Wednesday, December 16, 2009

‘Housewarming’ Round 2 for Teoh

By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 — The family of Teoh Beng Hock will hold a special ceremony tomorrow at 9am to restore his tombstone over his grave.

The dead political aide, who is interred at the Nirvana Memorial Garden in Semenyih, was exhumed for a second autopsy and reburied a month ago.

Teoh's younger sister Lee Lan told The Malaysian Insider today that the ceremony was delayed to tomorrow on the advice of a fengshui expert.

“I don't know. You better ask the master,” 29-year-old Lee Lan said hesitantly when quizzed on the reason behind the delay.

The traditional ceremony is known in Chinese as “yuan fen” and is similar to the English custom to “warm” a new house, but for the dead.


Five types of beans were strewn over his grave and a yam plant planted to signify future prosperity for his offspring when the family held the ceremony to commemorate the 100th day of his passing on Nov 10.

Teoh, 30, was to have married his pregnant sweetheart on July 16, but was found dead the same day, outside the national anti-corruption commission's Selangor office in Shah Alam.

Foul play was suspected.

Famed Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, who was consulted by Teoh's employer, the Selamgor state government, opined that his death was likely the result of homicide.

An inquest commenced the same month. It will resume tomorrow at the coroner's court in Shah Alam.

The second autopsy report by Hospital Sungai Buloh's chief pathologist Dr Shahidan Md Noor is expected to be produced.

“We will go after the ceremony,” Lee Lan said, when asked if the family would attend the inquest.

But checks with lawyers acting for the family and the state failed to turn up anything.

“Not yet received any reports,” Sreekant Pillai, one of the lawyers for the state said in a text message to The Malaysian Insider.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

“明福事件小事一桩”‧阿末赛益:不致於令我提早退休

(吉隆坡)反贪委员会主席拿督斯里阿末赛益否认赵明福离奇坠楼身亡事件是促使他提早退休的因素。

“赵明福事件並非甚么大事,只是小事一桩,我们之前处理过更大宗的案件。”

赵明福是於今年7月15日下午5时被反贪委会从雪州政府大厦带走,针对雪州民联州议员拨款事件被扣留问话。隔日清洁工人於下午1时30分发现赵明福臥尸於衔接雪州反贪委会总部大厦5楼的露台上。当时,反贪委会声称,赵明福已在凌晨3时45分结束录取口供,但却要求在办公室內小睡,警方在下午5时证实坠楼者为赵明福。

阿末赛益受访时,否认他是受到威胁下而提早退休。

“我不怕威胁。过去我遭到种种威胁,但这一切並没有阻挡我们执行任务。”




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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

赵明福今日重葬

(雪兰莪‧加影)在完成第二次的解剖工作后,赵明福的遗体於今日(週二,11月24日)进行重葬,虽然出席仪式的人数不比第一次下葬时来得多,但场面依旧严肃庄重。

灵车早上9时50分抵达位於士毛月的富贵山庄墓园后,重葬仪式就开始进行,至上午11时30分完成。

仪式进行时天气阴凉,还不时吹起微风,虽然一度下起毛毛细雨,但雨势很快停止。

儘管事件发生至今已超过四个月,明福的家属包括大姐赵丽君及妹妹赵丽兰在重葬仪式进行时,仍是难掩心中的悲痛,纷纷哭红双眼。

週二是佛教的涅盘日,赵明福亲属以简单的佛教仪式为他进行重葬,除了重葬仪式,立碑仪式也於週二同时进行,以调整出最佳的风水方位。

由於佛教相信在涅盘日这一天吃素,等於做一年的功德,赵家因此以素品及明福生前爱吃的零食祭拜他,家属也在明福的墓前插上白玫瑰。

明福的大姐及妹妹於週二早上8时30分抵达墓园,父母及哥哥赵铭基则是先前往医院,过后再前去墓园与其他家属会合;明福的二姐赵丽婷因为前往新加坡出差,故未克出席仪式。

在抵达墓园后,明福的父母只是在山下的大伯公庙逗留,没有上到明福的墓地,明福有孕在身的妻子苏淑慧则是没有出席今日的下葬仪式,由她的母亲及姑姑代表出席。

风水师表示,他们不建议苏淑慧出席重葬仪式,除了考虑到民俗上的相冲问题,也顾虑淑慧的情绪,更何况,墓园属於山势地形,不便孕妇行走。

除了家属,行动党国会领袖林吉祥、雪州行政议员欧阳捍华、泗峇沫区国会议员林立迎、行动党前秘书长郭金福及雪州行政议员郭素沁的私人助理黄皓汶等人,也出席重葬仪式。

验尸庭於11月4日发出庭令,批准赵明福家属开棺验尸,以釐清赵明福离奇坠楼身亡后所留下的种种疑团,验尸庭过后也择定11月21日开棺,22日进行第二次的解剖。




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Teoh Beng Hock buried... again

By Neville Spykerman

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 —Teoh Beng Hock was laid to rest again after Buddhist rituals were performed. His brother and sister were at the grave site while his parents stood afar, in accordance with Chinese beliefs that parents do not attend the burial of their children.

DAP’s Lim Kit Siang was also at the Nirvana Memorial Park, along with Teoh’s former boss Selangor exco Ean Yong Hian Wah, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng and former DAP secretary-general Kerk Kim Hock.

Teoh’s casket arrived from the Sungei Buloh hospital at about 9.50am. Dozens of reporters and photographers were at the scene, along with several uniformed and plainclothes policemen.

A bed of white carnations was placed on top of his grave after the burial and his gravestone was put back into place.


His favourite food, including local kuih prepared by his wife’s aunt, was also placed at the foot of his grave.

Teoh’s pregnant wife Soh Cher Wei, 28 did not attend his reburial but her mother and aunt were with his parents.

“My family is a little relieved now that he has been reburied,” said 29-year-old Lee Lan, Teoh’s younger sister.

“We hope those who killed him will be found and that there will be justice for him,” she said.

Lee Lan also expressed her thanks to the public, the management of the cemetery and Kerk for their help and support.

Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor landing at Plaza Masalam on July 16, after being questioned by the Malaysian

Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at their Selangor Headquarters on the 14th floor.

His body was exhumed on Saturday for a second post-mortem to help an inquest set up by the government to determine if there was any foul play surrounding his death, which was classified as suicide by the police.

Ean Yong who also spoke to the press said no one can understand the family’s pain.

“All this effort is for one purpose, to find out the truth surrounding his death.

“The world will judge the prime minister by his 1 Malaysia message, we will see if he can walk his talk,” said Ean.


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Sunday, November 22, 2009

心情沉重等消息‧趙家拜祭求解剖順利

(雪兰莪.双溪毛糯)赵明福的家人今日(週日,11月22日)前往双溪毛糯医院,以等候第二次剖验的最新消息。他们在沉重的心情下静候,並获准在解剖进行前,在太平间进行简单的拜祭仪式,祈求一切顺利。

赵家上下受到院方及警方的全方位配合,从清早开始至解剖工作进行时,都获准逗留在停尸房旁的等候室。等候室內气氛凝重安静,身穿白色衣服的赵家亲属,以及赵明福生前的工作伙伴一行10多人,在等候室折冥纸。

赵母情绪波动

早上10时,赵父赵亮辉和赵母张秀花,趁著法医进行第一轮的討论会议时,与家人拿了一个铝制桶罐放在停尸房的门口,开始焚化已折好的冥纸和往生纸等。过后,他们点燃香枝往外头拜拜,祈求一切顺利。

赵母张秀花比起其他家庭成员的情绪波动更多,每次她一想起明福的遭遇和目前的处境时,难免又是一阵泪流。中午12时30分,当她获悉明福即將被送上解剖台时,她独自一个人都到停尸房外,双手合十仰望天际,嘴里不断呢喃著,在为明福祈祷。

她的心情所有人都瞭解,虽然明福已成为冰冷的遗体,但在母亲心中,那一具冰冷的尸体是她抚养多年、思念多时的心肝宝贝。躺在解剖台上的遗体再也感受不到疼痛,但身体发肤授於父母,赵母正经歷著比解剖还折腾的揪心之痛。


据瞭解,赵铭基、赵丽兰及妻舅苏志海3人,週六(11月21日)晚轮流在停尸房守夜,另外还有8名行动党党员也彻夜轮流陪伴他们,一直到週日早上,其余家属及法医都到场为止。

赵家知部份解剖结果

赵家在明福第二度解剖工作完毕后,已获知部份进展,而所有答案相信將於12月9日在验尸庭继续审讯时曝光。

赵家在记者会上说,声声感谢泰国法医普緹仗义前来,以监督这次剖验工作。他们说,儘管普緹在步出剖验室后,曾向家人简短匯报,但她说的都是专业名词,家人也听不懂实际內容。

不过,他们也指出,由於验尸庭尚在进行审讯期间,他们也不便透露案情,只能等到验尸庭让真相浮现。

家人对剖验工作在短短两个小时便顺利完成感到欣慰。

明福週二再入土

赵明福的家人已经决定在週二上午10时让明福重新入土为安。

明福的兄长赵铭基不愿透露何时让明福的遗体送离医院,並希望所有有意送別明福的人士,在週二上午直接前往富贵山庄的墓地。

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赵明福二度验尸

(雪兰莪‧双溪毛糯)赵明福今日(週日,11月22日)在雪兰莪双溪毛糯医院进行第二次解剖,由英国法医界权威彼得华尼兹医生、双溪毛糯医院法医组主任沙希淡负责操刀,泰国著名法医普緹等从旁协助。

赵明福二度验尸演进表

上午
8.00:警方及医院保安人员封锁医院太平间
8.40:著名泰国法医普緹抵达
8.50:英国法医界权威彼得华尼兹医生抵达
9.15:代表律师哥宾星抵达
9.55:赵明福家属陆续抵达后,在双溪毛糯太平间外摺金纸
10.00:普緹、彼得华尼兹及负责解剖的法医召开首次会议
11.00:法医为赵明福进行X光和电脑断层扫描
11.30:法医进行第二次会议
11.45:哥宾星召开新闻发布会讲解赵明福解剖进展

下午
1.10:法医进行解剖
1.20:行动党国会反对党领袖林吉祥抵达慰问家属
1.45:林吉祥离开




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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Teoh Beng Hock exhumed for second autopsy

KAJANG: Teoh Beng Hock’s body was exhumed on Saturday for a second autopsy at Sungai Buloh Hospital.

The exhumation had been ordered by the inquest into the political aide’s recent death, after Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand testified that his likely cause of death was homicide and not suicide.

The body, reportedly in good condition, was sent to the Sungai Buloh Hospital where it was subjected to X-ray and CT scans.

Teoh was found dead on the fifth floor of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Shah Alam on July 16 and an inquest into his death is ongoing at the Shah Alam Coroner’s Court.

Members of the media started gathering at the Nirvana Memorial Garden in Semenyih early in the morning and there were almost 40 pressmen by the time the prayer rituals started at 9am.

The grave had been cordoned off with about three metres high of white canvas, thus obscuring the view of the pressmen and passers-by.

By 10.40am, 10 cemetery workers had disinterred the casket and Teoh’s body was identified by his siblings Teoh Lee Lan and Teoh Beng Kee.


The casket was then wrapped up in plastic sheets before it was placed in a hearse and headed for Sungai Buloh Hospital, where Teoh’s parents were waiting.

It is learnt that Soh Cher Wei, who went through a marriage ceremony with Teoh after his death, stayed home as she is six months pregnant with his child.

Dr Pornthip was present to observe the exhumation, together with Sungai Buloh Hospital chief pathologist Dr Shahidan Md Noor.

Lee Lan had earlier told the press that she felt heavy hearted over the exhumation but hoped the second autopsy would reveal her brother’s cause of death.

“We are prepared to find out the truth,” she said. Gobind Singh Deo, counsel for the Teoh family, said the body appeared to be in good condition.

“As far as I can tell, it looked like it was in good condition. But I am a lawyer, not a doctor, so we’ll see what the experts say,” he said, adding that there were six pathologists present including Dr Pornthip.

“Dr Pornthip was here to observe the exhumation. We don’t want any complaints later on (about the procedures). The post-mortem will be done tomorrow at 9.30am, and I was told they hope to get it done by early afternoon,” he said.

Gobind added that he did no see anyone from MACC, saying they “should have sent a representative”.

Also present were Teoh’s former boss Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang and another Selangor state executive councillor Ronnie Liu.


