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Family files for Teoh’s body to be exhumed

SHAH ALAM, 27 Oct 2009: The family of Teoh Beng Hock today filed an application in the Magistrate’s Court here seeking an order for the political aide’s remains to be exhumed so that a second post-mortem can be conducted.

The application, which was accompanied with a sworn affidavit the deceased’s elder brother, Teoh Meng Kee, was filed through the family’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo at 3:45pm.

In the affidavit, Meng Kee, 33, stated that the testimony by Thai forensic expert Dr Porntip Rojanasunand last week in the inquest into Teoh’s death needed to examined by conducting a second post-mortem. 

Dr Pontip had said that the deceased might have been tortured and strangled, and that injuries in the anal region of the deceased were inconsistent with injuries from falling from a high place.

This differed from the testimony provided by pathalogists Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim and Dr Prashant Naresh Samberkar, who conducted the post-mortem on Teoh’s body, that his death was due to falling from a high place.

“These two witnesses testified that there was a strong possibility that the deceased had committed suicide. However, Dr Khairul did state that there was a possibility that the deceased had been injured before falling,” said Meng Kee.

He said Dr Porntip had surmised that Teoh had probably been murdered, and she should be given the opportunity to conduct the second post-mortem in order to arrive at the truth.

Dr Pornthip, who is the director-general of the Thai Ministry of Justice’s Central Institute of Forensic Science, had told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that she was willing to conduct a second post-mortem on Teoh’s remains.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had been summoned to the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here for questioning on 15 July. He was found dead on the building’s fifth floor the following day.

His remains were laid to rest four days later at the Nirwana Memorial Park, Semenyih, Selangor.

Outside the court, Gobind Singh told the media that he hoped permission for the exhumation would be given as soon as possible and if allowed, the post-mortem would be done by Dr Porntip early next month. — Bernama

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One Response to “Family files for Teoh’s body to be exhumed”

  1. Gopal Raj Kumar says:

    Death is a great equaliser and the final arbiter of everything mortal and material. It is now left to those mere mortals in us to discover the why’s and how’s of Teoh’s death. And under the circumstances, so we should.

    But what’s emerging here is a disturbing manifestation of a pattern oft repeated in our daily lives that reflects the inner souls of those who are behind this drive for “justice for Teoh”. And I am not referring to his family.

    More gruesome than Teoh’s ending was that which befell a man named Kugan. The unspoken contempt that the majority of Malaysians (especially those who pay lip service to justice, equality, fairness, human rights and all other platitudes and mantras of the politically correct) show towards the Kugans of this world, his community and his case is evident by their silence towards his cause.

    Malaysia will continue to remain the racist moral sewer it is as a divided society not because of Umno and the Barisan or the so-called corruption within but in spite of it.

    One does not need the Barisan or imaginary Umno devils to find the racist in the “ordinary” (yes, very ordinary at that) Malaysian. One merely has to view the pages of something as contemporary and “enlightened” as The Nut Graph to find that mentality.

    May Teoh’ s soul find the peace he deserves but never found in his earthly existence. And may all the miseries of the world befall those who forget the evil perpetrated on Kugan. May they be visited by it to remind them that he too may have screamed, bled and felt pain inflicted on him.

    He too had a right to life, to his rights and to be treated humanely……even if he were a poor South Indian, dark in skin and objectionable to many of you because of it.

    In running ad naseum the Teoh Beng Hock matter from every possible angle so often, you insult the memory of Kugan and his cause.

    So for as long as justice is a race-based concept in your minds (as has been long suspected amongst your category of liberals) you will never find it. More important you will never be deserving of it nor could you appreciate it because you have no idea of the concept.


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