DAP calls for all-party support for legal action on the senseless police shooting death of   Dr. Tai Eng Teck and to  demand for zero-trigger happy police killing in Malaysia


Media Statement
by Lim Kit Siang
 

(Petaling Jaya, Saturday): Yesterday,  Tai See Beng, 75, the father of Dr. Tai Eng Teck who was shot dead by a policeman two weeks ago, announed that he would institute legal action against the government and the policeman responsible for the death of his son.

Tai Eng Teck, a 29-year-old doctor, died last month from three gunshot wounds to his head and hands.

DAP calls for all-party support for the legal action on the senseless police killing of Dr. Tai and to demand for zero-trigger happy police killing in Malaysia.

I urge all political parties, whether in government or opposition, to sink their differences and to take a  common stand on this issue which affect all Malaysians, regardless of race, by establishing new rules and principles of police accountability.

Cabinet Ministers representing Barisan Nasional component parties have expressed their support for the Malaysian Chinese Organisations Election Appeal, one of which called for restoration of public confidence in the police and effective and meaningful measures against all forms of police abuses of power.

In keeping with this principle, the Cabinet next Wednesday should demand an explanation from the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah why the police constable was charged with manslaughter and not with first-degree murder for killing Dr. Tai with his three shots to the head and body.

The Cabinet should also require the Police to pay ex gratia compensation of RM500,000 to Dr. Taiís family as a token of its regrets at the killing and direct the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Norian Mai to submit a report as to how the police could introduce a culture of zero-trigger happy killing of innocent Malaysians.

(2/10/99)


*Lim Kit Siang - Malaysian Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Democratic Action Party Secretary-General & Member of Parliament for Tanjong