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明福尸身完好‧红布缠绳起棺‧送院再度剖验

(雪兰莪‧加影)在雪州反贪污委员会总部离奇坠楼身亡的赵明福家属,今日(週六,11月21日)早上选择以红布缠绳方式起棺;著名泰国法医普緹在开棺仪式后透露,赵明福的尸身脸部浮肿,大致保留完好。

普緹面带笑容举起拇指示好,显示她对第二次解剖工作信心十足。

为確保开棺过程不会出现紕漏,普緹於週六早上8时45分抵达现场,陪同赵明福的哥哥赵铭基、妹妹赵丽兰及妻舅苏志海一起见证开棺过程。

开棺仪式在早上9时至11时,“鸣吠日”吉辰顺利完成,密封棺木由加影士毛月富贵山庄载送到双溪毛糯医院进行X光和电脑断层扫描,以便在11月22日进行第二次剖验。

为了找出赵明福坠楼的真相,赵明福家属选择在宜埋葬和安葬的“鸣吠日”开棺,更以红布缠绳起棺;除了强烈表达坠楼事件有冤屈外,也借此缓冲开棺时的煞气,避免对怀有身孕的妻子苏淑慧造成衝击。

5法医见证开棺仪式

赵明福的开棺仪式是在5名法医的见证下顺利完成,除了普緹外,其它见证者包括曾为赵明福进行第一次解剖的马大医药中心法医巴拉斯汉、巴生中央医院法医凯鲁阿兹曼,及国大医院的法医沙伦。

虽然大马反贪污委员会较早前公佈委任英国法医界权威彼得华尼兹医生代表反贪污委员会参与开棺验尸的工作,但除了负责第二次解剖工作的双溪毛糯医院法医组主任沙希淡和普緹外,华尼兹並没有现身墓场。

行动党国会领袖林吉祥、雪州行政议员刘天球、赵明福生前的上司雪州行政议员欧阳捍华、泗岩沬国会议员林立迎、赵家代表律师哥宾星和一批行动党支持者也到场。




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苏淑慧心情平静‧“盼一切真相大白”

(雪兰莪‧八打灵再也)赵明福遗霜苏淑慧表示希望明福开棺验尸后,一切可以真相大白。

人在峇株巴辖的淑慧在接获记者来电时,表示自己心情平静,一切尚好。

虽然如此,仍可从其声线中,听出她语带哽咽,但依然积极正面回答媒体提问,並强调自己此刻想表达的,一如明福家属所发表的谈话。

“我一早也接到很多询问电话,但一切还好,谢谢大家关心。”

至於会否前来吉隆坡了解开棺验尸结果,她表示,自己將留在峇株巴辖等候消息,等候明福家人转告详情。

好友在明福面子书留言

另外,赵明福开棺验尸,再一度撕裂亲友心中的伤口,不少明福好友、同事,也因开棺一事触动心情,纷纷前往明福在面子书(Facebook)上的个人页面,留言表达感受。

从只字片语中,不难感受大家的悲痛、希望沉冤待雪的心情,就算明知明福已不能再看到这些留言,朋友们依然选择留言,宣泄心中的沉痛心情。

部份留言如下:

“明福,都到了这个时候,你甚么也不用多说,就让你的遗体在人世间为你说最后一次话……”

“忍耐,明福,我们为你祈祷”

“愿你在天之灵,帮助追求真相的人,为你找出真相”

“朋友,欢迎回来”




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“请法医一定要为死人说话”‧赵丽兰对普緹有信心

(雪兰莪‧加影)“请法医一定要为死人说话!”

赵明福的妹妹赵丽兰透露,她有信心泰国法医普緹能在第二次解剖中,厘清赵明福的真正死因。

不过,她希望反贪委会委任的英国法医彼得华尼兹,一样能秉持著为死人说话的精神,不偏不私的协助验尸庭鉴定赵明福的真正死因。

赵丽兰在赵明福开棺前接受媒体访问时强调,其家人非常感激普緹仗义相助,更相信普緹能厘清赵明福的死因。

“虽然开棺的决定对我们来说很困难,但我们希望可以找出真相,希望验尸庭在开棺后可以给我们一个交代。”

询及其家人对反贪委会委任的英国法医是否有信心时,赵丽兰说,反贪委会有权委任英国法医参与开棺验尸工作,但她仍希望这名英国法医將表现出一名法医应有的专业和独立性。

受询她此刻心情如何时,掩饰不了悲痛心情的赵丽兰坦言心情很沉重、紧张,但为了找出真相,她愿意再度忍受煎熬,让赵明福开棺验尸。

“我们今日(週六,11月21日)带来了一些水果、糕点和冥纸来祭拜哥哥。”




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Friday, November 20, 2009

赵母:没提孩子是否可个案处理‧“纳兹里回答太官僚”

(马六甲)针对首相署部长拿督斯里纳兹里指赵明福遗腹子报生纸上的父亲一栏不能填上赵明福的名字,赵妈妈对此感到不满与困惑。

赵明福家属今日(週五,11月20日)下午在远亲郭金福的陪同下召开新闻发佈会,张秀花(明福母亲)指出,部长在完全没有提及赵明福孩子是否能以个案处理,而只是“官僚式”的回答。

她说,部长没有提到明福的孩子是不是可以特別处理,但又指家属没有做出正式申请,这番话似乎意味著,若家属提出申请,报生纸一栏就能填上明福的名字。

盼首相落实承诺

她指出,家属已透过郭金福瞭解最新进展,希望首相拿督斯里纳吉能够落实承诺,实现赵家愿望。

此外,郭金福表示,赵家於7月28日会见首相时,首相已答应全力协助,並表明將指示总检察长加以关注。

“这证明首相明白有关问题是属於特別情况,应个案处理,所以当局不能纯以现有的法令做为考量。”

將申请父亲一栏填赵明福

他指出,如果有需要,赵家將在適当的时候提出申请,让孩子的报生纸父亲一栏,填上赵明福的名字。

他强调,为了避免有心人继续在马来报章上炒作遗腹子不宜合法化的课题,赵家在过去二三个月前已经决定不公开討论此课题,但並非表示赵家已放弃申请,他们也没有忘记首相的承诺。

週五隨同出席新闻发佈会的有赵明基、赵亮辉、郭金福太太莫桂美及明福姊姊的3个孩子。




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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

纳兹里:赵明福孩子报生纸不能冠父名

(吉隆坡)首相署部长拿督斯里纳兹里指出,根据法令,赵明福与妻子苏淑慧的孩子的报生纸上不能冠上孩子生父的名字。

他表示,根据1957年生死註册法令第13条文,父亲在孩子出生前逝世,报生纸上不能自动填上孩子生父名字,除非男方与孩子母亲列席一同为孩子申报签下同意书,男方自认是孩子父亲,才可填上父亲名字。

纳兹里在国会下议院为部门总结2010年財政预算案委员会阶段,以书面回答行动党华都牙也区国会议员冯宝君的问题,这么表示。

纳兹里也说,当局至今未接到赵明福家属的有关正式申请。




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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Teoh's remains can be exhumed, says coroner

By WANI MUTHIAH

SHAH ALAM: Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas has allowed an application made by deceased political aide Teoh Beng Hock’s brother Meng Kee to exhume his remains for a second post-mortem.

The details of the second post-mortem, including who will perform it and when, will be decided when the inquest into Teoh’s death resumes on Nov 9.

Although Azmil Muntapha gave his consent for renowned Thai forensic pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojansunand to be present at the proposed post-mortem, she will not be able to actively participate in it due to certain legal procedural issues.

This is because only a practising physician registered with the Malaysian medical board can do so. as stipulated under the Medical Act 1971.

Counsel holding a watching brief for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Datuk Abdul Razak Musa also pointed out that the Mahidol University, where Dr Pornthip acquired her medical degree, was not among the 250 universities recognised by the same Act.

“It is clear under the law that Dr Pornthip cannot conduct the post-mortem,” said Abdul Razak.


Abdul Razak, who however did not object to the second post-mortem, said the MACC would be sending its own pathologist to attend and audit the findings.

Meanwhile, counsel holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family Gobind Singh Deo said the application to exhume Teoh’s remains did not name Dr Pornthip because of the legal issues involved.

“But she should be given the liberty to be there,” said Gobind, adding that Dr Pornthip should attend the post-mortem since it was she who testified that Teoh’s death was probably 80% due to homicide.

Azmil Muntapha then gave his nod for Dr Pornthip to be present at the post-mortem and ordered University Malaya Medical Centre’s Dr Prashant Samberkar and Klang Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital forensic pathologist Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim to also be present at the post-mortem.

Both pathologists had performed the first post-mortem on Teoh’s remains.

Lawyer appointed to represent the government Tan Hock Chuan also said he had no objections to a second post-mortem.

“The family is entitled to find out what may have happened,” said Tan.

It is believed that the post-mortem will be conducted on Nov 14 as Dr Pornthip is said to be attending a conference in Malaysia at that time.

Teoh, who was the political aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was summoned for questioning by the MACC at its Selangor office on the 14thfloor of Plaza Masalam here on July 15 over the alleged irregular disbursement of state funds.

He was found dead on the building’s 5th floor service corridor the following day.

Dr Pornthip, who testified at the inquest last month, had said there were finger-like marks on Teoh’s neck which may indicate manual strangulation.

She had also added the injuries to his anal region appeared as if something had been shoved up into his anus.

Teoh’s younger sister Lee Lan, who was in court with Meng Kee on Wednesday, said the family will wait for Azmil Muntapha to fix the post-mortem date before making arrangements for pre-exhumation prayers.


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无法操刀解剖原因‧普緹资格不受承认

(雪兰莪‧沙亚南)泰国著名法医普緹的资格由於不符合大马的1971年医药法令所列出的条文,因此无法亲手操刀进行第二次的解剖工作。

雪州反贪污委员会代表律师拿督阿都拉萨虽然不反对开棺验尸,惟他在庭上挑起普緹的资格问题,直指她不能操刀进行解剖工作。

他表示,根据医药法令,普緹无法在大马进行解剖,因为她的资格不受大马法律的承认。

“根据上述法令,大马承认超过250所大学的医学资格,但普緹所唸的泰国玛希隆(Mahildo)大学,却不在名单之內。”

普緹未曾在大马供证

他说,虽然普緹拥有丰富的供证经验,但都是在泰国;她在这之前也不曾在大马供证。

他表示,刑事程序法典有关开棺验尸的355条文,不適合用在普緹的身上。

他指出,既然赵家代表律师同意各造能派出各自的法医在第二次的解剖工作中协助,反贪委会也会考虑这么做。

赵家代表律师哥宾星指出,根据现有的医药法令,要由普緹亲手操刀的確面对一些法律问题。

他解释,法令的34条文阐明,卫生总监有权力委任在14条文下註册的大马法医进行解剖。

他说,如果14条文不適用,则能够使用12条文(拥有法令所列明的250所大学的医学资格)或13条文(拥有特定经验,包括受僱於本地医院)。

他指出,显然的,普緹的资格都不符合这些条文。


他说,目前最重要的是第二次解剖工作在进行时,普緹能够在场,以便让她有机会提出疑点。

他认为,普緹应被给予机会从旁协助及准备验尸报告,过后再次出庭公佈报告。

第二次解剖地点
或在沙登医院


哥宾星说,由於与赵明福位在士毛月富贵山庄的墓地靠近,他们目前属意进行第二次解剖工作的地点为沙登医院。

他表示,这方面的详情还需待下週一復庭时再做商討。

“虽然我们只能委任政府法医进行第二次的解剖工作,但家人还是有优先权选择属意的政府法医,如果家人找不到適合的人选,那么政府將给予协助。”

他指出,申请开棺验尸必须符合程序,他们必须提出正式的申请,验尸庭在批准开棺验尸后,他们接下来要做的是与各造律师商討由谁操刀、地点及时间等详情。

普緹无法操刀
法律限制赵家失望


虽然验尸庭批准第二次的解剖工作在进行时,普緹能够从旁协助,但赵家仍是对普緹无法亲手操刀感到失望。

赵明福的妹妹赵丽兰受记者询问时指出,家人都希望普緹能够亲手操刀,但碍於法律限制,普緹无法这么做。

“我们对此感到失望,但我们还是希望在普緹的监督下,能够找出真相。”

询及在考虑到风俗的问题时,赵家是否有属意的开棺日期,赵明福的哥哥赵明基说,他们的確有属意的开棺日期。他们將会向代表律师提出建议。

另一方面,出庭瞭解案件进展的行动党怡保东区国会议员林吉祥指出,开棺验尸是国人引颈长盼的决定,以找出赵明福神秘死亡的真正原因。

他也说,普緹在提供协助后,他相信真相將水落石出。

陈福泉:总检察署底线
赵家不能指定普緹操刀

代表总检察署的律师陈福泉指出,虽然赵明福家属有权厘清赵明福在今年7月16日坠楼的真正原因,但总检察署的底线是,赵家不能指定要泰国法医普緹亲自为赵明福操刀解剖。

他说,总检察署不反对赵家所提出的开棺验尸申请,因为成立验尸庭的主要目的,是要鉴定赵明福的真正死因。

他重申,总检察署的立场向来很鲜明,若普緹没有亲自为赵明福进行解剖,她就无法针对赵明福的死作出关键性的结论。

“我认同家属决定让谁操刀的选择最为重要,所以我们不反对开棺验尸的申请。”

他强调,若赵家基於法律问题选择让其他法医操刀,並邀请普緹从旁协助,总检察署不会提出反对,同时,也不会反对反贪委会委派自己的法医参与验尸工作。

他认同曾为赵明福进行解剖的两名大马法医凯鲁和巴拉斯汉,也必须出席第二次验尸工作。

雪政府律师:3大理由要求验尸

雪州政府代表律师马力英迪亚认为,为了厘清普緹和两名大马政府医院法医在解剖报告中所出现的矛盾,验尸庭应批准让赵家开棺验尸。

他週三(11月4日)在庭上基於3大理由要求验尸庭批准申请,即:
1)案件涉及公眾利益和一条人命,不过,普緹与大马法医的报告却互相抵触;
2)普緹在供证期间曾指出,即使赵明福在安葬6个月后,她也可以为他进行第二次解剖;
3)赵明福家属同意开棺,让赵明福进行第二次解剖。

他强调,赵家愿意开棺验尸是雪州政府支持这项申请的最大原因和动力。

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

赵家申请开棺验尸‧要求泰法医普緹进行

(马六甲)赵明福家属週日(10月25日)正式委託律师哥宾星向验尸庭申请开棺验尸的庭令,同时要求由泰国著名法医普緹进行验尸工作。家属希望有关申请能在验尸庭於11月9日续审时完成。

