MACC – How Low Can You Go?

In a sickening turn of events, MACC counsel, Abdul Razak now brings up the issue of Teoh lodging with a friend and then claims that “The whole country wants to know this”. Hey Abdul Razak, what the fu*k!! The whole country doesn’t want to know the personal affairs of Teoh. Wherever he wishes to stay or whoever he wishes to stay with is solely his business. Its only sick, twisted and perverted people who wants to know.

Obviously, besides revealing his bank balance, this is another one of  the low-down, deceitful tactic to discredit Teoh’s character and again to implicate suicide, in order to dodge responsibility for his death.

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SHAH ALAM: Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) counsel Datuk Abdul Razak Musa caused a stir at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest yesterday when he questioned why the deceased was lodging with a woman friend and her family instead of living with his brother Meng Kee.

“His brother lives in Shah Alam and he (Teoh) works in Shah Alam. So, why did he stay with another woman instead of with his brother? The whole country wants to know this,” said Abdul Razak.

Abdul Razak said his contention was in line with Teoh’s state of mind and claimed that this had relevance on whether Teoh could have been engaged to one woman but living with another.

Teoh had been lodging with Esther Lew Swee Yoong and her family in Puchong from the time he was a university student several years ago.

(Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was engaged to be married to teacher Soh Cher Wei at the time of his death.)

Teoh, 30, who had been summoned to the MACC office at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam to be questioned over the irregular disbursement of state funds on July 15, was found dead on the fifth floor service corridor of the building the following day.

Counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, lambasted Razak for insinuating that both Teoh and Lew had something going on between them.

“Only Razak wants to know. It’s a modern world and people can share houses,” said Gobind, accusing Abdul Razak of “having crossed the line”.

The drama had unfolded when coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas said he would not be calling Lew as a witness to ascertain Teoh’s state of mind.

He said this would have no relevance as a report written by forensic psychiatrists based on interviews with the deceased’s family and friends would be tendered in to the inquest.

Gobind added Abdul Razak’s suggestion was uncalled for and came with adverse ramifications.

“The damage has been done with insinuations being made that there was a relationship. It is unfair. Teoh Beng Hock is not with us any longer but Esther is,’’ said Gobind.

Meanwhile, MACC officer Arman Alies was asked by Gobind why he had made Teoh spend two grueling hours going through four thick files instead of directly asking him about the four invoices downloaded from his laptop.

“I have to confirm first if the documents (the invoices) were there (in the files)?” said Arman.

“When you saw the four documents you started to break him down for the two hours. You broke him down psychologically and pressured him continuously for answers,” alleged Gobind.

Arman replied he had not asked Teoh anything while the latter was poring over the documents.

When questioned by Abdul Razak, Arman said:

“I didn’t use any force or pressure when checking the documents and everything was voluntary from Teoh Beng Hock.”

He added Teoh had shuffled the documents for about five minutes, and did not lean back on his seat or make eye contact when he was going thorough the invoices printed off his laptop.

The inquest has been adjourned to Oct 21 and 22.

Two government forensic psychiatrists as well as renowned Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand were expected to testify then.

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