BANGI, 24 July 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the formation of a royal commission and an inquest on the death of Teoh Beng Hock, the political aide to a Selangor executive councillor, will be based on existing law.
He said the law concerning the death of an individual was provided for under the Criminal Procedure Code, while the royal commission also had its own act.
He said Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail would issue a statement and detailed explanation on the matter today.
“We have to abide by the law. Don’t exploit the incident,” he told reporters after launching the National Green Technology Policy here today.
He said this when asked to comment on the call by several groups for the formation of the royal commission to study the procedures concerning interrogation applied by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), as well as determine the cause of Teoh’s death.
On Wednesday, Najib announced that a magistrate would lead an inquest next week to determine the cause of Teoh’s death, while a special royal commission would study the procedures for interrogation by the MACC.
Najib said the main objective now was to ascertain the cause of death and the truth.
“We will find the truth, and the truth will be made public. That is the most important thing,” he said.
He said the issue should not be politicised, or for certain parties to gain political advantage, but to tell the public what really happened.
Asked on the intention of Teoh’s family to meet him, Najib said, “I’m prepared to meet them on the basis of the law. In other words, whatever the laws of the nation, we will abide by them.”
Yesterday, Teoh’s family expressed their desire to meet Najib to request that a comprehensive investigation be carried out into Teoh’s death. — Bernama