Test former MACC official’s DNA again, urges Beng Hock group

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy spokesman Ng Yap Hwa (second from right) and representatives of the group after lodging a police report at the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters

PETALING JAYA: A group dedicated to seeking justice for political aide Teoh Beng Hock has called on the police to reopen investigations into former Selangor Malaysian-Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim.

The Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy also urged the police to recollect DNA samples from Hishamuddin and cross-examine it with the unknown DNA found on Teoh’s body and clothes.

After lodging a report at the district police headquarters here today, the group’s spokesman, Ng Yap Hwa, said the cops must probe claims made by MACC insiders through a letter sent in 2009.

The letter, which used MACC’s letterhead, was sent to then Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim.

The letter raised suspicion over Hishamuddin giving his DNA samples in the privacy of his office, when other officers gave their samples as a group in a conference room.

Teoh Beng Hock.

It added that the former deputy chief had a trademark interrogation technique of grabbing a person by the belt and then lifting and shaking them.

Ng said this meant that the mystery DNA on Teoh’s body and clothes could very well belong to Hishamuddin.

“We must ask why Hishamuddin got such special treatment,” he told reporters outside the police headquarters.

“Due to this, we think these aspects are worth being looked into again by the police during this new investigation,” he added.

Ng also expressed disappointment over the lack of developments despite fresh investigations by the police, saying there was no sign they were treating the case as a murder or homicide.

“The Selangor police team never calls us to provide additional information,” he said.

Hishamuddin, who most recently served as the anti-graft body’s intelligence division director for a period of time, was the officer in charge of the operation that led to Teoh’s death.

Earlier this month, the group urged the police to investigate 10 MACC officers for covering up Teoh’s death, abetting and attempting to cover up his death, giving false evidence and destroying evidence and also murder.

In 2009, Teoh, who was the political aide to then-Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, hours after he was interrogated by Selangor MACC at its office on the 14th floor of the same building.

A royal commission of inquiry concluded that Teoh was driven to suicide by the aggressive interrogation methods used by MACC officers. It also blamed three officers for their aggressive methods which it said had violated procedures.

Last July, it was reported that police would comply with instructions from the Attorney-General’s Chambers to conduct further investigations into Teoh’s death.