I was sad and shocked when I heard the news that Mr Teoh Beng Hock, who was the political secretary to YB Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam yesterday.
Now, I do not want to use this forum to question what had happened preceeding to his death. At this point in time anyone and everyone might have a theory of his own . I have heard of both the suicide and murder theories. One said he committed suicide because he could not take the pressure of how long and how tough the questioning was, another of how he committed suicide out of shame and to restore honour to his family. Or the murder theory where he was murdered to keep information being spilled out to the MACC.
However, all these remain theories and as far as I am concerned, the correct secret will be kept forever in his grave. All these theories are nothing more but coffee shop talk.
I would however like to point out the harsh fact that the MACC office does not have a CCTV monitoring system. And as Mr Teoh’s body was found by a cleaner, I wonder if the building itself has a CCTV system.
I urge the MACC to ask for allocation to install CCTV in all its offices around the country. This would ensure:-
i. The monitoring and recording of the suspect’s / witness’ movement around the MACC office;
ii. The monitoring of any unusual activities or movements within its premises to ensure that it is free from all or any allegations of misjustice;
I would also like the Government to introduce a law that requires all buildings to be fitted with a CCTV monitoring system. I wish to argue that in doing so, many activities, crimes and such can be curbed and prevented.
A CCTV monitoring system would provide answers to many questioned left unanswered.
Ahmad Ikmal Ismail
Naib Ketua UMNO Jerai