苏淑慧也同意验尸

赵家、苏家及明福的妻子苏淑慧都同意开棺验尸。

赵家週日在哥宾星及行动党国会领袖林吉祥的陪同下,在马六甲亚罗牙也住家召开新闻发佈会,作出申请开棺验尸的宣佈。

哥宾星指出,普緹於上週在验尸庭內,透过第一次验尸报告的照片所作出的惊人发现,指出明福有颈部被勒的跡象,臀部也有令人怀疑的伤痕,因此,在与家属商量后,一致决定开棺验尸。

他说,副检察司陈福泉指出,普緹因为没有参与第一次的验尸工作,她的供证不能被验尸庭接受。

“虽然如此,普緹有数次类似的经验,包括尸体已被火化,但还是根据所有的证据找出真相,因此我们相信普緹能够为明福的死因找出真相。”


哥宾星10月26日入稟法庭

他表示,將援引刑事调查法典第335条文,申请开棺验尸庭令,预计週一(10月26日)(週一)入稟法庭,週三或四过堂,再由法庭择日聆听。

他指出,申请开棺验尸应该由反贪委员会或总检察署处理,但是,至今没有看到当局的任何行动,总检察长反而还將此决定交由家属处理。

“总检察署是负责找出明福坠楼真相的机构,他们本应更加关注开棺验尸。”

林吉祥:真相必须大白

此外,林吉祥指出,普緹的供证指明福有80%是他杀,进而引起社会公眾的关注,真相必须大白,涉案者必须受到对付。

他认为,家属决定开棺验尸是正確的。

赵丽兰:加强泰法医论点
家人一致决定开棺验尸


“我们全家人详细討论后,一致决定开棺验尸。我们决心要找出真相,相信泰国法医菩緹会为哥哥討回公道。”

赵明福的妹妹赵丽兰週日在哥宾星及林吉祥的陪同下,在亚罗牙也住家召开新闻发佈会时,如是表示。

她说,赵家相信普緹在验尸庭上所说的是真相,一致决定开棺验尸,是为了加强普緹的论点。

“我们相信普緹的专业,因为就如她本身所说的,为死者说话,是她的职责。”

唯一办法让真相大白

她强调,如果可以,家属也不愿意开棺验尸,但目前只剩下这个办法才能让真相大白。

询及家属为何当初拒绝第二次验尸,她指出,因为当时一切发生得太仓促,家人无法做出决定。

讲述哥哥遭遇哽咽

话到如此,赵丽兰已哽咽,眼睛泛红,讲起哥哥的遭遇,她忍不住流泪。

明福的母亲张秀花也哭红著眼睛表示,上庭所看到的相片,让她对明福感到痛心。

“他们为甚么要用这样残忍的手段?

那些人不是人。”

明福父亲赵亮辉指出,希望这次开棺能够为儿子查出真相,为孩子討回公道。

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Teoh's family to request for exhumation and second autopsy

By ALLISON LAI

MALACCA: Teoh Beng Hock’s family will request for his body to be exhumed, enabling a second autopsy to be carried out by Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand.

Gobind Singh Deo, lawyer for Teoh’s family said an application for the exhumation and second autopsy would most likely be filed in court on Monday.

“The family is very concerned,” he told a press conference at Teoh’s family home in Alor Gajah on Sunday.

“They want to find out exactly what happened to Teoh.”

Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand, had last week, told the inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock that there was an 80% probability his death was a homicide.

She said it was only a 20% probability that Teoh had committed suicide.

Dr Pornthip also testified that the marks on Teoh's neck looked like he had been manually strangled.


The Selangor government had invited Dr Pornthip, the director-general of Thailand's Ministry of Justices Central Institute of Forensic Science, to give her expert opinion.

Lee Lan, 29, Teoh's younger sister and the family spokesperson said on Sunday that they had agreed to the exhumation following discussions with their legal counsel.

She said the family would also carry out a traditional Chinese ritual as a sign of respect and to appease Teoh’s soul before the body is exhumed.

She said the family was initially uneasy about exhuming her brother’s body.

“Actually, if it is possible, we don’t wish to do this but in this case, we are determined to find out the truth,” she said, adding that the family decided to give the go ahead to their lawyer Gobind Singh Deo to file the necessary court papers.

Besides the legal aspects, she said her family had also discussed the need to carry out the pre-exhumation rituals according to Chinese customs and beliefs.

“We (the family) will attend the exhumation as we have to take part in the ritual ceremony prior to it,” she said.

According to traditional Chinese beliefs, the soul of a departed is said to come back, sometimes, and visit the family either through dreams or as an apparition.

Teoh’s family claimed that he had appeared to several relatives in their dreams on the day after rituals to mark the 7th and 49th day of his death.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

肛门伤势像被物体插入‧泰法医:赵明福80%遭他杀

(雪兰莪‧沙亚南)泰国著名法医普緹提呈给验尸庭的报告揭露,赵明福在坠楼前已经受伤。

她说,她同意两名政府医院的法医,即巴拉斯汉与凯鲁阿兹曼指赵明福身上的一些伤势与从高楼坠下的伤势不吻合;换句话说,赵明福在坠楼身亡前已受伤。

普緹在一封誌期2009年9月29日的公函中指出,大马法医在7月16日傍晚6时40分抵达案发现场,並发现赵明福的尸体在晚上7时15分已开始僵硬。

“由此推断,赵明福的死亡时间应是在8至12小时前,即7月16日早上6时至8时期间。”

遭他杀的可能性达80%

因此,泰国法医普緹指出,由於能够在赵明福身上找到坠楼前就已出现的伤势,她因此断定赵明福有80%的可能性是遭到他杀,而自杀的机率只有20%。

普緹的推论也与本地两名法医凯鲁阿兹曼及巴拉斯汉的假设大相俓庭,同样作为证人的凯鲁阿兹曼及巴拉斯汉皆认为,赵明福极有可能是死於自杀。


普緹是“赵明福验尸案”第30名证人,她今日(週三,10月21日)在雪州政府代表律师马力英迪亚的引导下供证说,上述两名法医指赵明福是坠楼死,她也赞同这个说法。

不过,她认为,虽然是坠楼死,但赵明福在坠楼前就已受伤,因此他极有可能是遭到他杀。

普緹表示,赵明福肛门处的伤势不像是坠楼所致,而是遭到像是木棒的物体插入,在她过去的经验中,她不曾看过坠楼个案会出现如此的伤势。

她指出,赵明福的大腿后侧也出现疑似遭人以木棒打伤的痕跡。

她表示,她也推断赵明福在坠楼时,可能已失去意识,因为她通过伤势照片观察到赵明福的颈部有被勒伤的痕跡、没有防护性伤痕及某些部位在坠楼前就已受伤。

她指出,赵明福在坠地时仍活著,但由於失去意识,导致他脚部著地后,身体就直接向下倾倒重创胸部,这也是赵明福肋骨严重骨折的原因。

对於赵明福的死因,普緹有以下结论:

  • 赵明福左鞋鞋底磨损的痕跡可能是因拖曳而造成;

  • 赵明福肛门的伤势与从高楼坠下的伤势不吻合,其肛门的伤势更像被物体插入;

  • 虽然大马法医认为赵明福在坠楼时脚先著地,但她认为赵明福出现骨折的足踝有被挫伤的痕跡;

  • 由於图片无法有完美的分辨率,她不能排除赵明福颈部有被勒伤的痕跡。




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Teoh inquest: 80pc chance of homicide, says Thai expert

SHAH ALAM: There is an 80% chance that the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock was caused by homicide, the coroner’s court was told Wednesday.

Based on her examination of the autopsy reports and pictures of the site, Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand said she believed there is only a 20% chance that Teoh had committed suicide.

Testifying at the inquest into Teoh’s death, Dr Pornthip said that not all injuries on the body were consistent with a fall from a height.

She said that marks around his neck could mean that he was strangled, while the injury to his anus was caused by penetration with an object before his fall.

His skull fracture was not typical of an injury from a fall but was more compatible with blunt force being applied directly to the skull, she said.

She said that Teoh was probably alive when he hit the ground but may have been unconscious before the fall.


Dr Pornthip told court she has conducted more than 10,000 autopsies, of which about 100 dealt with fatal falls from a high place.

She put the time of death at between 6am and 8am, July 16.

The renowned and flamboyant Dr Pornthip is the director and co-founder of the Thai Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science.

She is well-known for her prowess in cracking open complicated homicide cases and is a celebrity of sorts in her homeland.

She is the author of Investigation of Corpses which sold 100,000 copies in Thailand, and also led a group of international forensic scientists in 2004 to identify the remains of the Asian tsunami victims.

Her life and work was narrated in a National Geographic documentary entitled Crime Scene Bangkok in 2004.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Evaluation put off because hospital refused witness

KUALA LUMPUR: The scheduled psychiatric evaluation of Teoh Beng Hock’s family was postponed because the hospital refused to allow a witness to accompany them during the interviews.

Lawyer and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, who represented the Teohs said the family wanted to know why they were refused a witness during the evaluation at the Selayang hospital yesterday.

He added that Teoh’s family lawyer at the on-going inquest, Gobind Singh Deo, had informed the family that the coroner had imposed two conditions before the interview; each interviewee can be accompanied by a family member or a lawyer.

“We were told that the interviewees had to be isolated and only the doctors were allowed,” Lim told reporters after leaving the hospital complex.

The family had requested for a copy of the interview transcript. However, their request was denied by the hospital along with their request for a copy of the audio recordings of the interview.

“We are asking all this to ensure transparency during the meeting with the three doctors,” he added.

Teoh’s sister, Lee Lan, was disappointed with the outcome of the sheduled evaluation, which involved Teoh’s wife, Soh Cher Wei, father Teoh Leng Hwee, mother Teng Shuw Hor and brother Meng Kee.

“The hospital and the court did not give us a clear idea as to how this should be done. We travelled all the way from Alor Gajah only to find out that it will end this way,” Lee Lan said.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

齐聚亚罗牙也老家‧赵家为明福“除灵合炉”

(马六甲)赵明福家人週日(10月18日)早上在法师诵经带领下,为设在老家的明福灵位进行“除灵”及与祖先牌位“合炉”仪式。

隨著週日仪式完成,赵家希望验尸庭早日让案情真相大白,还明福一个公道,以慰其在天之灵。在这之前,家属在10月10日於士毛月富贵山庄,为明福进行圆坟仪式。

明福双亲赵亮辉和张秀花、哥哥铭基、大姐丽君及妹妹丽兰、妻子苏淑慧及亲人週日早上齐聚亚罗牙也老家,参与上述仪式。

赵家人感谢媒体这些日子来的报导,让公眾人士有机会瞭解赵明福事件。“同时,我们很感谢社会人士给予的关怀和支持,以一份温情鼓励我们继续生活下去。”

热心人印製200黑色手环

赵铭基表示,10月初,一名陈姓男子印製200个黑色手环寄到赵家,手环上写著“Justice For Beng Hock”字样,並鼓励大家戴上手上,直到明福事件水落石出为止。

“陈先生还说,若有需要他会义不容辞印製更多手环;对於陈先生的热心,我们真的很感激。”

他已把大部份手环交给行动党,派送给公眾。

此外,赵家仍继续收到各地热心人士寄送的关怀明信片。

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

责反贪局有心大作文章‧明福妻力挺女屋友

(马六甲)赵明福妻子苏淑慧今日(週日,10月18日)力挺明福屋友刘瑞蓉,强调两人之间关係清白,並指反贪污委员会以假设性角度来设定他们有曖昧关係,不仅破坏刘瑞蓉的名誉,对再也无法开口反驳的明福有欠公平。

“刘瑞蓉曾是我们在加影的屋友,过后她搬去与姐妹同住,明福则租用她们楼下的小房间。”

刘瑞蓉为明福学姐

苏淑慧週日到明福老家参与明福除灵与合炉仪式时,针对上述事件向记者发表谈话。

苏淑慧表示,刘瑞蓉是明福在国大的学姐,本与她及明福同租一屋,自从刘瑞蓉的姐妹在蒲种购买屋子后,她就搬去与姐妹同住。

她说,后来因为明福每日必须到沙亚南上班,萌起搬迁的念头,刘瑞蓉腾出楼下小房间出租给他。

苏淑慧表示,刘瑞蓉乐意租房间给明福,本是一件清白及公开之事,不应被当局拿来大作文章。

“明福的室友尚包括刘瑞蓉的两个姊妹,为何当局避开这点不谈?如有证据就应该拿出来,不应乱扯。”

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

反贪委会律师质疑明福‧与女屋友“关係密切”

(雪兰莪‧沙亚南)雪州行政议员欧阳捍华政治秘书赵明福离奇坠楼身亡案週五(10月16日)续审,验尸官阿兹米尔决定不传召赵明福的女屋友出庭;不过,反贪委员会的代表律师阿都拉萨却质疑赵明福与女屋友有“密切关係”。

验尸庭原订於週五传召这名女屋友刘瑞蓉出庭,但阿兹米尔却基於刘瑞蓉所提供警方的口供书显示与赵明福的死並没有直接关联,因而决定不传召刘氏为证人。

不过,阿都拉萨却提出,他不排除赵明福或与刘瑞蓉有“密切关係”,並认为后者的供词將可协助验尸庭判断赵明福的精神状况。

哥宾星斥拉萨假设“越界”

