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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Poll Position: MACC's Accountability

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This is probably the most boring pie chart Walski has ever seen.

Okay, admittedly 100% would’ve been even more boring. But it does say a lot, boring as it may be.

The loudest thing it screams at Walski, though, is just how eroded the confidence of the public has in MACC has become. And it also tells Walski that Malaysian’s believing whatever official spiel from the government is no longer a given.
(accountability, and why, in the full post)

Actually, 1% is being generous – out of the 165 persons who responded, only ONE voted No, making it 0.6%. It could very well be that the “MACC is a Malay right” people don’t frequent this blog. But it could be an actual change in the people’s attitude towards government talk.

In fact, Malaysians today are a more discerning and skeptical lot when it comes to official government talk. Gullibility when it comes to celebrity gossip, on the other hand… Ok, so we’ve got a ways to go yet, but we’re getting there.

To recap, here’s what we do know:

  • Teo Beng Hock was called in for questioning (as a witness) to the Selangor MACC office, located in the office tower block of Wisma Masalam in Shah Alam, on the afternoon of July 15, 2009
  • He was “questioned” throughout the night – MACC claims that he was released at around 3:45am on July 16, and was last seen alive around 6am the same morning
  • His body was found at 1:30pm on July 16, on top of the podium roof of Wisma Masalam

So, should MACC be held accountable? Hell yeah, they should. At the very least, accountable for his safety, and the fact that he died, apparently from a fall from the same building housing MACC. And if this can happen to an MACC “witness”...

Once again, in no way is Walski implying that MACC was responsible for his death, though – that’s for the inquest to find out whether or not the agency had anything to do with it.

But accountable? Well, the poll result speaks for itself, innit?

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