The death of Sri Kembangsan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah's political secretary, Teoh Beng Hock, is shocking. Teoh was taken in for questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday, was found dead at the MACC headquarters today.
This is not an isolated incident. Deaths had been reported from a number of sources e.g. police custody, National Service camps and others.
Lately, the actions and decisions of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the police and the judiciary are controversial and inconsistent.
Recently, the MACC had raided the offices of seven PR assemblymen in Selangor. But a similar action was not taken against the ex-chief minister Mohd. Khir Toyo. Khir who made headlines with his newly renovated mansion in a posh area in Selangor. Even Tun Mahathir was sceptical that the mansion was reportedly worth only RM3.5 million. MACC has not raided or initiated any investigation against anyone linked to the PKFZ fiasco.
Selective police raids conducted against the dinner functions of opposition DAP were equally baffling. Thousands of police officers were deployed to control and contain the opposition leaders and their activities during by-elections but the same efforts were not seen on the streets to combat crime.
These are the reasons why I support a resolution NOT to RENEW the tenure of IGP Musa Hassan. Based on the rising crime indexes alone, the incumbent IGP should be allowed to retire from the force in September.
If the new administration hopes to regain the people's confidence and trust in its governance, it must display a real political will to help ensure that these public institutions are free from its influence and control.
Giving out 'goodies' alone e.g. 20 percent discount for frequent toll users, individual taxi permits, low cost houses etc. will not help to convince the people that the current BN regime understands the importance of democracy, the rule of law and fair and transparent governance.
It is a shame that a life is lost today. Those involved must be made accountable to the human lives lost in this country.
I had said this elsewhere and I am going to say this again here; Malaysians must be at the forefront of change. For the good of this country, we must initiate and enable a change of power and to send an unmistakable notice to the politicians of both coalitions to shape up or ship out.