Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cabinet approves royal commission

The setting up of a Royal Commission to investigate the death of the former political secretary to a Selangor State Executive Councillor Teoh Beng Hock is by far the best way to resolve the root cause of the issue that arises.

The decision not only prevent the issue from being manipulated by certain groups to sensationalize the issue but also assure that the investigation can carry out in a transparent and professional manner.

Ironically, the outcome of investigation by the Commission will carry more weight compared to other investigations especially when fraud is said to be suspected.

It is clear that immediate action by the cabinet to set up a royal commission to look into the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's investigative procedures and to determine if there were any human right violations when Teoh Beng Hock was being interrogated is the only way to totally gives government more credibility.

Prime Minister Najib Abul Razak - who chaired the meeting - also revealed that an inquest will be held to determine Teoh's cause of death.

The cabinet also instructed the Home Ministry and the police to wrap up its investigations into the matter as soon as possible.

The findings of the investigation will be made public whereas Najib said he will personally inform the family about it.

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