What is MACC’s insidious motive in revealing Teoh Beng Hock’s account balance at the inquest? Isn’t it the objective of the inquest to find out the real reason behind Teoh’s death. Why is MACC ‘HELL BENT’ in implicating suicide and nothing else, thus refusing to take responsibility for Teoh’s death?
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has no right to reveal political aide Teoh Beng Hock’s account balance at the inquest yesterday, stressed his former boss Ean Yong Hian Wah.
Furious on the latest move, Ean Yong (right), who is also a state exco, said that the commission tried to humiliate Teoh’s family and question his integrity by implicating that his account balance could lead to his death.
Yesterday, MACC’s lawyer Abdul Razak Musa made public Teoh’s two account statements dated July 13 with a balance of RM2,569.30 and RM1,042.06 respectively.
Ean Yong, who is Sri Kembangan assemblyperson, asserted that no matter how much the balance was, Teoh could not have committed suicide by jumping out of Selangor MACC building at 14th Floor of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam on July 16.
According to him, there is no reason for Teoh to commit suicide on that day knowing that he would register his marriage with his two-month pregnant fiancee on the same day.
“What is the intention and logic behind this? For me, it goes to show that MACC refuses to be responsible for Teoh’s death and that is the reason why they are coming up with million of excuses to confuse the public,” he said.
Ean Yong further put the MACC on the spot, asking whether this method of revealing one’s bank statement could determine whether that person is involved in corruption.
“Would that also conclude that person would lose his integrity if he is poor? This is a dangerous and serious assumption,” he said, adding that MACC chief Ahmad Said Hamdan owes an explanation to the public.
Teoh, 30, was found dead on July 16 on the fifth floor corridor of the Plaza Masalam Building, Shah Alam, about 10 hours after giving a statement to the MACC in an investigation into the alleged misappropriation of funds by a state executive councillor.
‘Poor commit suicide, not rich’
Although Teoh’s family’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo had objected to the bank statement being revealed yesterday, Abdul Razak rebutted, saying that it was relevant to explain Teoh’s monthly income.
Abdul Razak also argued that it could support his theory that Teoh was in need of money to bring forward his marriage plans with fiancee, Soh Cher Wei as she was pregnant.
Earlier, Gobind (left) had argued that the bank statement is something “confidential” and should never be revealed to public except to the police and MACC for investigation purposes.
“How could this bank statement be relevant in this case? It is as if he wanted to show that poor people commit suicide while the rich people don’t,” he had said yesterday.
The issue of whether Teoh was facing financial problems is not new, as it was raised when Teoh’s elder brother Beng Kee testified, saying that his younger brother did not have any financial problems although he was only earning a salary of RM1,800 per month.
He however disagreed that Teoh had faced financial difficulties to prepare for the sudden marriage as his brother had sufficient savings.