Decision in line with Malaysia’s laws, says Najib

(The Star) – BANGI: The decision to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry and hold an inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock is in accordance with the country’s laws, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

The Prime Minister said that the setting up of the commission and its scope of duties were provided for under the law, while the inquest to investigate Teoh’s death comes under provisions outlined in the Criminal Procedure Code.

“What we decided is in line with the provisions of the country’s laws.

“We are interested in the truth, whether it is in the form of a Royal Commission or an inquest.

“It’s not about politicising it or about gaining political advantage. It is to find the truth and to tell the family what really happened.

“We will find the truth and the findings will be made public.

“That is the most important thing,” Najib stressed after launching the National Green Technology Policy and green energy office of the Pusat Tenaga Malaysia head office here yesterday.

He was commenting on calls by many parties for the Government to broaden the terms of the reference of the Royal Commission to include the investigation into Teoh’s death.

On Wednesday, Najib said the commission would look into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) investigation procedures and find out if any human rights violation occurred with regards to Teoh’s questioning, while the inquest, to be headed by a magistrate, would look into the cause of Teoh’s death.