阿都拉萨说,他关注的是赵明福与这名女子的关係,造成赵明福在毙命前可能已受到困扰。

“赵明福有一名单身哥哥住在沙亚南,而他(赵明福)也在沙亚南工作。为何他选择与一名女子(刘瑞蓉)同住,却不与哥哥同住?这是全国人都要知道的。”

当时,赵明福家属的代表律师哥宾星马上站起来反驳说,阿都拉萨指赵明福与刘瑞蓉有密切关係的假设已“越界”,並对刘氏不公平,因而要求他收回有关言论。

“我看只有拉萨想知道。如今是摩登世界的年代,人人可同住一屋檐下。”


阿兹米尔则进一步解释为何他不传召刘瑞蓉出庭。

“她(刘瑞蓉)只是赵明福的朋友,他们在国民大学唸书时认识的,她只出租一间房间给赵明福。”

將传召精神科医生供证

阿兹米尔补充,验尸庭稍后將传召一名曾与赵明福家属及数名反贪委会面谈的精神科医生出庭供证,以分析赵明福的精神状况。

要求翻阅选区拨款文件
官员否认向明福施压

负责审查欧阳捍华4份拨款文件的反贪委会官员阿尔曼助理警监在验尸庭上供证时强调,他盘问赵明福时,不曾对后者施压和使用暴力。

布城反贪会总部情报科官员阿兹曼是验尸庭第28证人,他告诉验尸庭,他曾在7月15日晚上10时30分於反贪委会办公室要求赵明福翻阅选区拨款的文件,但他没有暴力对待赵明福和向他施压。

“我只是问他从其手提电脑影印出来的4份报价表,是否出现在欧阳捍华拨款的文件內,但他无法在文件中找出那些报价表。”

阿尔曼表示,赵明福用了1个半小时来翻阅选区拨款文件夹,但都没有找到发货单正本。

他说,当时赵明福不停翻阅相关文件近5分钟,其身躯没有倚在靠椅上,也不曾直视他的眼神。

此案展延至10月21日及22日续审;届时著名的泰国法医普緹將出庭供证釐清赵明福的死因。


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Thursday, October 15, 2009

MACC man admits telling officers not to probe cause of aide’s death, too

By WANI MUTHIAH

SHAH ALAM: A top-ranking Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer admitted he told his subordinate not to lodge a police report after political aide Teoh Beng Hock was found dead on July 16.

“I told him (investigating officer Mohd Anuar Ismail) that Teoh was not under our control and had been told to go home after his statement was recorded. His body was also not found in the MACC office,” state MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim told the inquest into Teoh’s death.

He said he would have made the police report himself if the incident had occurred in the MACC office.


Teoh, 30, who was the political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was summoned to the state MACC office at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 15 for questioning over alleged irregularities in the disbursement of state funds.

He was found dead on the building’s fifth floor the following day.

Questioned by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, Hishamuddin admitted he had told his officers not to investigate what may have led to Teoh’s death.

“The MACC’s reputation is on the line and you didn’t care? Is that what you are saying?

“I put it to you that you didn’t want to know what had happened because of the actions of the MACC officers. You are responsible for Teoh’s death,” said Gobind.

Hishamuddin disagreed and when questioned further admitted he had not gone down to where Teoh’s body was found sprawled.

Gobind: Were you not interested in seeing the body?

Hishamuddin: No.

Hishamuddin also testified that witnesses were not allowed to leave at will even if they had come voluntarily.

However, Hishamuddin said they could get permission to go home in the event of an emergency.

Meanwhile, state MACC investigation unit head Hairul Ilham Hamzah testified that he and Mohd Anuar had found Teoh’s cell phone and bag when they went around the office looking for him on July 16.

Gobind: Did you try to contact him?

Hairul Ilham: No.

Gobind: Why not? It was strange that you couldn’t find him.

When Gobind pointed out the MACC had Teoh’s office contact details, Hairul Ilham said it hadn’t occurred him to do so, adding that his mind had gone blank when he heard that Teoh’s body had been found.

Hairul Ilham disagreed with Gobind that he had not called Teoh since he knew what had happened.

Counsel holding a watching brief for the MACC, Datuk Abdul Razak Musa, also tendered Teoh’s two bank account statements as exhibits.


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

雪州反贪会副总监不知明福是否受酷刑

(雪兰莪‧沙亚南)雪州反贪污委员会副总监希山慕汀指出,所有前往反贪污委员会大厦助查的证人,都是在自愿的情况下出席,若对方有事或生病,则可向有关官员要求展延录供。

他在哥宾星的引导下指出,证人协助录供时,是不被允许半途离开,除非后者生病或不適,才可以要求展延录供程序。

被驳得哑口无言

“反贪委会的工作时间是24小时进行的,所以很多时候官员都会要求证人或嫌犯在正常下班的时间后,才前往协助调查。”

他说,根据阿努亚的匯报,赵明福在助查时,表现不是很自然,当官员询及笔记型电脑的文件內容时,赵明福看起来有点焦虑。

然而,哥宾星马上反驳说,阿努亚在录供当晚一直都在睡觉,根本甚么都不知道,令他质疑希山会从一个甚么都不知道的人口中获取资讯,显示了希山其实是甚么都不懂。他的这番话,顿令希山无言以对。

希山较后坦承,他的確没有见过赵明福本人,也没有亲自去查询以及探望赵录供的情况。因此,他迄今仍不知道赵明福是否被官员以酷刑对待。

他的回答,也推翻了他之前向验尸官阿兹米尔表示官员並没有以酷刑对待赵明福的说法。


供证称整晚没见过明福

希山指出,他於7月15日早上9时,召集了雪州反贪会22至25名官员进行匯报会,要求官员调查一宗有关议员舞弊的案件。同时,他委任了阿努亚为这调查案的负责人,而阿努亚在匯报会后马上展开行动。

他表示,他是从官员的匯报,才瞭解到当晚有赵明福、陈文华等人通宵接受盘问。

他指出,他当晚是因为有公务要忙,所以留在办公室过夜。直至凌晨4时左右,他起身上厕所,在经过茶水间时,看见一名男子坐在沙发上翻阅报纸。

躺沙发男子是陈文华

他披露,他不认识对方,但知道对方並非官员,也不是赵明福。

他重申,整个晚上他都不曾见过赵明福。他后来是在反贪会律师拿督阿都拉萨的引导下指出,他被告知躺在沙发上的男子是陈文华。

律师证人问答录

哥宾星:问
希山慕汀:答

问:警方几点到现场?

答:不確定。我下午4时回到办公室,警方已经到了

问:你有没有问警察……

答:没有。

问:我问题都还没有问完,你就讲没有?你甚么都讲没有没有。听好我的问题,我的问题很简单。当警方来到现场,你是否有询问他们有关案件的详情?

答:没有。

问:你是第二把交椅耶,怎么都不问?

答:他们忙著查案,我不想打扰他们。

问:警方之后有到反贪委会14楼进行调查,是谁让他们进来的?

答:我不知道。

问:一定是有人让他们进来的,是谁?

答:是职员,但我不確定是谁。

问:你是第二把交椅,怎么会不懂?没有问吗?

答:不確定。

问:(哥宾星隨便指著在內庭的律师)是不是他(律师)开门让他们(警方)进来的。

答:不是。

问:你可以確定不是他,为甚么又不能確定到底是谁让警方到14楼?

答:我不確定。

问:我说是他(律师)开门的。(律师赶紧撇清喊说:“不是我”全场哄堂。)

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Teoh Inquest: DNA sample identified

By WANI MUTHIAH and NURBAITI HAMDAN

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock was told Thursday that one of the unknown male DNA samples found on the deceased’s belt and jacket has been identified.

Tan Hock Chuan, who is the counsel appointed by the Government to assist Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, said DNA expert Dr Seah Lay Hong would be revealing the identity of the person.

Dr Seah, who is attached to the Chemistry Department, is scheduled to testify Friday regarding the identity of the individual known as “Male 1.”

Teoh, 30, the political secretary to Selangor executive councilor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was summoned to the Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 15 to be queried over the alleged disbursement of state funds.

He was found dead at the building’s fifth floor service corridor the following day.

During the inquest Thursday, Teoh’s brother Teoh Meng Kee and close friend Woo Chuan Sing took the stand.

Meng Kee testified his brother did not have any health or financial problems.

Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo, holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, asked Meng Kee, “Do you know if there are any reasons whatsoever that your brother Teoh Beng Hock would want to commit suicide?”

“No,” said Meng Kee.

He also agreed with counsel Datuk Abd Razak Musa, who is holding a watching brief for the MACC, that Teoh had hastened his marriage because his girlfriend Soh Cher Wei was pregnant.

Abd Razak also told Meng Kee that Teoh earned a monthly salary of RM1, 800.

“Do you agree that Chinese weddings cost a lot of money?” said Abd Razak.


“It depends,” said Meng Kee.

“How much is the rough cost?” said Abd Razak.

“It can be less than RM20,000 sometimes,” Meng Kee said.

Abd Razak then suggested that Teoh was forced to expedite the wedding due to Soh’s pregnancy and did not have much savings to pay for the event.

“He had savings and we, as his siblings, would have helped him,” Meng Kee said.

Woo testified that Teoh had SMSed and asked him to be his best man on the day he was summoned by the MACC.

During the inquest Thursday, there was also a heated exchange of words between Gobind and Tan over the summoning of witnesses.

Counsel holding a watching brief for the Selangor state government Malik Imtiaz Sarwar said his party would be calling Selangor MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim and head of investigation unit Hairul Ilham Hamzah.

Malik Imtiaz added that renowned Thai pathologist Dr Porntip Rojanasunan had also said that she would be available on Oct 20 and 21, or Oct 27 and 28.

Tan will also submit the questions prepared by two forensic psychiatrists scheduled to interview Teoh’s family to determine his state of mind prior to his death.

Azmil Muntapha will decide the relevance of the questions to the inquest and rule whether or not Teoh’s family need to attend the interview.

See below for what transpired in proceedings Thursday:

4.06pm: Bulkini Paharudin of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is released.

Court is adjourned to Friday morning.

4.05pm: Witness No 22, Bulkini Paharudin of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, takes the stand again. He is asked to identify Kajang municipal councillor Tan Boon Wah, who was taken in for questioning the same day as Teoh Beng Hock.

Bulkini identifies Tan.

4pm: Bulkini Paharudin of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission takes the stand again. He previously took the stand on Sept 17.

3.55pm: War of words erupts between Gobind Singh Deo, the counsel holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, and Government-appointed counsel Tan Hock Chuan, over the priority of witnesses taking the stand.

3.46pm: Gobind Singh Deo, the counsel holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, says he has two witnesses from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Hishamuddin and Hairul Ilham, to take the stand.

Both these names have been consistently mentioned by MACC witnesses throughout the inquest.

3.45pm: Lawyers and coroners hold a discussion to fix a date for Dr Seah Lay Hong to take the stand.

3.40pm: Government-appointed counsel Tan Hock Chuan tells Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that the DNA sample of “Male 1” has been identified by ninth witness Dr Seah Lay Hong, a serology and DNA specialist.

Tan says Dr Seah is ready to take the stand with her evidence.

3.34pm: Teoh Beng Hock’s best friend Woo Chuan Sing is released from the stand.

3.31pm: Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas begins questioning Woo Chuan Sing, who says, “I am one of Beng Hock’s good friends.”

He says he does not know of any problems that Beng Hock may have faced.

3.26pm: Malik Imtiaz Mawar, acting for the Selangor Government, begins questioning Teoh Beng Hock’s best friend Woo Chuan Sing.

Woo confirms the record of a telephone call received on his handphone from Beng Hock.

3.25pm: Teoh Beng Hock’s best friend Woo Chuan Sing takes the stand as the 25th witness.

To questioning from government-appointed counsel Tan Hock Chuan, who is assisting Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, Woo says Beng Hock SMSed him inviting him to be the best man at his wedding on Oct 3.

3.16pm: To a question by Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas, Teoh Meng Kee says his brother Beng Hock never received medical treatment nor had he any medical problems.

Meng Kee says he does not know why Beng Hock went into politics.

Meng Kee is released from the stand.

3.13pm: MACC lawyer Datuk Abd Razak Musa asks Beng Hock’s brother Teoh Meng Kee whether he knows how much it would cost to hold a Chinese wedding ceremony, complete with dinner, luxury car, etc.

Meng Kee says, “perhaps about RM20,000.”

Abd Razak suggests that Beng Hock did not have that kind of money to spend on a wedding on his monthly salary of RM1,800.

Meng Kee says that Beng Hock had savings, although he admits he does not know how much.

3.09pm: Teoh Meng Kee says he does not know what his brother Beng Hock’s monthly income was.

MACC lawyer Datuk Abd Razak Musa: Do you know that Beng Hock earned a gaji bersih (take-home pay) of RM1,800 a month?

Meng Kee: No, I don’t.

3.06pm: During cross-examination by MACC lawyer Datuk Abd Razak Musa, Teoh Beng Hock’s brother Meng Kee agrees with Abd Razak’s suggestion that Beng Hock was making marriage plans at a rather early age because his girlfriend Soh Cher Wei was pregnant.

3.04pm: Datuk Abd Razak Musa, acting for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), begins his cross-examination.

3pm: Teoh Meng Kee says he was notified of his brother Beng Hock’s death by his younger sister Li Lan at about 5pm on July 16. He said he went immediately to Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam.

