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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pakatan aides form association to protect themselves

SHAH ALAM, Nov 25 09  | malaysianinsider — By Neville Spykerman

Fearing they could face a fate similar as Teoh Beng Hock, other political aides to Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers have formed an association to protect their safety, human rights and welfare.

The Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Elected Representatives’ Officers Association (Selproa), which was registered this month with 85 members, today said they will not allow a second death resulting from "political persecution" to take place.

"We will continue to remember the tragedy of our colleague, who was found dead after being interrogated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)," said Selproa president Abdul Razak Ismail.

Abdul Razak, the personal assistant to state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar, alleged that Teoh was a victim of an underhanded and undemocratic attempt to topple the state government.

The political secretary of DAP’s Ean Yong Hian Wah was hauled up by the MACC to help investigations into allegations that PR state lawmakers had misused state allocations on July 15, but was found dead the next day at Plaza Masalam here. His death is now the subject of an ongoing public inquest.

Abdul Razak lashed out at the Attorney-General for challenging in court a circular by the Selangor mentri besar which prohibited state employees from giving statements to the MACC after hours.

The circular was issued by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim to protect state employees following Teoh’s death.

“We are outraged by the A-G’s application as this is a blatant denial of our right to work in a safe and secure environment.

"The prime minister’s greatest responsibility under the Federal Constitution is to protect the fundamental rights of all Malaysians."

Datuk Seri Najib Razak, as premier, failed to ensure Teoh’s safety and is conspiring with the A-G to ensure the circular is nullified, said Abdul Razak.

“We call on the A-G to withdraw the applications against the mentri besar’s circular, to ensure the safety and rights of political aides.”

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