SHAH ALAM, 20 July 2009: The investigation into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, 30, is 60% completed, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
“We are still investigating the case and, God willing, will complete investigations as soon as possible, and then make an announcement,” he told reporters after a briefing on the investigation by senior officers at the Selangor police contingent here today.
Teoh, who was the aide to Ean Yong Hian Wah, the Selangor state executive councillor for the New Village Development and Illegal Factory Taskforce, was found dead on 16 July on the roof of the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam after being questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
He was among winesses called to help into MACC investigations related to the misappropriation of state allocations by several assemblypersons.
Meanwhile, Selangor chief police officer Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police had recorded 33 statements, including from 25 MACC officers.
He said police would call Yong and Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson M Manoharan to record their statements. Teoh was found to have contacted Yong and Manoharan before he was questioned.
Police would also record conversations with Teoh’s family at an appropriate time, Khalid said.
He added that police also want to record conversations with Kajang municipal council member Tan Boon Wah, who had made a police report against the MACC on 18 July but had refused to give a statement.
“I advise Tan to present himself to the police station to give a statement on the report he made. If not, we will have to issue a notice under Section 11 of the Penal Code to order him to give a statement at the station,” Khalid said.
He said if Tan continued to refuse to give a statement on the police report, police would take further action on him for making a false report.
Khalid further said police would call two other people who had been questioned by the MACC on the same day, who had been with Tan and Teoh.
On items retrieved from the Selangor MACC office, Khalid said his people had revisited the scene yesterday and gathered what had been left behind on 16 July. These items included documents and a window latch from the 14th floor for investigation into Teoh’s death, which is still classified as sudden death.
Asked about the approximate time of Teoh’s death, Khalid said, “If we follow the initial report of the doctor, about four to five hours before the body was found.”
He said closed-circuit camera recording showed Teoh entered the building on the evening of 15 July. There was no recording of him leaving.
Answering a question on the possibility that Teoh fell from the 14th floor, Khalid replied, “Highly possible.”
He said Teoh’s handphone was with the police since last Thursday and that it was obtained from a MACC investigation officer and did not dismiss the possibility that the phone could unravel what happened.
Asked if Teoh’s death may be linked to secret society activites, he said police were investigating from various angles. — Bernama