My sincere condolence to the family of the late Teo Beng Hock (Pix from SK here)
Since Sunday, I have not done any blogging. My limbs are still not capable of sustaining much sitting and typing. But the strange death of Teo Beng Hock is too overwhelming an incident for me to just sit and watch.
I am posting this blog while enduring the lingering pain, but it helps release gian with an overdue blogging fix. To my readers, particularly those working at Mercu UEM, I have not forgotten my commitment to write an article or two on the current state of UEM Group. And there are still issues to be written on UEM Land/IRDA, Pantai, MAS, Khazanah, UniKL, etc.
The manner DAP is drumming up angry emotion amongst the public, particularly within the Chinese community by making wild accusations towards MACC and Police will blow the incident out of proportion.
Upon knowing of the incident, Lim Kit Siang and his DAP cohort had immediately lay blame on MACC to equate it with Kugan's death-in-custody case. He belittled the MACC raids few days ago, accused MACC as outside the law and made fun of MACC statements in his Twitter message. Quickly DAP conducted a vigil outside MACC office last night.
Few days back Malaysia Today highlighted a Suara Keadilan article by a Chinese writer calling MACC raid on Selangor Excos and ADUNs offices as racially motivated move. Such claim only raise my temperature and bring trobbing of the veins in my limbs.
Why no such issue when MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's office was raided several times? Is the writer and DAP implying only Malays (I donlt care what political party they are) corrupt and Chinese not? Answer me, which race is THE player in big time crime, underworld and vice activites?
My hunch says that the death of Teo Beng Hock could turn into a racial incident that could build up into the preportion of May 13, 1969, if sensible head do not prevail and authorities are not firm.
The Chinese community should remain calm and not be emotionally swayed by the politicians' instigations. DAP and PKR troublemakers are relentlessly trying to steer public attention away from their own problems.
There is more than meet the eyes.
To recall back to that sad past, the incident that spark the May 13, 1969 incident was the Malay bashing procession on May 11 and 12th, 1969. The root cause leads back to the the days Singapore was in Malaysia and PAP and Labour Party racial instigation behind many racial riots throughout the country.
The Malay could not hold their patiance any longer to the rude insult hurled at them during the procession. In addition, the years of relentless demands by the Chinese awakened the Malays to their own socio-economic situation and a pent up anger was also bulding up.
The Malays retaliated on the evening of May 13, 1969 on hearing rumours of Malay death at incident in some part of Kuala Lumpur.
I hate to say it in the open. The elements, but not necessarily all the elements, leading to May 13 1969 are there. Verbal racial exchanges are common. Other than Hindraf, there are already few unreported racial skirmishes. One stupid incident could make the situation into a racial flare up and it will spread like a forest fire, believe me.
The public and parties must be judicious and rational in their response and reaction. It is not time for politicking.
Everyone is curious and concern about this death but the simplistic and immediate manner by DAP leaders to lay blame on MACC is suspect and irresponsible. All one need to do is to trace back to the events leading to MACC raids and today's death.
It started out with Azmin Ali calling for a revamping of the Selangor state Government. DAP's response to Azmin's genuinely sincere call was defensive.
At about the same time, Wee Choo Keong exposed in his blog of a certain Selangor exco member's link with triads. "Senior Exco" Theresa Kok responded by calling Wee, a shit stirrer. Wee answered back by quoting a Malay proverb "Siapa Makan Cili dia rasa pedas".
Realising the poor response by Theresa, Ronnie Liu challenged and Azmin requested Wee to expose the said Exco member. Wee will do so at the right time.
Wednesday, it was reported that offices of two Selangor Exco members and several ADUNs were raided by MACC. One of them is DAP exco Ean Yong Hian Wah whose political secretary is the decease Teo Beng Hock.
And yesterday, Teo was found dead and reported to have jumped out of the 20th Floor of Plaza Masalam, where lies the MACC office.
To response to DAP's accussation, I find it hard to believe an MACC official would resort to throwing someone out the window to extract information in interrogation. It will only look bad on MACC if anyone was brutally hurt or died under their watch. They are not dealing with hard core criminals but white collar crimes.
The death of Kugan, the manner the activist and lawyers manipulated his remain, and turn the criminal's death into a spectacle to smear the good name of the Police force is still fresh on everyone's mind.
It is unMalay and disrespectful to talk negatively of a person who just died but public interest must supercede cultural ritual.
So I'll not talk of the ritual and practices within the culture of organised crime which I have extensive reading on the subject of Mafia, Yakuza, Triads, etc. Nor will I share my socio-cultural analysis of DAP.
Do allow me just to pose the question: What transpired in the MACC office between Teo and the MACC officers? Is Teo linked to all said in the past one week in Selangor?
That will be all.
Urghhh ... sakit betul. I got to put my wrist into a bucket of ice water and pop an Arcoxia painkiller pill.