Updated 6.30pm, 21 July 2009
PETALING JAYA, 21 June 2009: Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today that police would call on 40 people to assist in the investigations into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, 30, at Plaza Masalam on 16 July.
Teoh, who was the aide to Ean Yong Hian Wah, the Selangor state executive councillor for New Village Development and Illegal Factory Taskforce, was found dead last Thursday on the roof of the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam after being questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Hishammuddin said as of yesterday, police had taken statements from 33 individuals, including 25 MACC officers.
“Before this, the investigation was directed towards the building, the interrogation room, and the location where the body was found. Now we will expand the investigation to their statements, including from two state executive councillors,” he said.
Hishammuddin also gave assurance that the case would be investigated professionally and transparently down to the smallest detail, and reminded all quarters not to twist the facts of the case.
He said he would report developments in the investigation to the cabinet tomorrow.
“We’ll see what the cabinet says. I personally see that what’s being done by the police is very detailed. I want the case to be resolved speedily and carefully,” he said.
Hishammuddin said if after the investigation there were “questions that needed to be answered”, then alternatives channels would be used to assure the people and to ensure justice and truth.
Meanwhile, Kajang Municipal Councillor Tan Boon Wah arrived at the Selangor police headquarters last night to give his statement to police to assist investigations into Teoh’s death.
Tan arrived at 9pm with his wife and lawyer.
Yesterday, Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had advised Tan to present himself at the police station since he had made a police report against the MACC last Saturday.
Tan had earlier refused to give his statement to the police.
Khalid had said if Tan failed to give a statement on the report he had made, a notice would have to be issued under Section 11 of the Penal Code to order him to give a statement at the station, or face the prospect of being charged for making a false report. — Bernama