DNA tests an insult, Teoh's family protests
Family thinks conducting DNA tests for Teoh Beng Hock's unborn child grossly disrespectful. -ANN
MELAKA: Teoh Beng Hock's family issued a statement on Thursday to voice their disapproval that the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) set up by the Cabinet would only probe the interrogation procedures of the MACC.
They asked the prime minister to instead set up a commission that would conduct thorough investigations on the causes of Teoh Beng Hock's death.
Teoh's younger sister Lee Lan was speaking on behalf of the family in the company of DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang during a press conference.
The following is the statement of Teoh Lee Lan:
"We were very happy when we first learned about the Cabinet's decision to set up a royal commission of inquiry as announced by the prime minister yesterday. However, after knowing the entire content, we felt very disappointed. This is not what we want!
"All we want is a royal commission of inquiry that will conduct thorough investigations on why Beng Hock has died at the MACC headquarters.
"The entire family cannot accept the Cabinet's decision of setting up a royal commission of inquiry only to probe the interrogation procedures of the MACC.
"On behalf of my family, I would like to appeal to the prime minister and the Cabinet to change the decision, and set up a comprehensive royal commission of inquiry that will investigate in particular the causes of Beng Hock's death."
The Teoh family also hit out at the proposal to conduct DNA tests for Beng Hock's unborn child in order to resolve the issue of the father's name on the child's birth certificate, saying such an act was in gross disrespect for human rights and had insulted Beng Hock as well as his fiancee Soh Cher Wei.
"We have already recognised Cher Wei as a member of our family and are prepared to let them marry. Are you going to say that we will simply recognise any person?" Lee Lan protested.
Minister in the prime minister's department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has said he agreed that Cher Wei should give birth to the child and then conduct DNA tests for the child to resolve the issue of the father's name on the child's birth certificate.
"I want to ask him whether he really respects human rights and our family."
Lee Lan said such a proposal was an insult to her deceased brother as well as sister-in-law Cher Wei.
Meanwhile, Beng Hock's mother Teng Shuw Hor said she did not dream of her son on Wednesday, the "7th day" after Beng Hock's death.
Teng said she had not been sleeping well for the past few days and whenever she did not sleep well, she would not have any dream. (Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Sin Chew Daily)
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