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A very suspicious and untimely death of Teoh Beng Hock.
Pic courtesy Malaysiakini
(MySinchew) - Teoh Beng Hock, political secretary to Selangor executive council member Ean Yong Hian Wah, died under mysterious circumstances after plunging Thursday from a building where the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is located.
Teoh was taken in for questioning by the MACC Wednesday evening in relation to a probe on several Pakatan assemblypersons. DAP has issued a statement only saying that DAP Socialist Youth (DAPSY) leaders, to be led by its national chairman Rasah MP Loke Siew Fook, will hold a press conference Friday at its head office in Petaling Jaya on the death.
The 30-year old Teoh was a former Sin Chew Daily journalist before leaving to take up his appointment after the 2008 general elections. The Sin Chew newsroom received the news with shock, especially those who had worked with him previously.
His body was discovered by a cleaner around 1:30pm on Thursday on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam which houses the Selangor head office of MACC on the 14th floor.
It is believed MACC released Teoh around 4am on Thursday after having been held overnight.
Selangor Chief Police Officer Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, is reported as saying that police would be interviewing the man who was last seen with Teoh.
He assured there would be no cover up and there would be a thorough investigation into Teoh’s death.
"We have requested for private and government pathologists to be present and assist us in our investigations," he said.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said he and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders would be meeting the MACC at 10am on Friday. Several Selangor executive council members were at the scene Thursday afternoon. Other DAP leaders at the MACC headquarters are Ronnie Liu, Teng Chang Khim and Tony Pua.
On Wednesday, MACC officers seized a desktop computer belonging to the government as well as Teoh’s personal notebook when they raided Ean Yong’s office at the state secretariat building.
MACC investigation division director Shukri Abdull (right) told reporters that Teo was released at 3.45am but the deceased did not go home and was seen still loitering in the building.
"Nobody saw him after that until his body was found at around 1.30pm," he said.
Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson M Manoharan, who accompanied Teoh to the MACC office yesterday was the last to see Teoh at around 7.00 p.m.
The MACC also raided the office of Kampung Tunku state assemblyperson Lau Weng San yesterday.
Apart from Ean and Lau, six other Pakatan elected representatives are also under investigation -, Teresa Kok (Kinrara), Hannah Yeoh (Subang), Elizabeth Wong (Bukit Lanjan), Dr Cheah Wing Yin (Damansara Utama) and Edward Lee (Bukit Gasing).
The commission had earlier questioned several people, including the personal aides of five assemblypersons - Ean, Lau, Kok, Wong and Yeoh.