Tuesday, October 27, 2009

BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS

Asia Sentinel | Monday, 26 October 2009

It's best to be connected to the ruling national coalition

On July 16, according to the testimony of a Thai pathologist, Teoh Beng Hock, a 29-year-old aide to an opposition politician, was probably beaten during a marathon questioning session, sodomized, strangled unconscious, dragged to a window of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission in Kuala Lumpur and thrown to his death.

The country's law enforcement establishment maintains that Teoh committed suicide by leaping from the MACC building after the inquiry was concluded into irregularities in his boss's accounts. But it is far from the first "suicide" in custody and what happened to Teoh happens all too frequently when the luckless collide with the powerful in Malaysia. His real killers are unlikely ever to be identified. As many as 350 people have died in custody since 1990. The privileged are rarely brought to trial.

The most infamous recent case before Teoh's is that of Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28 year-old Mongolian translator who was murdered in 2006 by two bodyguards of then-Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Altantuya had been jilted by Najib's best friend, Abdul Razak Baginda, and was demanding money from him.

Although numerous witnesses and evidence connected Najib to the affair, he was never questioned or put on the witness stand, nor was his chief of staff, Musa Safri, who Baginda said in a cautioned statement he approached about getting Altantuya to cease her harassment. His two bodyguards were convicted of the murder although one, in his confession, said the two men were to be paid RM100,000 to kill her. The court never asked who would pay the money. The confession wasn't allowed in court. Baginda was acquitted without having to put on a defense and promptly left the country and Najib was eventually named Prime Minister.

Such questionable cases go back to at least the early 1980s when Sultan Mahmud Iskandar of Johor (left) was dubbed the "killer king" by the British tabloids after he shot a trespasser to death on his property. He also reportedly assaulted and killed a golf caddy who was said to have laughed when the sultan missed a golf stroke and he maimed the caddy's brother. He later was alleged to have assaulted and injured a hockey coach, kicking off a constitutional crisis that led to former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's removal of legal immunity from prosecution for all of Malaysia's nine sultans, although Iskandar was never either arrested or jailed.

There are plenty more. In 1988 an attractive young woman named Mustakizah Jaafar, who owned a video rental business in Malacca, was found hacked to death by unknown assailants. Mustakizah reportedly was pregnant at the time of her death. She was believed to be having an affair with Megat Junid Megat Ayob (right), the onetime UMNO deputy home affairs minister, who died in January 2008 of cancer.

No one was ever charged with Mutakizah's murder. The widespread gossip about Megat Junid's connection with Mustakizah didn't do his political career any harm. He was ultimately named Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister in 1997 although he lost his parliamentary seat two years later and retired from politics.

[Read the whole sad and sordid story here.]

7 comments:

Gerald Wee Eng Kian said...

MACC

Malignant
Army of
Cover-up and
Corpses

Troublesome whistle blowers, mistresses, PI's and unfortunate bystanders? All "Handled".

After all, the bloated civil service needs to be put to work.

Anonymous said...

what is it about malaysians and sodomy....

Antares said...

Gerald - I still prefer to think of MACC as the Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians.

Anonymous @ 3:26PM - The subject goes pretty deep. If you're interested, do some research on how the ancient male priesthoods initiated their novices. Imagine, a 10-year-old boy's first sexual experience is being buttfucked. How does that affect his sexuality and attitude towards women? The name of the game is CONTROL through keeping the masses in a state of perpetual anxiety, guilt and confusion while bombarding them constantly with erotic imagery embedded in billboards and TV ads. The line between erotomania and erotophobia is so thin you can't see it! Why sodomy? Well, heterosexual lovemaking can result in our becoming enlightened and liberated from the social matrix (when the feminine and masculine energies fuse without inhibition, guilt or power plays, true yoga or sacred union is achieved, and that's when we begin to reclaim our inherent divinity). The question arises: can gay couples experience the same ecstatic fusion of their biofields? Yes, of course, because we are able to switch polarities, becoming either Yin or Yang in relation to others. So when two men or two women join bodies, minds and souls, one takes on the male energy while the other becomes the female. On the soul level, male and female are interchangeable fields - one electric, the other magnetic.

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Gerald Wee Eng Kian said...

Only in Malaysia does getting an education involve the possibility of death and disability. Murder in Bolehland today includes the teens who die of unknown causes in NS camps and failed suspension bridges. Shoddy work, corrupt officials and no oversight on quality and safety.

Absolutely sick.

Anonymous said...

Sigh ...the 'ONE malaysia' project of pm has caused ONE young life & 2 still-missing in kampar, perak ...Sigh !!

anything in ipoh state assembly 2moro ?

Anonymous said...

Dear Antares

Criminals and war criminals do not always get away with their crimes e.g. Slobodan Milosevich, Radovan Karadzic, Adolf Hitler.

Some do (Joseph Stalin, Augusto Pinochet, Pol Pot, Francisco Franco, George W. Bush). But their names will remain forever mired in the mud of history. And future generations will remember them with contempt.