Teoh death probe: Cops ‘disappointed’ with Ean Yong

(The Star) – Selangor police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar expressed his disappointment with Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, whom he claimed kept police waiting for three hours to give his statement on Tuesday.

Police officers had gone to Ean Yong’s office at 3pm to take his statement as he had refused to go to the police station, DCP Khalid said.

However, Ean Yong informed them at 6pm that he could not give a statement, claiming that Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim had instructed state representatives not to give any police statement after 6pm.

“There is no rule forbidding us to take statements after 6pm,” DCP Khalid told reporters on Wednesday.

“Everybody is waiting for us to wrap up the investigation but Ean Yong has delayed that process. I hope the witness will give us his full cooperation,” he added.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission was investigating Ean Yong after reports of alleged abuse of state funds surfaced. His political secretary Teoh Beng Hock, who was taken in by the MACC as a witness, was later found dead near the graft-busting agency’s office.

Police are now investigating the death amidst a public outcry against the MACC.

Ean Yong, also the Seri Kembangan assemblyman, is scheduled to give his statement at 3pm Wednesday.

“If he stil doesn’t co-operate, I will force him to come to my office,” DCP Khalid said, adding that 45 people had given their statements so far.

Five family members including Teoh’s fiancee Soh Cher Wei are expected to give their statements to the police on Wednesday.

Police not kept waiting

Ean Yong, when contacted, denied that he had kept the police waiting.

A police officer he identified only as “ASP Amirul” had turned up at the 15th floor of the state secretariat to interview him and Kota Alam Shah assemblyman M. Manoharan at 3:40pm, Ean Yong said. “I asked him to interview Manoharan first and the interview ended at 7pm,” he said. “I did not keep the police waiting. It was the other way around.”

Ean Yong said he had told the police he had another important meeting on Tuesday night and asked ASP Amirul to come again on Wednesday.