Friday, July 31, 2009

Facebook poll on Teoh's death

By Sebastian Loh

Malaysiakini has launched a Facebook poll to gauge public sentiments on the government proposed royal commission set up to probe the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

The poll, which commenced on July 28, has so far drawn nearly 400 voters as of 2pm today.

An overwhelming majority felt that the commission's terms of reference should be expanded in order to get to the bottom of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death.

A link to the poll was sent to all Malaysiakini Facebook group members, but other Facebook users could also vote.

Respondents were asked for their opinion on the investigation. They were allowed to either express satisfaction with the government's proposed inquest and royal commission; propose that the royal commission's terms of reference be expanded to cover the cause(s) of Teoh's death; state that the inquest and royal commission are not necessary and that the police can handle the case by themselves; or choose a blank option ("Others") and state their suggestions in the poll's comment section.

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So what do those who voted for "Others" want to say?

Respondent Ivy Mok said, "It doesn't really matter who is going to investigate this. The result will be what the wise men want and may not be the truth."

Another participant, Boon Jin Tek, is in agreement, "If we look at this logically, if the notion is that the BN government is using MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) to attack PKR, would a royal commission or any inquest by the same people yield any positive results?

"I wonder if it is possible for a neutral party, i e some investigative institution from the Commonwealth or the UN (to investigate Teoh's death)."

Teoh died on July 16 after he was grilled by MACC Selangor officers into the wee hours of the morning.

He is said to have plunged to his death from the 14th floor-MACC Selangor office in Plaza Masalam.

He was questioned over the corruption allegations against his boss and Selangor exco Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Go here to vote and/or view the full results of the poll.

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