Najib: Don’t dispute RCI report on Teoh

(Bernama) – KANGAR: Najib Tun Razak said today there should not be any more dispute over the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the death of Teoh Beng Hock, saying the findings were based on truth.


The prime minister said the commission was formed in the name of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and was an independent, just and credible body and that their findings would be the truth.

“Don’t question the findings because this will defeat the purpose of having the commission,” he told a news conference here.

He added that if the people continued to dispute the findings, what then was the alternative to establish the political aide’s cause of death?

He was asked to comment on the reaction to the commission’s report unveiled on Thursday, with some disputing the findings that Teoh’s death was suicide.

The commission was headed by Federal Court judge James Foong Cheng Yuen and comprised Federal Court judge Abdul Kadir Sulaiman, former Appeal Court judge TS Nathan, Penang Hospital’s forensic pathology consultant Dr Bhupinder Singh, Dean of Cyberjaya Medical Science College University and consultant forensic psychiatrist Prof Dr Mohamed Hatta Shaharom and Legal Affairs Division Director-General at the Prime Minister’s Department Saripuddin Kasim.

It was tasked with investigating the death of Teoh — political aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah — whose body was found on July 16, 2009, on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, Selangor.

On the three officers of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission whose “relentless, aggressive and oppressive” interrogation techniques were blamed for driving Teoh to suicide, Najib said any action taken against them should be based on existing laws and regulations.

– Bernama