Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mungkinkah ini Surat Teoh Beng Hock yang baru ditemui itu?

Pejabat Peguam Negara menafikan dakwaan mereka menyembunyikan sekeping nota yang ditemui pada 7 Oktober lalu dalam beg sandang Teoh, iaitu lebih dua bulan selepas kematian Teoh.

Penemuan bukti yang baru didedahkan itu yang dikemukakan pagi 9 Ogos menyebabkan prosiding inkues yang sepatutnya didengar pagi itu ditangguh sehingga 18 Ogos.

Kehadiran bukti baru di saat akhir inkues kematian Teoh menimbulkan rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan peguam yang mewakili keluarga bekas setiausaha politik itu dan kerajaan Selangor.

Peguam Gobind Singh Deo yang mewakili keluarga Teoh memberitahu pemberita keadaan yang berlaku menunjukkan seolah-olah sesuatu yang dirancang dan beliau amat kecewa atas apa yang berlaku kerana bukti itu sepatutnya dikemukakan sebelum bermulanya prosiding.

Sesuatu yang amat menghairankan, sekeping nota dalam beg sandang hanya ditemui selepas dua bulan, Walaubagaimanapun untuk berbaik sangka dibulan Ramadhan ini kita anggaplah beg sandang Teoh Beng Hock itu sebesar kapal, jadi usaha untuk menemuinya memang memakan masa.

Apakah sebenarnya yang terkandung dalam nota itu? Mungkinkah seperti yang telah diterjemahkan dibawah?

My fellow Malaysians,

I am writing this note to absolve the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission of any involvement in my death on July 16, 2009. This is something I’m doing at my own initiative. Nobody asked me to write it. And it would be ridiculous for anyone to think that I was tortured to do it.

I am placing this note in my bag in the hope that it will be found by the investigating officers. If it is sent for verification, I hope it will be concluded that this is in my handwriting. I hope no one will think that this note was planted.

It is likely that when someone finds it, they might not understand what it’s about because it’s written in Chinese, and they might just chuck it aside. But I hope in time it will be brought to light. I suppose it won’t matter if the note becomes public knowledge even a year later, as long as it serves the cause of justice.

People might think it suspicious that an important piece of evidence like this should surface so long after, but I hope they will understand that any mysterious death must have its twists and turns. Otherwise, it won’t be a mystery any more.

People often think that real life cannot have the kinds of complications they see in soap operas, but they should realise that truth can sometimes be stranger than fiction.

There may be an inquest held after my death to find out what actually happened. I hope this note will clear the air and put to rest all the speculation that would have arisen over it.

I’m sorry if the Attorney-General’s office is going to be caught in a bind when this note is found. Because it will seem to many sceptics that it was fabricated and planted.

I hope the AG will be prudent enough to inform the lawyers involved in the inquest about my note and even let them have a look at it beforehand, instead of suddenly springing it on them at the inquest.

Being very careful and thorough in carrying out its procedures, the AG’s office will probably send the note for verification by the relevant department. But this could take some time.

When the document examiners come back with their report, the AG himself might not even be convinced that the note is genuine. He might still need to talk to whoever found the note in order to be satisfied that it is genuine. I hope he will do this quickly, because if he sits on it too long, people might wonder why. Besides, if the AG is not convinced, he would surely not tender this note as evidence at the inquest.

However, it is not easy to keep a piece of evidence in total secret. Information about this note might somehow leak out, and Ezam Mohd Noor, who used to be with us in Pakatan Rakyat but decided to return to Umno, might bring it up in the Senate. This would then exert undue pressure on the AG’s office to decide what to do next.

To deflect accusations that it is trying to suppress or withhold evidence, the AG’s office might then bring the matter up at the inquest and direct the person who found this note to explain in court how he found it.

Of course, it might seem odd then that this note should be revealed so long after the AG’s office received it, and that it should be so suddenly introduced at the inquest. Speculation will spread that the AG is siding the MACC and helping it to clear itself of what happened to me. People would ask why the AG did not seek clarification from the person who found the note much earlier, and once and for all decide whether it was genuine.

It will not look good. Especially since a few other things might have happened in the inquest to suggest that there are attempts at a cover-up. I can’t tell the future but perhaps some forensic expert from somewhere might conduct an exhumation of my remains and conclude that I did not kill myself.

And if this person were to testify at the inquest that this was so, people might start to think that the AG’s introduction of my note was being aimed at debunking the expert’s testimony. The timing would look suspicious.

This matter of my death could really get out of hand. Some people might even think the government is also behind the fabrication of this note even though that would be a bit far-fetched. And of course, they would also wonder how Ezam managed to find out about this note.

I hope the AG will be prudent enough to inform the lawyers involved in the inquest about my note and even let them have a look at it beforehand, instead of suddenly springing it on them at the inquest. My intention in writing this note is for things to be done properly. If they are not, that would defeat its purpose.

It would be ironic if this note turned out to make the AG’s office and the MACC look bad.

Sincerely,

Teoh Beng Hock


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