Teoh RCI politicised, says Najib

By Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The opposition has been accused of politicising the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Teoh Beng Hock’s death.

According to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, his political rivals are using the deceased’s family to delay the matter in order to use it as campaign fodder during the coming general election.

“They have politicised it (the commission). They want to prolong the case and use it during the general election,” he told a press conference here.

Najib said the opposition wants to postpone the matter to create the impression that the government was dragging its feet in the search for the truth.

On Wednesday, Teoh’s family pulled out from the inquiry when the commission turned down their request to postpone the proceedings until the disposal of a judicial review by the family against the coroner’s open verdict in the inquest.

The next day, the Selangor government also withdrew from the inquest.

Teoh, a former aide to a DAP Selangor exco member, was found dead in July 2009 after being interrogated overnight by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

Meanwhile, Najib said the government was also determined to get to the bottom of the matter.