Sunday, July 19, 2009

MCA: MACC must be professional when conducting questioning on suspects and witnesses

MCA Spokesperson Sdr Lee Wei Kiat today expresses that MCA views with deep concern the sudden demise of Teoh Beng Hock at MACC HQ on 16 July 2009 as it has caused much speculation and unhappiness among the public.

He urges the government to look seriously into the case and reiterates that the party is of the view that a Royal Commission should be set up to investigate the unnatural death of Teoh to explain to his family and to quell all unnecessary rumours and unease among the people.

“To show that MACC is not hiding anything from the public, thus the responsibility lies with them to disclose a full report on the entire details and circumstances of Teoh giving his statement to the commission from 5:30 pm on 15 July 2009 until his release the next day at 3:45 am,” Wei Kiat emphasized.

He pointed out that the public is questioning why Teoh’s interrogation had dragged on until early in the morning which had deprived him of sleep and affected his well being in providing his statement to the commission.

On allegations reported in online news that claimed that MACC officers tried to extract false confession from certain municipal councillor and also used derogatory terms, Wei Kiat called on the commission to be professional and improve on their approach in conducting questioning on the suspects. He reiterated that the commission should not resort to violent approach or any form of mental or physical torture when trying to obtain statements from the suspects and witnesses.

“The party calls on the police and government to investigate the claim thoroughly to uphold the credibility of MACC and also to ensure that no party will be victimized. The government should bring those found guilty to court to return justice to the deceased family,” he emphasized.

On behalf of MCA, Wei Kiat expressed that the party offered its deepest condolences to Teoh’s family and fiancée while vowing that the truth will prevail.

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