KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will not reopen the case to investigate the death of Teoh Beng Hock or run internal investigation.
The Chief Commissioner of MACC, Latheefa Koya said, the commission cannot conduct the investigation themselves as it would not be fair to do so.
According to her, the MACC needs to fully surrender the investigation to the police.
“It is the same as the set-up of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCMC), in principle, the police cannot be involved in investigating one of their own,” she told Sinchew Daily in an interview.
Latheefa also emphasized that the MACC will give full cooperation to the agencies involved in Beng Hock’s investigation.
Latheefa herself will also be meeting with the representatives from the Teoh Beng Hock foundation, to listen to their opinion.
Beng Hock was found dead on 16 July 2009 at the fifth floor of the Masalam Plaza building in Shah Alam after giving his statements to the MACC office at the 14th floor.
The late Beng Hock was the Political Secretary to the Chairman of Local Government, Illegal Factory Whitening and New Village Development Council of Selangor, Ean Yong Hian Wah, who was also the then Seri Kembangan State Assemblyman.
Teoh was questioned by Selangor MACC as a witness in its investigation into claims of misappropriated allocations involving his boss and had apparently fallen to his death after the probe.
In another development, Latheefa said that the MACC will issue the second list of claims on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) after the commission has solved the existing 41 cases involving funds amounting to RM270 million.
She said, the MACC has recovered RM942.6 million, including funds that were voluntarily returned to the government before the MACC began its claims operation.
“The funds are all from Malaysia and not from overseas,” she said.
According to her, the 1MDB funds used to perform Hajj, aids to charity organisations or for education purposes need not to be returned.
She said, the Ministry of Finance may have their own list, but it has nothing to do with the MACC. -MalaysiaGazette