Reading between the lines in PM Najib’s Razak terms of reference for the proposed Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the Teoh Beng Hock tragedy, we can see very clearly that the RCI will be steered clear of the cause of Teoh’s death, or his pre-fall injury which has been established by the inquest's ordered post mortem.
What then would be the f* point of having a RCI if not to establish the cause of his death, so carefully avoided by the government inquest, or who had been responsible for his pre-fall injuries. It's obvious Najib is just trying to buy time for his pending general election.
Instead the terms of reference for the RCI is limited to a minor issue, the MACC investigative procedures. Now, who the f* is interested in the MACC procedures because when a witness walked into its building alive but emerged out of it via a window at the 14th floor, already having pre-fall injuries, to his death, those procedures are undeniably all f*ing rotten.
The crucial issue for Teoh’s family and every citizen in this country is the true cause of his death, or to be more blunt, his manslaughter or even possibly murder.
His sister, the intrepid Teoh Lee Lan, bemoans in an open letter to PM Najib of his broken promise, where after 500 days of an inquest, the outcome was still an open verdict. And Najib has the cheek to tell us to look at the bigger picture as if the unexplained death of an innocent citizen (a mere witness, not even a police or MACC suspect) in a MACC building is unimportant. Teoh Lee Lan wrote (extracts):
After one and a half years, we still have no idea how he died. What is stopping the authorities from finding out the truth?
When we complained about the biased inquest, you ignored us; when we demanded for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to probe Beng Hock's cause of death, you did not respond to us.
We still remember what you said to us when we met you last year. You said that the government would conduct a thorough investigation to ensure that no stone would be left unturned.
Yes, we want a thorough investigation. The final verdict of the inquest confirmed that Beng Hock sustained pre-fall injury to his neck. Our family wants to know who caused the injury, how it was sustained and who should be responsible for it.
It has been two weeks since the coroner delivered his verdict which did not rule out the possibility of homicide in a convincing manner. Why didn't the government continue to investigate the pre-fall injury on Beng Hock's neck?
It’s obvious from both the inquest and the terms of reference for the proposed RCI that the authorities are protecting someone in MACC, weaving and dodging around the f* obvious question: Who or what caused Teoh to fall out of that 14th window?
No one less than former MCA President, Ong Tee Keat, had this to say in a letter to Malaysiakini (extracts):
I am shocked by the coroner's open verdict yesterday which rules out both suicide and homicide in the death of Teoh Beng Hock. […]
The loss of life, especially while in the custody of government enforcement officials, is always a serious matter of public concern.
There cannot be no answers for this particular case. It's simply not acceptable that one can die in the MACC's custody without knowing what had happened.
Teoh voluntarily stepped into the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)'s office to give a statement as a witness.
He failed to come out alive, while under MACC's custody. His body was found sprawled on a service corridor in Plaza Masalam's Level 5 on July 16, 2009.
No matter from which point of view or political divide you see the death, it is just unbelievable, unacceptable and illogical that no one knows what happened to Teoh in a place where security is relatively tight.
Well and truly said, Ong Tee Keat. At least you have the bloody balls to call it as it is, instead of a mealy mouthed attempt by your MCA colleagues to tell the public "not to politicize the Teoh Beng Hock tragedy".