At a memorial function last night, Beng Hock's younger sister made an emotional plea for the RCI report to be released.
Two years after the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, his family still agonises over his mysterious death, more so because the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) report is still withheld.
During a memorial function at the Seri Kembangan Multipurpose Hall, Beng Hock's younger sister Lee Lan made an emotional plea for the report to be released.
"I don't understand why the prime minister has yet to release it. Why? The report is not just for us, it is for all Malaysians," said Lee Lan (left in photo) while choking on her tears throughout her 30-minute speech.
The RCI report was submitted to the Agong on June 22.
So far, there has been no commitment by the government to release the report but Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz had said that there was no reason to keep it under wraps.
'TBH's fate must not befall others'
In her off-the-cuff speech, Lee Lan said that the RCI report must be made public to help her family seek closure over Beng Hock's death.
But more important, Lee Lan said that the RCI must ensure steps be taken so that the same tragedy would not befall others.
"When (the authorities) bring someone in (for questioning), they must bring him out in the same condition. But sadly, the same thing has happened again (to Custom officer Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed).
"Our mission is to make sure that once a person goes in, he would be able to walk out safely and not on a stretcher," said Lee Lan.
She also told the crowd of 400 people that previous royal commissions sa! w their respective reports made public the day they were submitted to the Agong.
Lee Lan said that her family emphatised with the Sarbaini's family, who like Beng Hock, died under mysterious circumstances at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's (MACC) premises.
Sarbaini died at the headquarters of the MACC's Kuala Lumpur branch on April 7. His family claims that he was a victim of foul play.
Lee Lan said that her family had campaigned hard throughout the country to whip up public pressure to ensure justice is done for Beng Hock and she hoped Sarbaini's family will have the same resolve.
"I will stand with you (Sarbaini's family). We will go through this period of darkness together. We will go all over the country to tell the public which part of our country is diseased and needs to be changed.
"We have witnessed injustice, unprofessional pathologists and government abuse first hand," she said.
'A long nightmare'
Earlier, Lee Lan delivered an emotional eulogy for Beng Hock, who died at the age of 30.
"It has been a long, long nightmare. We wish it was not real. We have waited two years. We know you (Beng Hock) are not coming back.
"Over the past two years, without you, there has been no laughter at home. You cannot see your son grow up," she said.
Beng Hock's son, Er Jia, was at the function.
Now 17 months old, the toddler at one point reached out for Beng Hock's photograph, which was placed on a seat beside the baby's grandparents.
Er Jia was concieved before Beng Hock's death on July 16, 2009. Beng Hock was to register his marriage to long-time sweetheart Soh Cher Wei on the day that he was found dead.
The political aide to Seri Kembangan asemblyperson Ean Yong Hian Wah was found sprawled across the fifth floor landing of Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam, after being held ! overnigh t for questioning by the Selangor MACC at its headquarters on the 14th floor.
Function organiser DAP later presented a large plush toy made in the shape of popular iPhone game Angry Birds to Er Jia.
"This represents our feelings towards this tragedy," announced the emcee as party leaders made their way up the stage for the short ceremony.
Later, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang lambasted the government for failing to release the RCI report which he said was a public document.
Citing press reports on Information, Culture and Communications Minister Rais Yatim, Lim said that it has been confirmed that the matter was never raised by the cabinet, three weeks after the report was completed.
"There is nothing for the cabinet to discuss. This RCI is for the people. The premier said two years ago that there was nothing to hide," he said.
Lim also told the mostly Chinese crowd that MCA and Gerakan ministers must explain to the public why the report is still withheld.