2.55pm: Teoh Meng Kee says his brother Beng Hock has never mentioned problem to his family before his death.

2.51pm: Teoh Meng Kee tells of his brother Beng Hock’s plans to organise a wedding dinner on Oct 3. He describes Beng Hock as being “full of love and helpful.

2.42pm: Teoh Beng Hock’s brother, Teoh Meng Kee, a 33-year-old warehouse manager takes the stand.

He is the second of four siblings, while Beng Hock was the fourth. Meng Kee, wearing black pants and a light-blue t-shirt, appears calm as he answers questions.

2.40pm: Day 22 of the Teoh Beng Hock inquest begins with his brother Teoh Meng Kee being called to the stand.


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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Teoh’s fiancee starts blog to share views on life and death

IPOH: Teoh Beng Hock’s fiancee has entered the blogosphere to express her feelings and views on life and death.

Soh Cher Wei, whose blog “Don’t Say Goodbye” (http://sohcherwei.blogspot.com/), has just published a poem-like post which describes how she has been coping after his death.

Soh wrote that the two of them had been unlucky as those with self-interests had treated them like pawns in a game of chess.

“In the end, you are blamed (and) you are also gone forever,” she said.

She noted that it would be better for Teoh to be living “in the other world” than here.

She said she was only putting up a brave front now so as not to let others worry about her.


“The right to choose is not within my hands from the start. I have no option to say ‘No’, I have no right to object. I could only obey and follow the given path. I have no choice at all,” she wrote in the Mandarin blog.

In the Sept 23 entry, entitled “Am I Happy?”, Soh said with the people around her at ease, she would feel less sorry for herself.

Soh lamented that no one could provide her with an answer.

Despite all these upheavals, Soh gave her word that she would not commit suicide as she did not want to end up in hell, never to be reincarnated.

“We will then be apart as you are in heaven,” she wrote.

Before she ended, Soh said she would be reunited with Teoh after his death was avenged.

“Only death by old age awaits me now,” she said.

A check yesterday found that the blog had garnered 57 comments, mostly words of encouragement.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Teoh family outraged at MACC chief's suicide theory

By Debra Chong

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 – As the inquest into the death of a Selangor government political aide drags on with no clear end in sight, his grieving family’s frustration is fast turning into fury.

This is especially over the latest reported remarks made by the chief commissioner of the national anti-graft body, which many believe to have had a hand in pushing him over the edge.

The family of the late Teoh Beng Hock denounced the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan for publicly insinuating that the 30-year-old political secretary had committed suicide because he “could not withstand the pressure”.

Teoh’s younger sister, Lee Lan noted that Ahmad Said had told Chinese-language daily, Sin Chew Daily, earlier this month that he had been informed of 10 cases of people jumping from buildings after being investigated by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) since its set-up.

The MACC, formed in January this year, was modelled after the ICAC.

“He also said that if people investigated could not withstand the pressure and jumped from the building, there was nothing that they (MACC) could do,” Lee Lan told The Malaysian Insider, repeating her statement to reporters last Saturday after saying prayers for her brother at the Seck Kia Eenh Temple in Malacca.

“If the MACC continues to make irresponsible remarks which cannot be substantiated with proof, we are prepared to go and see the Prime Minister again to urge him to immediately set up a comprehensive Royal Commission of Inquiry to investigate into Beng Hock’s cause of death,” she added, speaking for the rest of her family.


The family scored a meeting with Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his Putrajaya office on July 28.

“No stone will be left unturned in finding out the real cause of death and, if there is any foul play, action will definitely be taken,” the PM promised them then.

Lee Lan, who was the closest of three other siblings to Teoh, challenged Ahmad Said to answer three questions:

1. Who saw Beng Hock jump from [the] MACC building?

2. Beng Hock was classified as a witness in the investigation, what pressure would he have faced?
3. Will MACC’s interrogation method bring about pressure on the witness or suspect to cause them to jump to death?

Teoh was found dead outside the MACC’s Selangor office in Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam on July 16, the same day he was to register his marriage to his pregnant sweetheart.

He had been interrogated overnight by MACC investigators probing claims that his boss, first-term Selangor DAP state lawmaker and executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had unlawfully dipped his fingers into state funds.

The inquest will resume tomorrow after a one week break.

Lee Lan, who was the closest of three other siblings to Teoh, challenged Ahmad Said to answer three questions:

1. Who saw Beng Hock jump from [the] MACC building?

2. Beng Hock was classified as a witness in the investigation, what pressure would he have faced?

3. Will MACC’s interrogation method bring about pressure on the witness or suspect to cause them to jump to death?

Teoh was found dead outside the MACC’s Selangor office in Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam on July 16, the same day he was to register his marriage to his pregnant sweetheart.

He had been interrogated overnight by MACC investigators probing claims that his boss, first-term Selangor DAP state lawmaker and executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, had unlawfully dipped his fingers into state funds.

The inquest will resume tomorrow after a one week break.


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Sunday, September 6, 2009

释明圆法师协助‧明福“回家”了

(马六甲)在马六甲青云亭释明圆法师的协助下,逝世近2个月的赵明福终於“回家”了!

释明圆法师週日(9月6日)下午在释迦院明福牌位置放处诵经后,前往他亚罗牙也老家进行设立牌位仪式,先后耗时3小时,让明福回家“团聚”!

张秀花告诉记者,家里设了明福牌位后,她有“明福回家”的感觉,心里比较安乐。

丽君则表示,现在赵家最大的心愿,是真相能早日水落石出,不要一再拖延,大家不希望明福死得不明不白。

明福指示要“回家”

根据赵家远亲郭金福表示,家属是获得“指点”,获悉明福想“回家”的意愿。

仪式后,释明圆法师表示,他是协助將明福的“魂”

请回家,並设立牌位,直到他逝世满100天完成圆坟仪式(10月10日)后,下午才“除灵”(去除灵位)。

“到时,明福將与歷代祖先牌位‘合炉’,往后一起祭拜。”

东禪寺住持释觉诚法师特別赠送赵家一个佛首座,让家人可在家诵经,將功德回向明福。

週日是7月16日逝世的赵明福做“七七”,他的父母赵亮辉和张秀花、大姐赵丽君及妹妹赵丽兰、妻子苏淑慧及父母等亲友皆到释迦院祭拜至亲,向明福做最后一次的告別。

家人为明福准备了很多食物,包括素荤两式佳肴、糕点、发糕、水果、饼乾、冰淇淋和月饼等。



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不满反贪会言论‧赵家或再见首相

(马六甲)赵明福妹妹赵丽兰表示,若反贪污委员会继续发表没有根据及不负责任的言论,赵家准备再次与首相拿督斯里纳吉见面,要求他即刻成立一个全面的皇家调查委员会,彻查明福的死因。

“我们感到心痛,当我们日夜期望明福的死因能水落石出时,反贪污委员会主席拿督斯里阿末赛益却发表高度不负责任的言论。”

赵丽兰今日(週日,9月6日)上午在马六甲释迦院祭拜哥哥赵明福“七七”后,向记者发表谈话。

阿末赛益於9月1日告诉《星洲日报》,据他所知,香港廉政公署成立至今,已有10人在受调查期间跳楼,他们也无可奈何。

赵丽兰表示,在反贪污局或反贪污委员会歷史中,没有发生过证人或嫌犯跳楼事件;因此,阿末赛益的言论明显是指,明福是因为承受不了压力而跳楼。

3问题挑战阿末赛益

她说,赵家强烈抗议阿末赛益的言论,並挑战他回答3项问题:

(一)是谁看到赵明福跳楼自杀?
(二)明福由始至终都是被反贪污委员会列为证人,他会面对甚么压力?
(三)当局的盘问是否会造成证人或嫌犯崩溃而跳楼?

另一方面,赵丽兰感谢眾多亲友、公眾、法师及佛教组织,自7月16日以来为明福祈祷、诵经及超渡。



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Friday, September 4, 2009

苏淑慧替爱夫立碑‧明福“已婚”身份入土

(雪兰莪‧士毛月)逝世逾一个半月的赵明福长眠於富贵山庄,今日(週五,9月4日)时家人为他举行立碑仪式。苏淑慧以爱妻身份为明福立碑,让生前还来不及成家的明福带著“已婚”身份入土为安。

按照华人传统习俗,家属必须在亲人逝世后的100天內,为已故者完成立碑、超渡及旺山日仪式。

赵明福於7月16日逝世后,无论是举殯日或安葬在墓园后,名牌上都是写著“赵明福相公”,而这是已逝的未婚人士所使用的称呼。

遗相以隱雕方式呈现

不过,他的未婚妻苏淑慧已在8月15日当天入门,媳妇身份获得宗族的確认,是男方家族的一份子,因此週五才得以以妻子之名为明福立碑,並在墓碑上刻名。

由於学校已开课,身为老师的淑慧必须返回峇都巴辖上班,无法出席週五的立碑仪式,整个仪式由哥哥赵铭基、大姐赵丽君及妹妹赵丽兰代劳。

尚未走出丧儿之痛的赵母张秀花则默默地站或坐在墓园旁,时而望著爱儿的坟墓,时而低头不语,只有在孩子们张罗祭品时才稍微有了动作。


赵家为明福带来鲜果和糕点,也为他烧了一些纸扎品如电视机、轿车、冷气机、衣物、金银等等,整个仪式从早上9时开始至10时30分才结束。

协助赵家完成立碑仪式的富贵集团风水部总经理林致劭披露,他们將为明福进行为期3天的超渡,从週五开始至週日,其家属会在最后一天参与超渡仪式。

此外,家属也必须在10月10日的“旺山日”再回到墓园来,为明福“圆坟”,算是为明福往后的“住所”举行“入伙庆典”。

他补充,明福的遗相有別於一般的照片,反而是仿照一代歌姬白光的遗相一样,以隱雕的方式呈现,凸显明福的面貌。

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

42名反贪会小组成员应召开紧急会议,讨论阿末赛益是否适合继续当反贪会主席,否则他们应促政府革除他的职位!

马来西亚反贪污委员会主席拿督斯里阿末赛益对赵明福于於7月16日活生生的进入反贪会总部14楼,隔天却被发现卧屍在5楼的不明不白事件,表现得冷酷无情。

阿末赛益告诉星洲日报说,据他所知,香港廉政公署成立至今,已有10人在受调查期间跳楼;如果被调查的人承受不了压力跳楼,他们也无可奈何。

阿末赛益的言论显然是把赵明福的死因,归咎於承受不了反贪会调查的压力而自杀,企图以香港廉政公署成立至今,已有10人在受调查期间跳楼自圆其说。

阿末赛益应証明,香港廉政公署成立至今,已有10人在受调查期间跳楼,如果他只是随口说说,却拿不出証据,是一种极不负责任的做法。


此外,在这10宗香港自杀案中,有几人是嫌犯及几人是証人,因为反贪会不断的宣称,赵明福是以証人,而非嫌犯身份被录取口供。

如果阿未赛益拿不出証据証明上述10人自杀,他就应对自己的不负责任言论道歉。

为了推搪赵明福死因的责任,阿末赛益完全漠视了人民对反贪会的盖世太保式查案手法之关注,並表现出对赶明福的死及其家人的悲痛,亳无悔意或同情心。

阿末赛益也应解释,为何反贪会如此不负责任地对赵明福的死因,作出两种推论,一种是他自杀,另一种是他被反贪会以外的人谋杀。

42名反贪会各小组的成员应召开紧急会议,讨论阿末赛益是否适合继续当反贪会主席,否则他们应促政府革除他的职位!

此外,这42名小组成员不应对反贪会不断蔑视向贪污宣战法定目标,却向民联宣战,充当巫统/国阵要推翻民联雪州政府的爪牙做法视若无睹。

林吉祥
民主行动党国会领袖兼怡保东区国会议员
2009年9月2日


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

明福託梦称惨死‧赵家吁知情者助討公道

(马六甲)赵明福於7月16日在雪州反贪污委员会总部离奇坠楼毙命一个多月来,家人一直都在等待他能託梦给任何一人,以“道出”死因,没想到前几天他终於“出现”在家人的梦中。明福的妹妹赵丽兰声称,哥哥託梦告诉家人,他是惨死的,並非自杀。

“我们知道,只要有证据,真相才会真正大白,明福才能討回公道。”

“我们再次恳求任何知情者,能够勇敢的站出来,將真相告知我们的律师哥宾星。”

她也说,家人梦见明福时,明福的样子就如平时一样,至於地点则在亚罗牙也的老家。

“相信明福会回来”

“我相信当真相大白时,明福一定会回来,交代他还未交代的事。”

赵丽兰今日(週日,8月30日)在释迦院,与沙登区国会议员张念群、莲花苑州议员李映霞、沙登行动党党员及明福生前的同事祭拜明福后,在明福的灵位前向记者这样指出。

明福的双亲赵亮辉、张秀花、哥哥明基、大姐丽君及外甥皆给明福上香。

淑慧克制情绪不流泪

明福的骤逝,至今仍教家人痛心欲绝,他的母亲、大姐及妹妹在现场多次落泪,尤其丽兰在向记者提及哥哥被反贪会官员污蔑一事时,更是哽咽落泪,令旁人感到难过。

明福的妻子苏淑慧也在场,但她由始至终都沉著应对,当明福的同事在灵位前唱《友谊永在》及《正义最终会伸张》时,明福的姐妹已哭成泪人,反倒是淑慧这时选择別过头去,凝神望向远方,並且不停的用手中的纸张在脸旁挥搧,似乎在努力克制情绪,不让眼泪溃堤。


“污蔑明福抽佣”
赵家促反贪官道歉


赵明福的妹妹赵丽兰指出,反贪会由始至终都指明福只不过是协助调查案件的证人,现在反贪会官员莫哈末安努亚依斯迈竟然把他说成是涉及抽佣的人,为何要这样污蔑、誹谤明福?

