Stop Speculating On Royal Commission – Muhyiddin

(Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on the people to stop speculating on the setting up of a royal commission to study the mode of investigations applied by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) during the questioning of a Selangor political aide, Teoh Beng Hock, who was subsequently found dead.

He said all quarters should respect the royal commission as an independent body and accept its decision without any prejudice.

“They should respect the commission and not make any unfair speculation. We must have confidence in its transparency and independence,” he told reporters after attending a feast with the people at the Masjid Jamek Simpang Enam in Jalan Macalister, here today.

He said that the commission was the result of calls by various parties including Teoh’s family.

“Let the commission carry out its duties,” he said, adding that the members would be announced soon.

Muhyiddin said that it would be up to the royal commission to determine the scope of investigations, its approach as well as what should be established from the process, as all these were not determined by the government.

“We don’t want any speculation or accusation pertaining to the outcome of the commission’s investigations. It is up to the commission to determine the methods of investigations and the time required to complete them,” he said.

The cabinet decided two days ago that a commission be set up to determine the procedures concerning the mode of interrogation applied by the MACC.

It also decided that an inquest be held to determine the cause of Teoh’s death.

On whether the MACC should continue with the investigations against several Selangor assemblymen in view of the latest development, Muhyiddin said it would be up to the MACC to decide.

“The government has no say in this. The MACC is an independent body, so it is up to the MACC whether to continue or otherwise,” he said.