Family demands RCI, new probe into Sarbaini’s death

By Melissa Chi, The Malaysian Insider

PETALING JAYA, July 23 — Dissatisfied with the ongoing inquest into the death Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed, the Customs officer’s family today again demanded for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) into his untimely demise during a graft investigation.

The family previously asked for an RCI to be convened immediately, but later relented to the inquest after Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk VK Liew said that it was the first choice, and that there was a “procedure” which needed to be followed.

Today, Sarbaini’s widow Maziah Manap also asked for a fresh investigation over a remark made by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer Abdul Ghani Ali about those responsible for her husband’s death on April 6.

“Until now the police did not record my statement regarding Encik Ghani’s remark, ‘it wasn’t me, it was my people’, [made] to me when I expressed dissatisfaction of my husband’s death,” she said in the report lodged at the Kelana Jaya police station hear her house.

Abdul Ghani is a MACC investigating officer and the 18th witness to be called in the ongoing inquest into Ahmad Sarbaini’s death.

He had defended his statement and told the coroner’s court that he meant Ahmad Sarbaini had went to see his officers, not him personally, on the day of his death.

Ahmad Sarbaini, the Selangor Customs assistant director, was found dead on April 6 after he was believed to have fallen from the pantry on the third floor of the MACC Kuala Lumpur office on Jalan Cochrane here and landed on a badminton court on the first floor.

The most recent outcome from the inquest was a forensic investigator’s conclusion that Ahmad Sarbaini did not jump to his death nor was he pushed from the KL anti-graft office.