“污蔑一名已不能自辩的人,是恶毒,绝不能令人接受的!”

她说,家人对莫哈末安努亚於8月26日在验尸庭上供证时,指责明福涉及112令吉的抽佣行为,感到极度痛心及不满。

“欧阳捍华行政议员告诉我们,明福是绝对清白的,他说那112令吉其实是明福先前垫出去的一项活动开销,並且拥有文件及证据证明明福是清白的。”

赵丽兰披露,虽然验尸官裁决刪除上述供词,但一些网站媒体已报导莫哈末安努亚的这项指责,这已对明福的清白构成伤害。

“莫哈末安努亚必需拿出证据,否则他应公开道歉。”

谁会为112元典当人格?

沙登区国会议员张念群指出,验尸庭开审以来,不但未还明福一个清白,如今却有人在庭上对明福进行人格谋杀,指明福抽佣112令吉,这是不可原谅的行为。

她认为,发表这番话的反贪委员会官员莫哈末安努亚应该收回言论及道歉。

“明福作为欧扬捍华行政议员的助理,若要抽佣,何止112令吉?谁会为112令吉典当自己的人格?”

她说,之前反贪会只说请明福协助调查,现在却在庭上指他抽佣,等於未审先判,这对明福家人带来严重的伤害。

“验尸庭已开审多日,仍无法解答许多疑问。我们对验尸庭不满,也对皇委会缺乏信心。”

许多疑问未解

另外,张念群也提到,明福出事时,反贪委员会说在凌晨3时许就放了明福,手机也交回了,但为何明福的手机却在2天后,由反贪委员会交给警方?这一点,验尸庭一直没有交代。

她称,目前报章对明福事件的报导篇幅越来越少,但却出现越来越多罗生门,她与代表雪州政府的李映霞这一趟来,主要的是表达大家对家属的关心及支持。

“最重要的是,真相大白。在所有有良知的国民中,明福绝对是清白的人,是一名爱国青年,为了国家赔上的性命。”

雪议员先垫钱办活动

莲花苑州议员李映霞说,在民联接管雪州后,已经改善之前国阵未办活动先拨款的方式,民联掌政后,所有申请拨款者必需在活动结束后,连同活动照片及文件呈上,才能进行拨款程序,而通常是两三个月才会批准。因此先垫钱是常有的事。

她说,反贪会领取纳税人的钱,却没有公平调查,反倒对付民联,若反贪会真的要查拨款,就应去查巴生自由区事件。

“我们严厉谴责反贪委员会偏向人格谋杀,一些人为了爭权,不择手段,已不符民主精神。”

她指出,反贪委员会在明福案件上,骚扰了许多证人,並强迫这些证人指明福去世前,精神已出现问题,让大家觉得很不安。


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Friday, August 28, 2009

Officer: I did not hear people arguing

By WANI MUTHIAH and NURBAITI HAMDAN

SHAH ALAM: A Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer testified that he did not hear people arguing at his office toilet on July 16 – the day Teoh Beng Hock’s body was found.

Mohd Najeib Ahmad Walad, the state MACC assistant enforcement officer, told the inquest into Teoh’s death that he was at the office until 2.30am on that day and the atmosphere had been calm.

His testimony clearly contradicted that of his superior officer Mohd Anuar Ismail on Wednesday that Teoh and Kajang Municipal Council councillor Tan Boon Hwa had apparently argued.

Mohd Anuar, who is the investigating officer of the case, had testified that his colleague Bulkini Paharudin told him Teoh had an argument with Tan at the men’s room at 2am that day.

Teoh, who is the political aide to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was taken to the MACC office on the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 15 to be questioned over alleged irregular disbursement of state funds. He was found dead on the fifth floor the next day.

Mohd Najeib told coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas that Teoh looked uncomfortable and worried when MACC officers paid Ean Yong’s office an impromptu visit on July 15.

Teoh, he said, also appeared troubled while waiting to be questioned at one of the MACC office’s lounge areas.

Questioned by Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, on how he knew that Teoh was worried, he said: “From his body language and facial expression. He was uncomfortable with the MACC officers.”

Gobind: So, if given a chance, he would have left?

Mohd Najeib: I don’t know.

On whether he had asked Teoh why he looked uncomfortable, Mohd Najeib replied he did not care and that it was probably due to his mood that day.

However, he said he would have attended to Teoh if he had complained about something to him.

Asked if force was usually used against those under questioning, he said: “As far as I know, no”.

Gobind: So, are you saying there may be but you don’t know?

Mohd Najeib: Yes.

Replying to counsel holding a watching brief for Ean Yong, Salim Bashir, he agreed that he and his colleagues had not obtained a search warrant before going to the executive councillor’s office.

Salim: Do you agree that it would make them uncomfortable, as they were not prepared to welcome the MACC?

Mohd Najeib: No.

He also said there were no verification documents to prove that several invoices printed by him had come from Teoh’s laptop.

There was no standing order or procedure when checking computers during investigations, he added.

Replying to Gobind earlier, Mohd Najeib admitted he did not remember the password to Teoh’s laptop.

Teoh, he said, had typed in the password himself and had only given him the password to access the CPU seized from his office.

Gobind: So, now if you want to go back to the laptop, you can’t?

Mohd Najeib: I can’t.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

陈文华:爭执的指控是捏造的谎言

加影市议员陈文华郑重否认他在雪州反贪污委员会总部扣留问话期间,曾经和赵明福发生爭执或肢体衝突。

他今日(週四,8月27日)在行动党总部召开的新闻发佈会上说,此项指责是毫无根据且存有恶意,並对他和他的家人造成严重的伤害。

他说,他是自7月15日晚上约9时被带进雪州反贪会总部问话,一直到隔天中午1时35分才被释放。

他指出,当时他大约在晚上10点开始被盘问,一直到凌晨2点多才暂停。

“我当时要求喝水,盘问我的官员就带我到茶水间,喝完水后,我要求打一通电话回家报平安,手机上的时间是凌晨2点30分。”

他透露,这名官员从晚上10点至凌晨2点30分都一直在他身边,而他也不曾去过厕所,所以他认为这名官员指在凌晨2点,看到他与赵明福在厕所发生爭执,完全是一项捏造的谎言。

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Teoh Inquest: Officer asleep during interrogation

By WANI MUTHIAH and NURBAITI HAMDAN

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigating officer in charge of the case involving Teoh Beng Hock admitted that he would not know if the political aide was threatened when he was questioned by the officers.

Mohd Anuar Ismail said this was because he had been asleep most of the time when his subordinates interrogated Teoh in the early hours of July 16.

He said this at the inquest into Teoh’s death when he was cross-examined by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family.

Gobind: During your snooze, you didn’t know what was going on?

Mohd Anuar: The officers briefed me.

Gobind: When you were sleeping, you didn’t know whether there were threats.

Mohd Anuar: I didn’t know.



Teoh, the political secretary to Selangor executive councilor Ean Yong Hian Wah had been summoned to the MACC office at the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam here on July 15 to be questioned over the alleged irregular disbursement of state allocations. He was found dead on the fifth floor the following day.

Mohd Anuar said he did not lodge a report after discovering that Teoh had died but rushed to Putrajaya to consult with his superiors.

Gobind: Your star witness is dead and you didn’t make a police report but got into your car and rushed to Putrajaya? Why did you not call the police?

Mohd Anuar: The situation was panicky as there was a dead person.

Mohd Anuar, 32, also said he had been instructed to go to Putrajaya for further instructions as well as to lodge a police report on July 17 by the Selangor MACC deputy director Hishamuddin Hashim.

Gobind, who wanted to know why Mohd Anuar had left Teoh’s remains “lying there” without even informing the latter’s family, lawyer or boss, suggested he may have done so as there was “something to hide or remove” from the scene.

“I do not agree,” Mohd Anuar replied.


Earlier in the day, Mohd Anuar testified that he did not probe Teoh on his condition during the questioning session with MACC officer Mohd Nadzri Ibrahim at 2am as there was no need to do so.

However, Mohd Anuar who admitted he had gone back to sleep after inquiring if everything was alright, said he noticed that Teoh appeared to be uncomfortable and withholding something when his statement was being recorded.

Mohd Anuar added that he had asked Teoh if everything was okay but Teoh had kept mum.

Asked why he had not tried to find out why Teoh had kept silent and appeared uncomfortable, Mohd Anuar said it had not occurred to him to so.

Gobind also said Teoh’s lawyer M. Manoharan had waited at the MACC office for an hour on July 15 but no one came out to speak to him.

To this, Mohd Anuar said he was not aware that Manoharan had come to the MACC office that day.

On why the questioning had to be carried out throughout the night, Mohd Anuar replied that there was urgency in conducting Teoh’s case given the wide media coverage it had received.

Gobind asked: “You were directed to bring them in and get a confession?”

Mohd Anuar admitted that he had been instructed to do so by Hishamuddin and MACC head of investigation unit Hairul Ilham Hamzah.

The inquest continues today before coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas.

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Memorial Vigil for Teoh Beng Hock (Klang, Selangor)

Memorial Vigil for Teoh Beng Hock
赵明福追悼会

Date: 28th August 2009 (Friday)
日期:2009年8月28日(星期五)

Time: 8.00 pm
时间:晚上8时

Venue: Bangunan Persatuan Hokkien, Klang, Selangor
地点:巴生福建会馆

Speakers/主讲者:
YB Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary Leader and MP for Ipoh Timur
民主行动党国会领袖兼怡保东区国会议员林吉祥

YB Tan Kok Wai, DAP Vice Chairman and MP for Cheras
民主行动党全国副主席兼蕉赖区国会议员陈国伟

YB Teng Chang Khim, Speaker of DUN Selangor and ADUN for Sungai Pinang
民联雪州议会议长兼双溪槟榔区州议员邓章钦

YB Ean Yong Hian Wah, Selangor Exco and ADUN for Seri Kembangan
民联雪州行政议员兼史里肯邦安区州议员欧阳捍华

Khalid Samad, PAS MP for Shah Alam
回教党沙亚南区国会议员卡立沙末

Representatives from PKR
公正党代表

MPs and ADUNs from Klang
巴生区各国州议员

Organised by/ 主办者:
DAP Klang Parliamentary Liaison Committee
民主行动党巴生国会选区联委会

Enquiries/询问: Lee Fu Haw 李富豪(017-6099369)

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Teoh Inquest: Letter names officer and BN leader

By WANI MUTHIAH

KLANG: The mysterious letter which derailed the Teoh Beng Hock inquest on Wednesday purportedly implicates a top-ranking Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer and a state Barisan Nasional leader in the mishap.

The letter, which was published in several news portals, was allegedly written by lower-ranking MACC officers, accusing the two men of having conspired to topple the Selangor government by conducting a witch-hunt of its leaders, which indirectly resulted in Teoh’s tragic death.

It also accused the MACC officer of having protected the politician when he was in power before the Pakatan Rakyat coalition took over Selangor.

According to the letter, the officer had received many kickbacks as payment for his service to the politician.

Counsel representing Teoh’s family, Gobind Singh Deo, tendered in the letter to the coroner after informing him that an individual had handed it to him on Tuesday.

One incriminating accusation in the letter is about the method the officer used as his interrogation technique – by holding the front portion of a person’s belt and lifting him several times before shaking him.

(Government forensic pathologist Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim had opined at the inquest earlier that it was possible that Teoh had been held up by the belt as it had a tear at the buckle region.)

It also said the officer left the office on the first session DNA samples were taken from MACC officers to facilitate investigations into Teoh’s death.

The letter alleged that during the second session, the officer gave his DNA in the privacy of his office instead of the conference room where all the officers, including the state director, had assembled to be swabbed.

“Why was his DNA sample given in secrecy? Was it his own sample that was given? We MACC officers are puzzled why none of the samples extracted matched that of the mysterious male samples (found on Teoh’s blazer and belt),” the letter purportedly asked.

It also recommended that the officer be swabbed again in the presence of people who can be trusted.

The letter alleged that the officer had ordered his subordinates to wipe the window, from where Teoh is believed to have plunged to his death.

The officer was also purportedly the last person to have seen Teoh alive, as he had not punched his card when leaving the office at 6.10am on July 16th.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the politician, who was overseas, said the allegations were baseless. “I have nothing to gain by toppling the Selangor government,” he added.

“I don’t think it’s the work of MACC officers. What are they going to get by making such wild allegations?” he asked.

The inquest into Teoh’s death was adjourned to Monday.

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Mysterious MACC letter: Police asked to investigate (Update)

By CHRISTINA TAN and STEVEN DANIEL

SHAH ALAM: Coroner Azmil Muntapha Abas has instructed the police to investigate the contents of the mysterious letter that was presented at the Teoh Beng Hock inquest on Wednesday.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said that he could not elaborate but added that the police have began an investigation.

The results of the investigation would be sent to the court for the inquest, he said on Friday.

The letter accuses a top-ranking Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer and a state Barisan Nasional leader of having conspired to topple the Selangor government by conducting a witch-hunt of its leaders, which indirectly resulted in Teoh’s tragic death.

On July 15, Teoh was taken in for questioning by the MACC as a witness in its investigation into the alleged abuse of constituency funds by certain elected representatives in the state.

