Commission of inquiry: Soaking up public disquiet?

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So we are going to have a royal commission of inquiry to look into the MACC’s investigative procedures and an inquest into Beng Hock’s death.

The government can no longer ignore public outrage over what has happened. Politically, Beng Hock’s death has shattered whatever “feel good” effect brought about by the Najib adminstration’s recent public relations initiatives.

By setting up a commission of inquiry and inquest, the Najib administration, apart from its stated objective of uncovering the truth, hopes to quell the anger over what has happened.

While many would welcome the setting up a commission of inquiry, we need to ask what impact previous commissions of inquiry have had.

What is the status of the key recomendations of those inquiries… into the operations of the police, the nude squats video, the Lingam video…

Is anyone even monitoring the status of the implementation of those recommendations?

We still don’t have an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, the most important recommendation of the royal commission looking into the operations and management of the police.

Has our judiciary regained its independence and enhanced its credibility following the Lingamgate commission of inquiry?

Are the human rights of suspects and detainees now respected and upheld after the nude squats commmission of inquiry?

A high-level commission of inquiry is often a useful instrument for political leaders: it is like a sponge that can soak up public disquiet until the public forgets and moves on to the next hot potato. Whether anything positive and far-reaching will come out of the coming inquiry remains to be seen.

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tom wong pl

THE ONLY TRUTH CAN BE FOUND ONLY STRAIGHT FROM TEOH BENG HOCK HIMSELF BUT HE ALREADY GONE. MAY I SUGGEST [TO HIS FAMILY MEMBERS] TO CONSULT NEW LIFE POST OR MUNSANG POH PRESS REPORTERS TO ENGAGE A VERY EXPERIENCE CLAIRVOYANCE TO COMMUNICATE WITH BENG HOCK SPIRIT TO LISTEN FROM HIS SIDE OF STATEMENT. OF COARSE THIS STATEMENT CAN’T BE USE FOR ANY RULE OF COURT BUT AT LEAST WE WILL BE ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT REALLY TRANSPIRED AT THE 14TH FLOOR WISMA MASALAM .FORGIVE ME IF I HAVE OFFEND ANYONE ESPECIALLY BENG HOCK LOVED ONES BUT I REALLY CANT THINK… Read more »

anna brella

Sorry to digress and be picky about one’s own errors, but I should have written “a or the RCI” instead of “an RCI” in my posting above.

“Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.

NEDA

All of you don’t be to naive. What RCI?…

DannyBoy

Again, this 2 separate inquest and RCI clearly demonstrates that UMNO/BN government is really scared of revealing more truths about Teoh Beng Hock’s death like opening a closet full of worms.

Why so scared to have an independent RCI on TBH’s death??? Are people up there so scared to reveal another Lingam correct correct correct or kena korek korek korek??? A RCI is a bit more independent …

DannyBoy

I and most Malaysians don’t understand this stupid Cabinet or PM. Why a simple inquest on Teoh Beng Hock’s death and a BIG Royal Commission of Inquiry on MACC interrogation methods. To the public and masses like me, I place Teoh Beng Hock’s untimely death as of paramount importance and priority! The MACC’s methods and bulls*** are secondary and can be handled together in a RCI. A Royal Commission of Inquiry should be held on Teoh Beng Hock’s death and MACC methods included. Why separate??? Again, it is just the same old big bull s*** and nonsense by UMNO, BN… Read more »

NutzeyWagen

Only a RCI to look into MACC’s investigative procedures & a lowly magistrate to head an inquest??? Why set up two commissions to investigate one event? This is short-changing & conning the people at the same time!

What should have been is a single no-holds-barred RCI to investigate into how & why TBH died!

But then, that would be digging their own graves, wouldn’t it? What more can the people expect from a Govt that short-changes most of the people all the time? So this is the best that they would come up with, come rain or shine! CIAO!

wira

I hope we can have a RCI in 2013 to count the sins of BN.

Ong Eu Soon

The death of Teh Beng Hock has transformed PKR into a truely multi-racial party judging from the composition of Malaysians attending its talks. If Umno failed to reform and Najib failed to reform the Police, the MACC, and the Judiciary, the hope for a 2 party system to emerge in Malaysia politic might die prematuturely. As BN will suffered total defeat in facing the multi-racial Pakatan Rakyat. This is a worrying trend, as Pakatan will end up as the sole winner with BN totally paralysed. Najib should emulate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in his effort of reforming the politic of Indonesia.… Read more »

Leong Yook Kong

We want a full Royal Commission of Inquiry into the causes of and culprits for TBH’s death. Other than that, don’t waste time and the taxpayers’ money. Najib, your “PEOPLE FIRST” is meaningless and noises only.

