A royal commission has ruled that Teoh Beng Hock committed suicide as a result of pressure from aggressive and continuous questioning by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers.
The MACC officers had wanted to pressure Teoh to be a witness in their case against a DAP assemblyman for alleged abuse of public funds.
The royal commission of inquiry also found three MACC officers to have breached standard operating procedures.
It recommended that action be taken specifically against the three MACC officers.
Meanwhile, The Malaysian Insider has called for the resignation of Abu Kassim Mohamed, the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
Why wait? The government should sack him and put the entire MACC back on review and full transformation.
Note: TMI has posted an apology for their statement.
The problem does not lie in just 3-4 persons but the entire culture and mindset of the institution. What we have seen is something very familiar throughout other institutions. The head of civil service needs to do his part to inculcate responsibility, professionalism and check-and-balance into the whole civil service.
Abuse of power must be curbed before confidence for the public institutions melted completely.
Teoh Beng Hock's case is a new low for the MACC. Nothing less than a total revamp and a new leadership can help to restore the institution.
Again, Minister Nazri Aziz is passing the buck to the police. No wonder Barisan is losing it's credibility by the day.
The death of TBH is a tragedy for the country. The government owes his family an apology and due compensation. Efforts must be done to ensure his wife and child are taken care of financially.