Teoh, 30, was the political secretary of state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Teoh’s body was found the next day on the fifth floor of the Plaza Masalam building the next day. The MACC has its office on the 14th floor of the building.

The Cabinet agreed to the inquest into the death after a public outcry.

In KUALA LUMPUR earlier Friday, MACC deputy director Datuk Abu Kassim said the Commission would have to determine if the mysterious letter presented at the inquest on Wednesday is the same as the one which has been published on numerous portals and blogs.

He said the MACC, which has yet to get a copy of the letter presented at the inquest, has to see if it is one and the same as the version which has been published online.

“If they match, we will let the police and our internal complaints board investigate,” he said.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Teoh Inquest : Mysterious letter appears

SHAH ALAM: A letter containing 'a handful of names' with details relevant to the inquest was received by Gobind Singh Deo.

Gobind, who is holding a watching brief for political aide Teoh Beng Hock's family, said someone handed him the letter after the hearing on Tuesday.

He said the five-page typed letter had 'a handful of names' and material facts and circumstances relevant to the inquest.

He, however, said the letter was dated Aug 5.

During Wednesday's proceedings, Gobind said he wanted the letter investigated and had informed Teoh's family accordingly.

He said the letter contained explicit details of significance to the inquest.

Tan Hock Chuan, the lawyer representing the Attorney-General's Chambers, said the prosecution has no objection for further investigation to be carried out.

"All of us are interested to know the truth. These are allegations that must be investigated by police. Let the police investigate to verify the truth or otherwise of the allegations."

It is learnt that the coroner and all interested parties viewed the letter earlier in the afternoon.

The inquest then adjourned to Monday afternoon.

Here is an account of what transpired in the court:

3.50pm: Outside the courtroom Gobind told reporters the letter was typed in "five to six pages." He says it was handed to him by someone who approached him outside the court yesterday. However, the letter was dated Aug 5.

"A handful of names are mentioned in the letter," he said.

3.45pm: The inquest adjourns to Monday afternoon.

3.25pm: Gobind says matters raised in the letter clearly relate to material facts and circumstances relevant to the inquest.

He says he is making an application to the court for the letter to be investigated and has informed Teoh's family accordingly.

Tan Hock Chuan, for the Attorney-General's Chambers, said the prosecution has no objection for further investigation to be carried out. "All of us are interested to know the truth. These are allegations that must be investigated by police. Let the police investigate to verify the truth or otherwise of the allegations."

It is learnt that the coroner and all interested parties viewed the letter earlier in the afternoon.

3.20pm: Gobind said a letter was handed to him after yesterday's proceedings. He said the letter contained explicit details which are of significance to the inquest.

3.15pm: Gobind Singh Deo says Teoh's family is in the court. He said there is a new development to the case.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Teoh Inquest: Focus on facial injuries

By WANI MUTHIAH

SHAH ALAM: Teoh Beng Hock had facial injuries and it is possible that they were caused by beating, an inquest into his death was told.

Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim, the Klang Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital (HTAR) senior consultant pathologist, also said the political aide had injuries in his anus, adding it was possible that such an injury could have been caused when he was beaten with a blunt wooden object.

Replying to counsel representing the Selangor government Malik Imtiaz Sarwar on the facial injuries, he said it was possible it was due to a beating.

Malik Imtiaz had suggested to Dr Khairul Azman that if the facial injuries were caused by Teoh’s fall from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam, it depended on how he landed onto the building’s fifth floor service corridor.

Teoh had severe multiple injuries which included a perforated anus, broken ribs, fractured ribs, limbs, and skull as well as various bruises and lacerations.

Probed by Malik Imtiaz over the anal injury, Dr Khairul Azman said the injury could have occurred as Teoh’s sacrum bone (located at the base of the spine) was fractured in the fall.

(Caption: Ready for court: Dr Khairul Azman arriving at the witness room at the Shah Alam court for Teoh Beng Hock’s inquest Monday.)

Malik Imtiaz: Is it possible for the anal injuries to have occurred before the fall and made worse by the fall?

Dr Khairul Azman: Possible.

Malik Imtiaz: Is it possible that this can be seen as a penetration wound?

Dr Khairul Azman, who admitted he had not carried out specific examinations to determine if the rectum was transacted or lacerated, again said the injury could be due to a fragmented sacrum bone.

He added that the trousers would have had a hole instead of a tear if it was indeed a penetration wound.

Malik Imtiaz: What if when this was done, the trousers were taken off?

Dr Khairul Azman: There would be bleeding.

Malik Imtiaz: There was bleeding?

Dr Khairul Azman: Yes.

Earlier, Dr Khairul Azman, replying to counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family, said such an injury could also be caused when beaten with a blunt wooden object.

Gobind: If he was hit with a blunt and flat object, is it a possibility that he did not have his pants on at the time?

Dr Khairul Azman: Yes, possible.

To whether the injuries could have occurred if one fell from a high altitude and landed flat, Dr Khairul Azman said the injury would have occurred when the posterior took a very hard knock upon landing.

Gobind: In that case the theory that injury was on the right leg does not makes sense.

(Last week, Dr Khairul Azman said Teoh could have landed on his feet with the right leg taking the bulk of the impact.)

To Malik Imtiaz’s question on whether he could say whether there were injuries before the fall, he said: “If there’s evidence such as blood or any other clear signs, only then can I say there is a possibility that it is a homicide.”

Malik Imtiaz also asked if the scratches on Teohs hands resembled fingernail marks.

Dr Khairul Azman said that there was a possibility.

Malik Imtiaz: Is it possible that when he was being held out of the window to scare him, and as he fell, someone grabbed him by the hand and the watch came off, because we never found the watch. Is there a possibility?

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Doc: I did not speak to MACC officers

SHAH ALAM: A senior government pathologist testified that he interviewed Teoh Beng Hock’s family but admitted that he did not speak to any Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission officers to help formulate his opinion.

Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim told the inquest into the political aide’s death that he had interviewed the relatives to have a better understanding of what may have happened on the day he died.

He said he spoke to Teoh’s elder brother, younger sister and fiance to know when was the last time they saw him alive.

Replying to counsel Gobind Singh Deo, who is keeping a watching brief for Teoh’s family, Dr Khairul Azman said he had wanted to know Teoh’s state of mind and if he had suicidal tendencies.

“Did you ask the family if he had psychological problems, medical problems, drinking, alcohol and smoking problems?” asked Gobind. “Yes, he had none,” Dr Khairul Azman said.

He said Teoh’s brother told him that his brother was an open person who liked to discuss things.

When Dr Khairul Azman insinuated that Teoh might have been embarrassed for making a mistake, Gobind said: “Be careful. You don’t know from the background.

“There’s no reason for him to commit suicide. What about the other aspect of him being murdered? Isn’t it equally important to question the MACC officers as well?”

Dr Khairul Azman replied that it was the duty of the police to speak with the MACC officers.

When Gobind said he was not in a position to rule out the possibility of a homicide as he did not probe the MACC officers, Dr Khairul Azman said: “I do not have proof to support that a homicide had taken place.”

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He may have been alive momentarily

SHAH ALAM: Teoh Beng Hock may have been alive momentarily when he landed on the fifth floor service corridor of Plaza Masalam after falling from the 14th floor.

This was revealed when counsel representing the Bar Council Rajpal Singh questioned forensic pathologist Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim about Teoh’s palms, which were clenched.

“Maybe he was in pain. It is possible he was alive and felt intense pain and clenched his fists before he died,” Dr Khairul Azman told the inquest into Teoh’s death.

Rajpal asked Dr Khairul Azman if there was a possibility that Teoh was semi-conscious when he fell as he had not bitten or bruised his tongue due to impact of the fall.

Earlier, counsel representing the Selangor government Malik Imtiaz Sarwar showed Dr Khairul Azman a picture of Teoh’s left hand and asked whether it indicated cadaveric spasm.

(Cadaveric spasm is a type of stiffening of the muscles that occurs at the moment of death and is usually associated with violent deaths.)

Dr Khairul Azman said there was a possibility that it was, adding that Teoh may have also tried to grab on to something when falling.

Malik Imtiaz: Are you suggesting that he was conscious when he fell?

Dr Khairul Azman: Yes, there are signs.

Malik Imtiaz: Based on the fracture report, there doesn’t seem to be any injury to the wrists. Is there a possibility that there were no reaction?

Dr Khairul Azman: Possibly.

Questioned by counsel Gobind Singh Deo, Dr Khairul Azman said Teoh’s remains were found “a good distance away” from the window as evidence indicated that he had jumped off the building.

“We have to consider several things. If there were a struggle, there would have been signs. If pushed, he would have plunged straight down and not at the distance his body was found.”

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Pathologist under fire for DNA contamination theory

By Debra Chong

SHAH ALAM, Aug 17 — The government pathologist who last week suggested Teoh Beng Hock committed suicide came under fire from lawyers again today over his insistence that crucial DNA material to the inquest was contaminated on the autopsy table.

Dr Khairul Aznam Ibrahim, who had carried out the autopsy on the DAP political aide the day after he was found dead, had earlier testified that the unknown DNA profiles of at least two men found on Teoh's coat and belt were highly likely the result of “contamination” of the autopsy table at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) in Klang near here.

The lawyer for the Selangor government, Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, seemed to find the senior medical forensic expert's theory incredulous, especially after the latter told the coroner's court today that he had was not even in the room when Teoh's clothes were removed.

He quizzed Dr Khairul if the hospital attendants who did it wore gloves.

Dr Khairul said they did.

Puzzled, Malik asked the pathologist to explain how the contamination could then have taken place.

“During removal, the plastic was taken out. During that process, it might have happened,” Dr Khairul replied, adding that the attendants could have placed the clothes on a contaminated table while photographing one by one the items removed from Teoh's body.

The lawyer did not buy the pathologist's theory and kept pressing him for certainty, referring him to a photograph of the belt, which showed it coiled and standing upright on its edges without the flat part, where swabs were later taken, touching the surface of the table.

Malik: You're not sure there was contamination?

Dr Khairul: I'm sure there was contamination.

Malik: Based on what? You're saying the hospital in Klang contaminated the exhibits? You were not involved in the removal of the clothing. So would you agree that you're speculating?

Dr Khairul: It could have happened that way.

Exasperated, the usually mild-mannered Malik blew up for the second time today.

“You're speculating! Only tell us what you know,” the lawyer cried.

“I'm wondering why you are taking steps to undermine the facts,” he asked.

In a tight voice, Malik asked the pathologist again if he knew, for a fact — here he paused, stressing the word — that the autopsy table was contaminated.

“I don't know,” Dr Khairul answered in a low voice.

At the onset of the inquest, the coroner was told by government DNA expert Dr Seah Lay Hong that she had found samples of foreign DNA on the back of Teoh's coat and on his belt, which belonged to at least two men, seeming to raise the public's suspicions of foul play.

She had run tests on 157 individuals, including 81 anti-graft officers believed to be from the investigation team quizzing Teoh over alleged misuse of state money, and failed to find a match to the DNA, which remains a mystery to today.

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提100种明福死亡可能性‧凯鲁供词模稜两可

第10证人法医凯鲁供词模稜两可,上週五(8月14日)才说赵明福可能跳楼自杀,今日(週一,8月17日)忽然转口指赵明福有可能被人拋下楼。

週一验尸庭续审,凯鲁在庭上供证时,对“赵明福之死”提出100种可能性,包括明福可能跳楼、被推下楼,引来家属、雪州政府及律师公会三造代表律师的不满。

他一时说赵明福有可能在清醒、不清醒,甚至是半清醒的时候被拋下楼,出於本能反应,以致他死后双手紧紧握住。

过后他转口说:“也可能他掉落地面还没死亡,由於感到十分痛,他才会双手紧紧握住。”

当律师公会代表律师南士巴星问到,赵明福右腹的磨损痕跡有可能是手指甲造成的,可能有人拉扯他的腰带,企图拋他下楼。

他也认同这个可能性,过后又说可能是裤子拉链所擦伤,在律师的反驳下,接著他说:“任何可能性都有的。”

转口指伤口或坠楼前存在

法医凯鲁在较早前供证时指赵明福身体没有挣扎伤痕,他评断所有伤口是坠楼所致。但是,於週一却向雪州政府代表律师马力承认,赵明福身体上的伤口可能在坠楼前已存在。

凯鲁此言一出,令到外表斯文的马力也忍不住怒斥他说:“不懂就说不懂,你不能自己去揣测,你知道自己的供词有多重要吗?”

问答:

马力:你曾说尸体没有自卫及挣扎痕,5时30分在反贪会茶水间有人看见他,死者左手腕出现伤痕,有可能是指甲抓伤的吗?

凯鲁:有可能。

马力:有可能是有人拉扯他的左手的手錶时所造成的吗?

凯鲁:你说有可能的话,就有可能。

马力:假设死者在沉睡中,有人抓住他的手將他拋下楼,导致手錶脱落,令手錶遗失?

凯鲁:有可能。

马力:你说死者腰带出现超过两个人的DNA,可能是警员或鑑证组处理尸体时,不小心造成污染,这个可能性不大,因为他们都会戴上手套。

凯鲁:我推测在打开遮盖尸体塑胶袋、拍摄尸体、搬运尸体可能受到污染。

马力:你没看到事实,只是推测?难道没有官员通知你尸体受到污染?

凯鲁:就是这样发生的。

马力: “你根本不知道原因,对吗?”

