Tribute to Teoh Beng Hock

By Pahlawan Volunteers
Pahlawan Volunteers felt duty-bound to initiate a campaign with the public. This is a call to make a better Malaysia for all. We unite and shout out loud ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We want to EVICT BAD GOVERNANCE. We want the authorities to STOP TERRORIZING THE NATION!

Dear Fellow Malaysians,

JULY 16th 2009 ONE MALAYSIA IS IN PAIN.

The nation felt severe pain as we follow the tragic news of the death of Teoh Beng Hock, reportedly to have fallen to his death in the building that houses the Selangor headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Office in Shah Alam.

We don’t know the deceased nor do we know the family or his colleagues. But we shed many tears as we watched and read the horrible news and learnt of the circumstances that led to the tragic passing of this young life. These tears were shed because we are ashamed of our government; a government that cannot even deliver its basic duty of assuring safety and security to its citizens.

Beng Hock, a young life; barely 30, could have a promising life ahead, now an abrupt stop has been put to that life. This young person must have had a sense of mission. He did not choose the comfort of some other career paths but dedicated himself to the “thankless” and difficult job of public service in Malaysia.

The job itself is challenging enough; daily we watched these young political secretaries go about their chores of supporting and assisting their elected representatives operating on a 7-11 all week schedules for a very modest compensation. Daily they have to navigate the hassle-filled terrain of the government bureaucracy; often times have to put up with bully and abuse by hostile parties in the course of their daily work; not counting the need to fire fight and to put up with endless eruptions of political emergencies especially if they are working for the opposition.

Their tenacity and patience are being tested, challenged and stretched every minute of the day. Through their work, they serve and strive all for a better Malaysia, for you and me.

However, all of us in Malaysia would not imagine that in a “civilized society” like ours, would think that this job of serving the public comes with such a heavy price — one that may have to be paid for with one’s precious life.

Teoh’s parents in their sorrow expressed regret that they allowed their son to go into public service; a sentiment we can all appreciate because no one would want to expose our children to any risks. But what happened to Beng Hock is most unnecessary, unfair and unjust! THERE IS NO REASON WHY THIS SHOULD HAPPEN.

Can we all live up to our “civilized society” label and not let this young man die in vain?

We ask you, all Malaysians:

* Now the hopes of a pair of aging parents and an expectant fiancée are completely shattered by the strange demise of this young person; do we not owe this family their precious son; for our system could not even give him the basic protection?

* Can we let Beng Hock die in vain as he was sacrificed while working to move the nation’s democratic system forward? If no more talented young people would want to go into service for the public in the future, how on earth can we sustain a fair political system for our economic, social and cultural lives to continue?

* If parents were to pull back and not let their off-springs participate in the nation’s governance to ensure a fair system; how can you and I be protected from foul play and injustice?

Time we unite and shout out loud ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
We want to EVICT BAD GOVERNANCE.
We want the authorities to STOP TERRORIZING THE NATION!

If the system is allowed to continue to rot; all of our well-being will be sacrificed. Your property will have no value, your job will not pay well (if you still have one), the streets are not safe and the schools will be in shambles. As a matter of fact, these are happening already.

If we don’t have people with ideals, who desire to work in the public sector to serve the people; we will not have a system that will deliver good governance. Without good governance, nothing will be possible.

Beng Hock was working for you and me. Through his work, a better society can be developed so we can have a better life in our motherland; with a better system at home where our young girls do not have to serve as maids in some far off land; our young men do not need to “jump the plane” and become fugitive/illegal workers; all the talents we have trained do not have to end up serving and building other nation’s economy.

With a better Malaysia right here, our children will be safe and can become what they want to be in a civilized land of fair play, where you and I can build and live in wonderful homes, where we enjoy the warmth of family and the friendship of our neighbors.

Pahlawan Volunteers felt duty-bound to initiate a campaign with the public. This is a call to you to make a better Malaysia for all.

Our dear Malaysians, we better have some good answers to Beng Hock and his family; especially now that a new life will come to the world in six months’ time:

1. Why is the law-enforcement office (MACC) so disrespectful and incapable of protecting a young person who was just called in for questioning to assist the investigation?
2. What makes up the values of the government of the day? Are they capable of fair play and what do they make of the state of governance. The appearance to all is, we have a government that itself is the problem; one that TERRORIZES us with ISA, MACC, the police and the army.

Our dear Malaysians; you and I were ashamed that the nation was silent when a young pretty Mongolian girl was blown to pieces in our own land. We failed to demonstrate to the international community that we could assure foreigners their safety while on our land.

Today, our dear Malaysian, we fail to protect our very own son, we fail to assure him safety in our very own government-owned premises!

Our dear Malaysians, LET’S TELL THE WORLD IN ONE VOICE — WE VOW TO DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT MAKE THE SYTEM SAFE for our young people, for Beng Hock has paid dearly for this with his life.

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