KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 – The family of slain political aide Teoh Beng Hock wants the government to ensure his killers are punished and not give donations to ease the pain. Beng Hock’s sister Lee Lan said although they appreciated the gesture by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim in wanting to donate them a sum of money, it was not what they wanted.
“Datuk Seri Shahidan took our memorandum, expressed his sympathy and promised to pass the message to the Prime Minister. “He wanted to donate money, but we refused it. We thank him for the gesture, but we hope the government show’s the same level of sincerity in bringing the criminals to book,” Lee Lan told reporters at Parliament today.
Lee Lan and her mother had turned up there to meet several politicians in their quest for justice. They also met with Deputy MCA president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong, who said the party had always supported efforts to punish Beng Hock’s killers. Lee Lan, however, cast doubts on Ka Siong’s “sincerity”. She questioned why the police had yet to probe the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commision (MACC) officer implicated in Beng Hock’s murder.
“What is more disappointing is, the officer has been promoted despite the Court of Appeal ruling that Beng Hock was murdered. “It’s been more than three months since the ruling, but the police are still dragging their feet. “My mother keeps asking why Beng Hock ended up dead after going to the MACC as a witness and no one is being held responsible for his death.”