MACC adviser donates RM50,000 to Teoh fund

Written by Chan Kok Leong, The Edge

DAP secretary-general and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has piled the pressure on the government to come clean in the case of Teoh Beng Hock’s death, questioning the role of the Royal Commission of Inquiry.

Speaking to a packed Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall here at a memorial for Teoh late last night, Lim also appealed to the public to contribute to a foundation set up for Teoh’s unborn child.

Teoh, political aide to Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam on July 16. He had been interrogated overnight for eight hours at the Selangor headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the 14th floor of the same building.

The former Sin Chew Daily reporter was due to be married on July 18.

MACC advisory panel member Tan Sri Robert Phang was among the first to answer Lim’s appeal by donating RM50,000 to the fund.

“All the MACC advisers are equally stumped on how Teoh’s death could have happened. We are at a loss on how to explain a witness going to MACC could have died,” Phang told some 1,000 people.

PAS central committee member Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang also addressed the crowd.
“This problem is not an issue only the Chinese face. All Malaysians are faced with the same problem,” said Dzulkfli. “If MACC sent Teoh to his grave, the people will send MACC to its grave.”

Midway through the memorial, Teoh’s fiancee Soh Cher Wei, who is two months’ pregnant, went on stage to thank the public.

“I cannot promise anything but I will do my best to raise our child,” said the teary 28-year-old.