凯鲁低下头,细声回答:“是的”

没验结肠是否有残余食物

南巴士星:死者有可能被人抓住腰带拋出窗外吗?

凯鲁:如果是这样,腰带將被扯断,但是腰带完好在死者身上。

南巴士星:不管腰带有没扯断,死者被人抓住腰带才会出现抓痕?

凯鲁:有可能。

南巴士星:死者的手没打开,牙齿没有咬紧,可能是半昏迷吗?

凯鲁:有可能,也可能他忍住痛楚,我们不会知道的。

南巴士星:你是说赵明福著地后,依然活著,而且很痛苦,才会双手紧握住?

凯鲁:可能。

南巴士星:赵明福坠楼前,可能是不清醒或半清醒的,才被他人推下来?

凯鲁:他可能是不清醒的,但是根据我的经验,他也可能是清醒的,如果他被两个人拉扯及推下楼,衣服会有痕跡。

南巴士星:你有检验过赵明福的结肠是否有残余食物,以確定他多久没进食?

凯鲁:没有,即使有检验也无法验出,通常只能找到辣椒种子。

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面对各造律师假设‧法医未完全否定他杀

(雪兰莪‧沙亚南)虽然为赵明福进行解剖的法医凯鲁供证时已推断死者是自杀身亡,不过,他今日(週一,8月17日)在验尸庭面对各造代表律师提出的他杀假设时,却没有完全否定有关可能性。

当律师询及死者有否可能在失去意识下坠楼、身上的部份伤痕是否在坠楼前已造成、手上的伤痕是否是被指甲抓伤、是否有人企图把死者推向窗边恐嚇死者而造成意外,以及死者是否曾与人挣扎等假设性问题时,凯鲁一律回答:“有可能。”

雪州政府代表律师马力英迪亚为证明死者坠楼前已受伤,包括死者的肛门处受伤是在坠楼前已造成,而向证人假设死者在坠楼时臀部是没有直接著地,而是胸部直接撞击地面,凯鲁的回答还是一句:“有可能。”

“如果你的问题是问有没有可能性,我只能说有可能。”

哥宾星不满供词反復

此外,赵明福家属代表律师哥宾星对於凯鲁反復不一的供词深表不满,並直言无法尊敬他的判断。

他说,凯鲁上週五供证时指出,死者是自己爬出窗外,坐在窗槛上跳下楼,但週一又说死者是直接跃下楼,显然证人对於自己的假设有不同的立场。

“你说不可能有人强拉死者的裤带,导致死者裤子破裂及裤带断裂,因为这样的话裤带的末端会掉落,但你不排除有人强拉死者的裤腰,导致死者的裤带断裂。

“你同意有可能有人在死者坠楼前强拉死者的裤腰,但又说如果有发生推撞情况,死者应该是垂直坠下楼,而不是臥尸在离大厦较远的地方;不过,你之前说过死者可能在坠楼的过程中碰撞到其他东西导致身体弹到较远的地方,那你岂不是推翻自己的推论?”

哥宾星说,凯鲁每次都对有不同的立场,自相矛盾。

法医推断明福凌晨5时半死亡

法医凯鲁阿兹曼推断,赵明福的死亡时间,可能早至7月16日早上5时30分。

不过,他指出,死者较保守的死亡时间,应该是早上6时30分之后,因为在6时左右,还有人看到死者活动。

他表示,人死后遗体將在2至3小时后开始僵硬,在6至8小时后,就將完全僵硬。

“我在7月17日中午12时,为死者解剖,也发现他的肾臟开始腐烂,因此我推断,赵明福的死亡时间为7月16日早上5时30分。”

另一方面,他表示,在死者的胃里,他只发现褐色的液体,没有其他食物,他相信死者在死前,至少有4小时没有进食。

他指出,这也可以证明,赵明福在死前挨饿。

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Teoh Inquest Day 9: 'Facial injuries may be due to beating'

02:00pm: Inquest adjourns to Tuesday morning after intense questioning of the various injuries noted in the post mortem.

12:49pm: Malik Imtiaz put forward a hypothesis; that Teoh was surrounded by individuals - a form of scare tactic - before he fell. When he fell someone grabbed his hand and snapped his wristwatch as the watch is yet to be found.

Malik: Is there a possibility that the scratches on Teoh's wrist could have been caused by someone who held the wrist with the watch?

Khairul: Yes, there is a possibility

12:25pm: Dr Khairul says there is a possibility that the injuries on Teoh's face could have been caused by beating.

11:47am: To a question by Malik, Dr Khairul says that Teoh was conscious when he fell, based on spasm signs in his left hand. This indicates he had tried to grab something when he fell.

11.33am: Court resumes. Khairul takes stand again. Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, representing Selangor government is questioning him.

10:47am: Coroner's court takes a break.

10:10am: Dr Khairul complains to Coroner that Gobind is "playing with words", after persistent questioning by Gobind. Gobind retorts that he asked straight questions five times but did not get straight answers.

10:00am: Gobind says that as Dr Khairul had not interviewed MACC officers, he was not privy to evidence that excluded the possibility of homicide. But Dr Khairul insists that there was no evidence of homicide.

09:50am: Gobind asks Dr Khairul why he did not question MACC officers. Dr Khairul responded that it was not his job and he relied on information from the police.

09:40am: Dr Khairul says he questioned three of Teoh's family members - brother, younger sister and fiance - to determine if Teoh had any psychological, medical, drug or smoking problem. The family members had told him that Teoh did not have any of those problems.

09:31am: Dr Khairul agrees with Gobind's suggestion that a psychological background check on Teoh was important to determine if the cause of death was suicide.

09:15am: 10th witness Dr Khairul Azman Ibrahim, senior consultant from Forensic Department of Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah, Klang, takes the stand again and is examined by Gobind Singh Deo.

09:13am: Coroner’s court convenes for ninth day of inquest.

SHAH ALAM: The inquest into the death of Teoh Beng Hock enters its ninth day.

Teoh, 30, who was political secretary to Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on July 16 on the fifth floor corridor of Plaza Masalam, after giving a statement in an investigation into alleged abuse of state government funds.

The Coroner is Azmil Mustapha Abas and Tan Hock Chuan is the lawyer appointed by the Government to assist the Coroner.

Gobind Singh Deo is holding a watching brief for Teoh’s family while Malik Imtiaz Sarwar is representing the Selangor government.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tea ceremony formally welcomes Soh into Teoh’s family

Story and picture by CHEN PELF YEEN

ALOR GAJAH: Family members of Teoh Beng Hock and his 28-year-old fiancee Soh Cher Wei partook in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to formally recognise her as his wife.

The solemn ceremony, which began at 11am, at Teoh’s home in Taman Sri Kelemak, Alor Gajah, yesterday, saw both elation and grief from the two families.

Soh, who is currently in the first trimester of her pregnancy, was seen quietly sobbing as she offered tea to Teoh’s parents seated before her.

She then served tea to other senior members of Teoh’s family at the small and private ceremony attended only by close relatives.

Earlier, as part of the ceremony, Soh had also offered prayers to Teoh’s ancestors.


Teoh’s siblings later presented Soh with a gold ring and bracelet, which his younger sister Lee Lan, 29, helped to put on.

When met later, Soh, who had recently cut her hair short, said she had not dreamt of Teoh or his spirit returning to visit her since his death.

“No, I have not dreamt of him. I suppose he has not returned to visit me as he might be feeling guilty for leaving me,” she said, adding that she wished he would return to tell her the truth behind his death.

“I decided to cut my hair short to begin a new life,” she said, adding that she had since moved back to her family in Batu Pahat, Johor, and was now teaching in a Chinese primary school in Ayer Hitam.

Soh said both Teoh and her had picked Oct 3, which is also the date of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival for their wedding, before his death on July 16.

Former Kota Melaka MP Kerk Kim Hock, who is related to Teoh’s family, clarified that the ceremony was not the traditional Chinese afterworld wedding that Soh had earlier expressed her wish for.

“This is just a simple and meaningful ceremony to mark the recognition and acceptance of Soh as the daughter-in-law of the Teoh family,” he said, adding that both families had also agreed for their relationship to be recognised through the ceremony.

Teoh, who was the political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, died on July 16 after falling from the 14th floor of Plaza Masalam in Shah Alam, where the state Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office was located.

He died hours after being interviewed by MACC officers as a witness in an investigation into the disbursement of state funds.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

苏淑慧以“赵家媳妇”身份祭祖敬茶

(马六甲)已故赵明福妻子苏淑慧今日(週六,8月15日)以“赵家媳妇”身份祭祖,並敬茶给公婆,意味著她与腹中孩子身份受到確认,正式成为赵家一份子。

虽然这是一场婚事,但却因为新郎赵明福已不在,气氛悲喜交集,难掩心中难过的出席者,不禁在旁偷偷拭泪。

脂粉未施的苏淑慧,週六早上身穿黑色连身裙及白色小外套,神態平静地在赵妈妈张秀花指导下,完成祭拜祖先、天公、佛祖菩萨、土地公及灶君仪式。

祭拜仪式以福建永春籍贯风俗进行,所供奉的两类素荤食品包括菜肴、包点、发糕及各种具有“永春色彩”的传统喜饼。

祭拜仪式过后,苏淑慧先后敬茶给家翁赵亮辉及家婆张秀花、明福大舅张顺德、大姨张秀凤、三舅张清炎及四舅张清火,再接受幼辈敬茶。

在敬茶期间,独自一人进行所有仪式的苏淑慧,似乎再也难掩心中悲伤,频频拭泪,同时试图控制自己情绪,以儘快恢復平静,令旁人为之心酸。

这场仪式是在週六早上10时许於马六甲亚罗牙也赵明福老家举行,赵苏两家眾多亲戚出席观礼,除了赵明福二姐丽婷身在新加坡无法出席外,哥哥明基、大姐丽君和妹妹丽兰、苏淑慧父母苏炳泉和郑鈺叶、2名妹妹、2名弟弟、2名外甥及1名姑姑等,皆有出席这场仪式。

同时,赵家姐妹联合赠送首饰给淑慧,代表欢迎弟媳及嫂嫂入门的一份心意。

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The bride wore black

By Debra Chong

ALOR GAJAH, Aug 15 – The cheeks of the young children were stained with chocolate as they munched on Pocky chocolate-coated sticks while weaving in and out of the many legs that crowded the tiny living room in Teoh Beng Hock's family home here late this morning. Their eyes rounded in wonder.

A table in front of the family altar was laden with cakes and other traditional delicacies, including several kinds of sticky fried sweets peculiar to the Hokkien community during weddings only.

But nobody moved to help themselves to the food. They were waiting.

Soh Cher Wei arrived with her parents and siblings at her late fiance's home close to 11am. Today marked the day she would be formally inducted into the Teoh family, even if her intended no longer stood by her side.

The primary school teacher got engaged to the political secretary to first-term DAP Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah while he was a reporter with a Chinese daily, after a two-year courtship.

Cher Wei, who recently transferred back to her family home in Batu Pahat, was met at the door by Beng Hock's mother, Teng Shuw Hor, 56, and handed a bundle of lit joss sticks, smelling faintly of sandalwood.

Both made their way barefooted to the porch where a small, roofed shrine stood in a corner. Hands clasping the joss sticks, they bowed their heads in respect of the sky god before planting a few into a pot inside.

They returned to the main altar where Cher Wei continued her obeisance to Beng Hock's ancestors and family deities even as a slow Buddhist song played on softly in the background.

The all-important tea ceremony that followed next was highly-charged.

Cher Wei, dressed in a thin, knitted white cardigan over a knee-length black dress, knelt down alone in front of Beng Hock's parents and offered them a cup of tea each.

They accepted with both hands, drained the bitter brew, and completed the Chinese custom welcoming their younger son's wife into the family by handing her the traditional red packet.

The tears that glittered as they slid down her thin, pale cheeks were the only adornment on her face as Cher Wei greeted her weeping new in-laws, especially when 29-year-old Teoh Lee Lan, Beng Hock's youngest sister, slipped a bright gold band onto the ring finger on her right hand, marking her new status.


The 28-year-old would have exchanged rings with Beng Hock himself on July 16 instead of through a proxy had things turned out differently.

As matters stand, Cher Wei who is in her first trimester, is still waiting for word from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on whether her unborn child will be allowed to bear the Teoh family name on the birth certificate.

In Malaysia, a newborn's father has to be physically present and produce the marriage certificate before his name can be recorded on the birth certificate. In the absence of one, the space for the father's name is left blank.

But with today's ceremony over, Beng Hock's sweetheart now holds the right to have her name engraved on his gravestone at the Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih as his wife in accordance to Chinese custom, said Kerk Kim Hock, a distant uncle related by marriage to the deceased.

Kerk, who was formerly DAP's secretary-general, was acting as spokesman for the still-grieving family.

Beng Hock and Cher Wei had originally planned to tie the knot on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, a very romantic date according to the Chinese calendar as it marks Mid-Autumn Festival Day, which falls on October 3 this year.

The ceremony was brought forward to today, coincidentally the 15th day of the eight month in the Western calendar, to accommodate cultural sensitivities.

The Chinese believe that the soul of a deceased person remains in the human plane for seven weeks before departing for the next world.

They also believe the soul will take this chance to send a last message to his beloved and his family through their dreams.

Tomorrow marks the fourth week exactly since Beng Hock's funeral. Yet no one in the family has dreamt of Beng Hock.

“We want to dream of him. But we are too sad,” said Lee Lan, bright-eyed with unshed tears.

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