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Friday, January 28, 2011

126 : RCI Must Establish Cause of Teoh’s Death and Have Credible Members to show Najib’s sincerity

Civil Society Joint Statement              2011-01-11
No Lame Duck!

RCI Must Establish Cause of Teoh’s Death and Have Credible Members to show Najib’s sincerity

We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) say “NO” to the “lame duck” Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the late Teoh Beng Hock which Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak intends to set up.

We demand that the RCI to be given specific and comprehensive Terms of Reference [TOR] to clear all doubts pertaining to Beng Hock’s mysterious and torturous death.

We fully support the position of the Malaysians for Beng Hock Movement that the TOR of the proposed RCI must include the following:

a.      Investigating thoroughly and identifying the cause of Beng Hock’s death, especially identifying the cause of bruise which appeared on his neck.

b.      Reviewing and reforming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation protocols to be in line with human rights standards and international best practices.    

c.      Identifying the political, administrative and criminal responsibility of all individuals or institutions whose decisions and acts had directly or indirectly led to the death of Teoh Beng Hock and recommending specific actions to charge or penalize these individuals;

d.      Investigating into other allegations of torture, illegal detention and other misconducts by MACC if and when necessary and proposing reforms in the formal procedures of and actual practices in MACC investigation and interrogation.

In upholding the cardinal principle of transparency, we demand that the Report of the RCI and all related documents be made available to the public, without conditions.

Transparent Appointment of RCI Members
In order to show his sincerity in seeking the truth and justice, the Prime Minister has to ensure transparency and independence in the selection and appointment of RCI members.
The selection panel must include representatives of the Teoh family, Bar Council, Selangor State Government and human rights community to ensure full consultation and credibility.   

We strongly urge the government to appoint only individuals who meet the following criteria to the RCI:
  • Is an outstanding and professional figure with high integrity
  • Has a proven track record of defending human rights
  • Has relevant experience in the area of human rights, law enforcement, judiciary and non-governmental activism.
In this regard, we fully support the list of potential commissioners proposed by the Malaysians for Beng Hock Movement as follows:

Tun Musa Hitam
Former Deputy Prime Minister and the first  chairperson of Malaysia Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM)
Raja Aziz Addruse
Former Bar Council president and former president of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam)
N.H. Chan
Former Court of Appeal judge
Tun Haniff Omar
Former Inspector General of Police
Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan
Former Bar Council president and awarded International Women of Courage 2009
Dr. Irene Fernandez
Director of NGO Tenaganita and awarded Right Livelihood Award in 2005
A medical professional upon consultation of Malaysian Medical Association (MMA), its ex-president Dr Ronald McCoy (a human rights defender) and other members of the medical community.   

We urge the Federal Government not to finalise the RCI and announce its membership without consulting the Teoh family, Bar Council, Selangor State Government and human rights community. Otherwise, the RCI will be seen as a public relations exercise of the Federal Government, with its independence and credibility called into question even before embarking on its task.

Initiated by :

The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
Endorsed by :   (updated till 2011.01.11, 2pm)

