The coroner in TBH’s case has returned an open verdict, which brings the case back to square one.
According to Malaysiakini’s report, the coroner said there exists sufficient evidence to show that Teoh’s neck injury was pre-fall but “no evidence to confirm that this injury facilitated or contributed to Teoh’s demise”.
I would like to reiterate here that a Royal Commission of Inquiry, which should be given full power to investigate, be set up and look into the circumstances around the time of TBH’s death as well as to find out the cause of death based on such circumstantial as well as postmortem findings.
Even the PM has in July 2009 promised the setting up of a RCI , but at that time, the RCI was not constituted because the case was under investigation in the coroner’s court, in what was said to be the correct procedure to follow.
Now that the coroner has made his verdict, the next correct procedure perhaps is to call a RCI. This is what the PM has promised, and a promise is a promise, and any promise must be realised if the person making the promise wants to remain credible.