(Bernama) - The Selangor Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is going ahead with the investigations into alleged misappropriation of state allocations involving seven Selangor assemblymen and executive councillors despite the death of a witness, Teoh Beng Hock.
Selangor MACC director Jaafar Mahad told Bernama that the investigations, however, were proceeding at a slower pace as the commission itself was under police investigations following Teoh’s death.
Teoh, 30, the political aide of Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam believed to be due to a fall on July 16.
Teoh had come to the MACC office on the 14th floor of the building the day before to have his statement taken by the MACC.
Jaafar said police had been coming to the MACC office to carry out checks, question its officers and take their hand phones.
“This has somewhat affected the process of our own investigations,” he said.
He said that 16 MACC officers who were involved in the investigations had been questioned by police.
Asked when the MACC could complete its investigations, he said, it would depend on many factors including the inquest on Teoh’s death and the investigations by the royal commission on the mode of interrogation applied by the MACC in questioning Teoh.
The 14-day inquest is scheduled to start on Wednesday.
Jaafar said that based on the standard operating procedures, investigation into major cases would normally take a month to complete.
He was confident that that the Selangor MACC officers had followed the procedures during the interrogation of Teoh.Apart from Ean Yong, the MACC is also investigating Teresa Kok (DAP-Kinrara), Elizabeth Wong (PKR-Bukit Lanjan), Hannah Yeoh (DAP-Subang Jaya), Dr Cheah Wing Wah (DAP-Damansara Utama), Edward Lee (DAP-Bukit Gasing) and Lau Weng San (DAP-Kampung Tunku).