  1. The KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  2. Amnesty International Malaysia
  3. Pusat Pembangunan Kebudayaan LLG
  5. Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia
  6. Jemaah Islah Malaysia
  7. Islamic Renaissance Front Malaysia
  8. Persekutuan Alumni Han Chiang Malaysia
  9. Group of Concern Citizen
  10. KOMAS
  11. JERIT
  12. Malaysia Students' Association In Taiwan
  13. All Women Action Society of Malaysia,AWAM
  14. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia
  15. Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia
  16. Gabungan Mahasiswa islam Se-Malaysia
  17. Gerakan Demokratik Mahasiswa dan Pemuda Malaysia
  1. Kesatuan Mahasiswa New Era Kolej
  2. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor,Empower
  3. Persatuan Prihantin Komuniti Kuala Lumpur & Selangor,PRIHATIN
  4. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan,PERMAS
  1. Bahagian Pemuda Persatuan Char Yong S’gor dan Wilayah Persekutuan
  1. Bahagian Wanita Dewan Perhimpunan Cina KL & S’gor
  2. Persatuan Wui Leng Kuala Lumpur & Selangor
  3. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM Selangor & KL
  4. Persatuan Alumni Nam Hiang KL
  5. Bhg Pemuda Persatuan Alumni Sekolah Serdang
  6. Jawatankuasa Bertindak Peneroka Bandar Jalan Papan
  1. Persatuan Penduduk Tmn Muhibbah Seri Kembangan
  1. Jawatankuasa Penduduk Zon 23 MPSJ
  2. Persatuan Alumni Kampung Sekolah Ampang
  3. Persatuan Singa Naga Jin Ying Ampang
  4. Gerakan Mahasiswa UPM
  5. Gerakan Mahasiswa UUM
  6. Gerakan Mahasiswa USM
  7. University Malaya New Youth Association
  8. Youth For Change, Y4C
  9. Penggerak Belia Zon 23,MPSJ
  10. Bahagian Pemuda Persatuan Hokkien WP & S’gor
  11. Youth Section of Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall
  12. Youth Section of Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall
  1. Persekutuan Persatuan-Persatuan Bekas Pelajar-Pelajar
      Sekolah-Sekolah China Johor
  1. Persatuan Alumni Taiwan,Johor Bahru
  2. Kelab Penyokong SJKC Damansara Kluang
  3. Penang Watch
  4. Jawatankuasa Penaja SUARAM Kluang
  5. Perak Youth Graduate Association
  6. Gabungan Murid-Murid Sekolah-Sekolah Menengah Persendirian Perak
  1. Persatuan Murid-Murid Tua Sekolah Menengah Shen Jai
  2. Bahagian Pemuda Persataun Keturunan Ng's Perak
  3. Persatuan Hopo Kawasan Bidor, Perak
  4. Penang Chinese Independent Schools' Education Society
  1. Persatuan Alumni Han Chiang Pulau Pinang
  2. Chung Hwa School Union
  3. Kong Min School Old Pupils Association
  4. Persatuan Kawan Karib Pulau Pinang
  5. Pertubuhan Bekas Murid Sekolah Pei Yu, Seberang Perai Utara
  1. Persatuan Murid-Murid Tua Sekolah Tong Sian
  2. Youth Section of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
  3. Persatuan Bekas Murid-Murid Han Chiang Seberang Perai
  4. Persatuan Bekas Murid Sekolah Seng Keo Butterworth
  5. Li Hwa School Ex-Pupils Association Butterworth
  6. New Era College Alumni Association
  7. WAMI
  8. Lawyer for Liberty
  9. Free Public Forum
  10. Red Rose Youth Centre
  11. Persatuan Ann Kooi Hulu Selangor
  12. Persatuan Murid-murid Tua Sekolah Kuen Cheng KL
  13. The Federation of Chinese Associations, Johore State
  14. Sarawak Central Region Friendship Association
  15. Student Progressive Front NEC,SPFNEC
  16. Persatuan Bahasa Tiong Hua USM
  17. Persatuan Bahasa Cina UM
  18. Persatuan Bahasa Tiong Hua UUM
  19. Persatuan Bahasa Tiong Hua UPM
  20. Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia SMM
  21. Gabungan Anak Muda & Pelajar GAMP 
  22. Sarawak Dayak Iban Association  SADIA
  23. Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia  BRIMAS
  24. Sarawak Native Customary Rights Land Network  TAHABAS
  25. Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia  JOAS
  26. Persatuan Wanita Desa Sarawak  WADESA
  27. Sarawakians Access  SACCESS
  28. Community Information and Communications Centre  CICOM
  29. Women’s Aid Organisation  WAO
  30. Community Action Network
  31. Tenaganita
  32. Community Development Centre  CDC
  33. Youth Wing of the Council of Churches of Malaysia  CCMY
  34. Monitoring Sustainability of Globalization  MSN
  35. 528 Media Action Group
  36. Persatuan Penganut Agama Buddha Fo Guang Malaysia
  1. SOS Save Ourselves
  2. MALVU Malaysian Voters Union
  3. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall
  4. The Association of Graduates from Universities & Colleges of China, M’sia
  5. Federation of Chinese Schools Alumni Association of Malaysia
99.  Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Hokkien Association
100.   Persatuan Persahabatan Berpanjangan N.Sembilan
101.   Eng Choon Association Negeri Sembilan
102.   Persatuan Belia Prihatin Malaysia Cawangan N.Sembilan
103.   Lai Association Negeri Sembilan
104.   N.S. Teo Chew Youth
105.   N.S. Kwang Tung Youth
106.   N.S. Hainan Youth
107.   Chinese Methodist Church Seremban
108.   Kelab Sukandan Rekreasi Taman Layang-layang Seremban
109.  COMIT Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan
110.   Persatuan Kebajikan Cahaya Wawasan S’gor
111.   Persatuan Kebajikan Bharatham Negeri Selangor
112.   Persatuan Wawasan India Selangor
113.   Consumer Association of Klang
114.   Persatuan Prihatian Belia Malaysia
115.   Pertubuhan Seni Music India Malaysia
116.   Young Malaysians Movement (YMM) Negeri Sembilan
117.  Perak Han Chiang Ex-Pupils Assocation
118.   Penang Yan Huang 312 Centre
119.   Negeri Sembilan Teo Chew Association
120.   Persatuan Belia Xiang Hui, Negeri Sembilan
121.   The Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia Youth Section
122.  Penang Chinese Assembly Hall
123.   Chinese Schools Alumni Association of Kedah
124.   Centre for Independent Journalism, CIJ
125.   Human Rights Committee of BAR Coucil Malaysia
126.   Malaysia-China Chamber of Commerce

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