Monday, July 20, 2009

malaysiakini - NOT Surprised at PUBLIC's Scepticism about POLICE Probe

I am not surprised at the public response to the police probe into the death of the late Teoh Beng Hock who was found dead soon after being detained by the MACC.
This malaysiakini article shows how deep is the mistrust of the public about getting a fair result from the police who are in the position of probing another enforcement branch of the government.
The police itself is under a dark cloud after the Kugan murder and the lack of progress in that case has probably resulted in the distrust of most government agencies to act without fear or favour.
The way everything is referred to the Cabinet for an ultimate decision gives the perception that things need to be cleared for justice to proceed.
Ultimately it means the government wants to make sure they can control the damage. This is a poor substitute for justice to the deceased.
One way in which this type can death can be prevented is to make it mandatory for the authorities to hand over a witness or a suspect into the hands of an authorised person like a lawyer or a family member.

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