Some points in the mysterious death of Teoh Beng Hock while in MACC’s custody need to be reviewed at this stage.
(1) Teoh was probably not a mere witness called in for evidence but rather detained to provide ‘evidence’ on the DAP’s alleged misuse of RM2,400. His unnecessary and illegal detention overnight, and MACC having possession of his phone, etc point to this probability.
(2) Teoh had probably been badly treated like Tan Boon Hwa, another so-called ‘witness’ who made police reports (was threatened by police into making a second one) about, and provided information on MACC’s interrogation techniques involving torture (standing still for 4 hours with water or food) and racist abuses (Cina bodoh) and psychological intimidation (threats against Tan's wife and family). Another witness, Dariff Din collaborated Tan’s report.
(3) MACC claimed they released Teoh at 3:45 am but he was seen by Tan Boon Hwa at 6 am still in the building. Commonsense tells us if Teoh had been released he would have scooted off home (his car was parked at the MACC building) or at least phoned home. He did neither, which points to the likelihood he was NOT released as claimed.
(4) Something terrified MACC at around 1:30 pm, when it was claimed that a janitor discovered Teoh’s body. Kim Quek wrote in Malaysiakini’s Teoh's death: Mysteries abound (extracts):
… Why was the outer timber door of the MACC office unprecedentedly closed for some half an hour at the time when some one discovered Teoh's body?
The Chinese section of Malaysiakini reported on July 17 that its reporter Rahmah Ghazali observed an inexplicable happening at the MACC office at the 14th floor, where the outer timber door was mysteriously shut between 1.15pm and 1.35pm, and re-opened shortly before 1.50pm on July 16.
Rahmah explained that she first arrived at the MACC's 14th floor office at 1.15 to attend a press conference to be given by assemblyman Lau Weng San. Seeing that no one was around, she went down to the 4th floor to wait at the reception hall.
When other reporters arrived at 1.30, she followed them to the 14th floor again, but was surprised to find the outer timber door of the MACC office closed; it was then about 1.35.
Thinking that the staff could have closed the door to go for lunch, she and other reporters went down for food. She then called Lau who expressed disbelief that the timber door was closed, as MACC was supposed to operate around the clock.
Knowing that Lau was already on the way, she decided to skip lunch and went back to 14th floor, and found the timber door re-opened this time; the time was about 1.50. Lau arrived at 2pm. After talking to reporters for about 20 minutes outside the MACC office, he went in to make a report. Of course, none of them knew that Teoh was already dead then.
1.30 was the time when some one discovered Teoh's body. Why did MACC take the unprecedented step to shut down the office briefly, closing the door between 1.15 and 1.35, and re-opening the door at shortly before 1.50?
What did the staff do behind that timber door at that crucial moment that they would not want outsiders to see? The mystery seems to deepen.
What had caused that ‘sealing’ of the building at that crucial time? Was it the discovery of Teoh’s body? Or was it an interrogation technique that had gone horribly wrong? At this juncture, around 1:30 pm, it should be noted that Tan Boon Hwa was then released.
Kim Quek also wrote:
What happened between 1.30pm and 5pm?
Though Teoh's body was discovered at 1.30, it was not until after 5pm that MACC disclosed the news to assemblymen Ean Yong and Ronnie Liu who had been waiting for over an hour in the MACC office insisting to meet Teoh. Why should MACC have hidden the news for so long unless there were compelling reasons which in all probability might not be guilt-free?
(5) There was initially an attempt to suggest/insinuate Teoh must have committed suicide, but who would believe a man who was to have married the next day would commit suicide, least of all his friend who was reminded by Teoh (on the day before he was hauled in by MACC) that he was to be the best man at Teoh’s wedding.
(6) The the insinuation shifted to Teoh’s assassination by the underworld, or Teoh’s suicide for fear of this ‘underworld’. The insinuators’ logic would have us believe that this was an ‘underworld’ which dabbled in sums of RM2,400 unlike another above-world which boldly, blatantly and brazenly displayed a trophy of RM24 million.
The police was also heard to announce they were looking into any ‘underworld’ connections with the death of Teoh. Ho-hum!
Questions they had asked of Teoh’s family included whether he was a smoker (went out of MACC building to smoke then jumped or fell over the safety wall? With our police, anything could be possible), and whether he had complained about work before he died, and tried to make a connection with his work and the possibility that he may taken his own life as a result (the old suicide hope again).
From all these, can anyone blame us for believing that Teoh was hard done by the MACC interrogators, and his death was not a result of suicide or any BS underworld involvement – though I wait breathlessly for the police finding on its investigation, which seemed thus far to be slanted towards a suicide (or even underworld assassination), which would then absolve MACC of any culpability.
Apart from alluding nonsensically to Teoh's suicide or/and a sinister 'underworld' connection with DAP, the authority’s aim thus far has been its use of its mainstream mouthpieces and its bloggers, to imbue MACC with the bangsa Teflon coating, and turn any criticisms of MACC into a racist attack on the Malays or Malay leadership.
The MACC is to be projected as a victim of non-Malay vicious assault on the Malays.
As I have stated in Carpe diem Najib I wait to see whether Najib will use the golden opportunity of a RCI into the tragedy of Teoh to completely shear off an evil baggage he has inherited.
Purge the system once and for all of lil Napoleons, Mat Rempits and Bocorites.