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Friday, July 17, 2009

Opinion Poll: Should MACC be held accountable?

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It’s probably obvious from the title what the latest opinion poll is all about. If it’s not, then read Walski’s post from yesterday.

Essentially, in the matter of Teo Beng Hock’s death, should the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) be held accountable?

In memory of Teo Beng Hock, image originally from The Malaysian Insider, hosting by Photobucket(click on image for source)

It’s a simple poll with 3 simple multiple-choice answers – Yes, No or Don’t Know.

But at the same time, let’s make it clear what Walski means by being accountable. 
(it’s about accountability, and more, in the full post)

First of all, let Walski make it crystal clear that he’s not saying the MACC directly caused the death of Teo Beng Huat.

Rather, when deciding how to respond to the poll, take these facts into consideration:

  • Teo was in MACC's custody the night before he died, being questioned.
  • His body was found on the roof of a building adjacent to the tower where the Shah Alam MACC office is
  • Teo was not a suspect, but a witness, according to MACC. It would be safe to assume that if that’s the case the MACC would at least be interested in Teo’s safety.

So, accountability here means that the MACC should bear some responsibility over events that led to Teo’ demise. After all, Teo was their “guest”, and he cooperated, from what MACC themselves are saying.

The poll will run for a week, beginning today, until midnight next Friday, July 24th 2009. If you operate a Blogger-based blog, you can easily put the poll up by clicking on the icon below the poll (located where it usually is, on the right sidebar).

Walski wants as wide a demographic spread to participate in this. He can guess (more or less) how the regular audience will respond. It’s the opinion of the rest that he’s also interested in.

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