Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DAP MP calls AG’s Chambers biased for omitting inquest video

Source: (By Yow Hong Chieh, 28/8/2010)

Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has accused the Attorney-General’s (AG) Chambers of taking sides in the Teoh Beng Hock inquest after it failed to upload the video clip of the latest proceedings as previously done. He said the department had so far posted video clips of each session on its website the following day but has yet to put up the clip of the August 18 proceedings, in which Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand had an exchange of words with Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lawyer Datuk Abdul Razak Musa.

Dr Pornthip was testifying for the second time at the inquest into Teoh’s death. The DAP political aide was found dead last July 16 on a fifth floor landing at Plaza Masalam, the previous Selangor headquarters of the MACC where he had been questioned overnight. Dr Pornthip had testified that she disagreed with the findings of Dr Peter Vanezis, the British forensic pathologist brought in by the MACC to observe Teoh’s second post mortem last year. Dr Pornthip was also an observer.

“Why are they [trying] to hide something which is public... from the public?” Lim told a press conference here. He said he considered the recordings of the inquest public since the AG’s Chambers had made it a point to upload them “from day one” to show that they were transparent and not biased. “But why not the latest recording? The latest recording is supposed to be the funniest, full of surprises and our government lawyer will be the laughing stock in the whole legal profession and the whole world. So they purposely tried to hide it,” the lawyer said.

During the proceedings, Abdul Razak had questioned Dr Pornthip’s qualifications, which were not recognised in Malaysia, prompting her to inform the court that her university was among the top five in Asia.

“He (Abdul Razak) also doubted whether Pornthip is qualified to help in this Teoh Beng Hock investigation because Pornthip has not jumped off a building before. And he also proposed that Teoh Beng Hock could have strangled himself and he even demonstrated in court,” Lim said.

“All these, the people want to watch it.”

While conceding that the AG’s Chambers were not required to upload videos from the Teoh inquest, Lim dared them to backtrack on their policy of uploading videos from every proceeding thus far. “Say it. I challenge them to say... ‘it’s up to us whether to put which one and where,’” he said, saying that such an admission of selective uploading would backfire on them. He was also sceptical of AG’s Chambers’ explanation that they had technical difficulties in uploading the video and might also have misplaced the recording in question.

Lim then demanded that they put up the recording of the August 18 proceedings within 24 hours, failing which they should remove all inquest videos currently online as omitting one defeated the purpose of putting the rest up in the first place. “If the AG Chambers don’t want to do anything, or even if they put up a tampered one, edited one, I will ask Gobind (Singh Deo) as a lawyer for Teoh Beng Hock’s family and Malik Imtiaz (Sarwar) as a lawyer for the Selangor government, to make a formal application or a formal complaint in the coming inquest,” he said.

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