The scene at the vigil outside the MACC office in Selangor last night – Photo by MS
A DAP protest outside the Penang office of the MACC this morning – Photo by PD
Protests and vigils have been held outside the Selangor and Penang offices of the MACC since the death of Teoh Beng Hock last night.
Last night, some 200 people turned up outside the Selangor office of the MACC for a vigil. This morning, about a hundred demonstrators showed up. Seven of the demonstrators were reportedly arrested including Kapar MP S Manikavasagam and Selangor state exco member Dr Xavier Jayakumar.
Over in Penang, some 30 DAP leaders and supporters clad in black, surrounded by a throng of journalists, gathered outside the MACC office for about 20 minutes after 11.00am.
The protesters expressed dissatifisfaction with the MACC and spoke out against what they felt was selective action against opposition reps, according to a contact at the scene.
A bouquet was placed at the entrance in memory of Teoh.
It is clear that many Malaysians are upset with this tragic turn of events.
Whatever PR initiatives and measures Najib has taken to try and boost the popularity of his administration appears to be unravelling in the light of what has happened.
The MACC appears to have been focusing on Selangor after its recent investigations in Perak yielded “success”. For all its claims of independence, in the eyes of many Malaysians – and perception is important – the commission appears to be selective in its investigations along partisan lines. That’s the message I keep hearing.
An independent inquiry must be held to get to the bottom of this tragic incident.