KUALA LUMPUR, 20 July 2009: The MCA wants the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to ensure that the investigation into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock would be done transparently and professionally, and would not be doubted by the people.
MCA secretary-general Datuk Wong Foon Meng said the party would forward the request to the government and the country’s apex leadership soon.
Speaking at a news conference at his office in Parliament House here today, Wong, who is also Senate president, said it would be good if the case was investigated by a commission accepted by all.
Teoh, 30, was found dead on the roof of the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, which also houses the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office on the 14th floor, at 1.30pm on 16 July.
The political aide of Ean Yong Hian Wah (DAP-SeriKembangan), Teoh was a witness in MACC investigations relating to the alleged misappropriation of state allocations.
Wong said people should not politicise the issue. “Our stand is very clear on that. We will put this party view to the government, and the MCA will follow-up very closely,” he added.
Yesterday, Wong, representing party president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Kiat, visited Teoh’s family.
Meanwhile, MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu said today the party would support the call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe into Teoh’s death.
He said the MIC’s representative in the cabinet, Datuk Dr S Subramaniam, who is the human resources minister, would be asked to back the MCA’s proposal at the next cabinet meeting. Subramaniam has said he would carry out his party president’s instruction.
“We will support the proposal because we want justice to prevail,” Samy Vellu said in a statement here.
“It was an unfortunate incident, and we hope through the formation of the commission, the truth will prevail,” he said, adding that people should stop pointing fingers at anyone until investigations by the police have been concluded.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said recently the cabinet would discuss the setting up of the commission at its next meeting while the police continues with their probe. — Bernama