few things, but those are his views.
“The person who will make the final decision will be the attorney-general,” he told reporters during an event at a private university here.
Gobind said police investigations would continue as decided by the Cabinet.
“Let’s wait for the attorney-general to announce and then we’ll take it from there,” he said.
Teoh was the political aide to then-Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah when he was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to help in a graft investigation.
The next day, he was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, which housed the Selangor MACC office.
An RCI concluded that he was driven to suicide by the aggressive interrogation methods used by MACC officers.
In 2011, the Court of Appeal ruled that his death was “accelerated by unlawful acts” and blamed MACC officers. The family later filed a civil suit against the government, MACC and 10 officers for negligence and assault.
Last year, it was reported that the police would conduct further investigations into Teoh’s death following instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.