Meanwhile, DAP MP Lim Lip Eng, who has been assisting Teoh's family since the tragedy, said he believes Pornthip is telling the truth.
“The government is doing this because they are afraid it might effect the Hulu Selangor by-election results,” said the lawyer in a statement. “If they wanted to pressure her, they could have done so much earlier when she first testified. Doing it now shows (there is a) connection to the Hulu Selangor by-election,” he claimed. “I condemn the hidden hand which is putting political pressure to ban Pornthip from testifying, forcing her to choose between ... the Teoh Beng Hock inquest and her forensic investigations into the deaths in Southern Thailand,” said Lim.
In another reaction, lawyer Lim Lip Eng, also acting for the Teoh family, said that the pressure placed on Pornthip via government channels could be due to the coming Hulu Selangor by-election which the Barisan Nasional wants to win from PKR.
"The inquest will be on the 20th and the by-election will be on April 25. There is pressure on the government side as Pornthip would disclose the findings that could give a great impact on them and the MACC," he told FMT.
Lim also expressed his concerns that the Thai pathologist was not allowed into Kelantan to investigate a case related to the massacre in southern Thailand as part of her forensic work. "I want the government to explain to the people why she is not allowed into Kelantan? She is a renowned doctor, why can't she come to Malaysia? We need as much help from her," said Lim.