RCI tars MACC as ‘not professional’

By Boo Su-Lyn, The Malaysian Insider 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 — The royal panel investigating Teoh Beng Hock’s death today called into question the professionalism of the country’s graft-busters after it was revealed they had not acted promptly on information gleaned from interviewing the political aide.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer Mohd Anuar Ismail said today he had not read Teoh’s statement immediately after it was recorded in the wee hours of July 16, 2009 as he had chosen to go to sleep due to fatigue.

“You are all not professional,” said Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) chairman Tan Sri James Foong today.

“Do you agree with us we must put professionalism back into your force?” he added.

Anuar, 34, admitted there were co-ordination problems in the commission and that professionalism could be improved.

Teoh’s body was found on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam, on July 16 2009 after he was questioned overnight by MACC officers at their then Selangor headquarters on the 14th floor.

The anti-graft officers were investigating a claim that Teoh’s boss, Ean Yong Hian Wah, was abusing state funds.

Ean Yong is a Selangor state executive councillor and Seri Kembangan assemblyman from the DAP.