The RCI has made the conclusion that TBH committed suicide as a result of aggressive and prolonged questioning by MACC officers.
No one except the person/persons responsible for his death would know what had actually transpired before and at the time of his death.
However, logic would tell us that a person who was just a witness and who was supposed to get married the next day, and who was going to be a father soon, would not take his own life easily.
He was either pushed out of the window or he jumped himself.. The former would make his death a murder, and the latter would be suicide.
RCI ruled that he committed suicide under duress from MACC officers. If this is the case, then a few questions came to my mind.
1. Did not the MACC know that he was just a witness?
2. If so, why was the tactic of aggressive and prolonged questioning used on TBH?
3. From 1 and 2, we can deduce that the MACC officers involved had certain ‘intention’ to make TBH turn against his boss. The intention could be due to either of the following:
a. the officers genuinely believed that TBH’s boss was guilty of corruption; or
b. they know that THB’s Boss is not guilty but they still want to make a case out of it to please ‘someone’.
4. deducing from RCI’s conclusion, this ‘intention’ to break TBH might have made Teoh to feel so miserable (under such inhuman duress, anything could be possible) that he jumped and killed himself to escape from duress. … That is what the RCI is saying.
Perhaps, the officers involved knew that under such duress, a witness could commit suicide. If they knew this and still went ahead with the ‘aggressive and prolonged’ questioning, then this becomes a clear case of homicide, even if TBH had jumped himself . This is not unlike a situation where a robber with a knife is forcing a victim to jump from a cliff. Yes, the victim jumps himself, but he has no other choice when faced with someone pointing a knife at him.. In TBH’s case, the duress he was placed under is equivalent to a knife.
The intention to break him knowing full well that such methods would cause death would be homicide.
I am not a lawyer but i am only using common sense and talking from the moral angle using RCI’s conclusion..
The officers responsible must be charged for this is a heinous crime. A heinous crime that arises from the abuse of power in an agency that is supposed to be the protector of the system..
Even the highers-up such as the director and so on must take responsibility and resign, as a show of accountability.
Otherwise, who will ever feel safe to become a witness, if to be a witness means hours of inhuman treatment? Who would want to be in a situation where a ‘knife’ is figuratively pointing at you?
If this can happen to witnesses, I really pity those who are accused of crimes…
Malaysia must stop all these madness,abuses and rots in the system…
(The argument here is based solely on the conclusions made by the RCI, and this does not mean that the author agrees with the findings of the RCI..)