We also want a crystal clear and explicit answer to “Who initiated and instructed to start a campaign of intimidation and harassment against Pakatan which set off a chain of events that ultimately led to TBH’s death”?

veryupset

Clap…! Clap…! Clap……….!!!!!
Setting up Royal Commission..! Well done…!!!!

Afetr 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 ……????

“No foul play? Sudden death…??”

Ok.
Next….!!!!

(Any other predictions….!!!!!!)

anna brella

Shouldn’t the RCI’s main terms of reference be: •to investigate unexplained deaths whilst in the custody of state agencies; •to unearth the reasons for such deaths; •to put forward recommendations for actions and changes in procedures to safeguard those in taken into custody and to prevent such deaths in custody. Those terms of reference would then cover Teoh Beng Hock’s death as well as A Kugan’s, the other 1,535 or so reported cases of unexplained deaths in custody from 2003-2007, and also all the others that must have happened before 2003 and after 2007 that the public are not aware… Read more »

Sagaladoola

Royal Commissions of Inquiry should inquire the Right Thing : Death of Beng Hock !

http://sagaladoola.blogspot.com/2009/07/royal-commissions-of-inquiry-should.html

Read the mainstream papers tomorrow and more or less you can probably guess what they are trying to do. It is not that hard ..

aca

why do you need a separate inquest by a magistrate? CORRECT CORRECT CORRECT again?

Ong A A

The Umno and BN really wants to believe we are all morons – that we have short memories and never recalled all the past misdeeds that later proved to have no outcomes or conveniently swept under the carpets after each RC, or whatever commissions set up to investigate… PKFZ, Toyol mansion, KJ’s ECM libra shares, the illegal land deals in Penang under KSK, the roof collapse in Trengganu, Altantuya, Lingamtape etc etc etc. Gggrrrrrr Speaking of KPI for 1Malaysia, start with these.

John Rambo

publics wants royal commision to be formed to find out the truth. Now one is formed infact two (inquest). what … u all guys want!

Han2

… We have been shortchanged. The RCI will only investigate MACC procedures and the Inquest into cause of death.

MCA, MIC and Gerakan ministers in the cabinet are all part of this…

MP Nabhan

Im really worried what is going on in Malaysia. One side is asking for reformation and the other side is calling virtually for 1 Malaysia. But still peoplesd wants to see the change truelly not mere lip talk with other hidden self interest motive. Are the public at large taking the death of one seriously or merely pro to their own self interest and creating a racialism or political issue to distract from the TRUTH. Let me ask you honestly, if we are born for one parent immaterial of caste, race or religion, are you sure of what is happening… Read more »

ibrahim

to thecabinet: Let me see some action on Kugan before I give you … the benefit of the doubt

HP

It will be another let down all together.. my pity for you Malaysians!

Ben

Mark my words-nothing will come out of Beng Hocks Royal Comission-has ever anyone else been convicted based on previous investigations?? No……..

wy lee

Not to take away the sadness over Teoh Beng Hock’s death, its even sadder to think that it requires the death of an innocent young (man) in Malaysia to make the government bow to a demand for a royal commission of inquiry. What about the death of Kugan? Does the government give no value to the life of a poor young (man) who was merely a crime suspect in police custody? Are these 2 cases only different because one was a witness and the other was a suspect? If it is, then the word ‘innocent until proven guilty’ truly does… Read more »

Sivin Kit

You speak our minds Anil. And very often, you articulate what many of us intuitively feel.

The CCM Youth statement also reflected similar sentiments.

http://sivinkit.net/2009/07/21/statement-of-ccm-youth-death-by-detention/

http://www.thenutgraph.com/article-4490.html#comments

zik

that is why rakyat must not be fool by BN..a little bit cosmetic there and here..one nice slogan and wushh najib rating up to 65%..wow..suddenly people seems to forget Perak Crisis, suddenly people forgot the oil hike,, suddenly people forget that toll rates will be up again by end of this year..suddenly people forget the discrimination by federal agency towards PAKATAN states…and unfortunately Teoh had to die to make people remember again all this misdeed..what feel good feeling that you want to feel under BN regime?Pls la..until full reform is put forward..until new Federal Goverment is in place..nobodoy should feel… Read more »

Loh Yeow Boo

Agree. This is all bulls*** to quell public anger. There were so many RCI, but no action taken after that. Nobody was punished and the same s*** happens all over again…