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Beware the words ‘No stone will be left unturned’

‘No stone will be left unturned’

The rakyat has learned never to trust Najib Abdul Razak, especially when he repeats the ill-fated words, “No stone will be left unturned.” For many, this phrase is synonymous with cover-ups, lies and deceit.

Our first recollection of the infamous claim, that Najib would make every effort and use every resource available, to solve a problem, was when the family of the late political aide, Teoh Beng Hock met Najib at his Putrajaya office. This meeting happened on 28 July, 2009, two weeks after Teoh’s mysterious death, at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) office in Shah Alam.

Najib reassured Teoh’s family and said, “No stone will be left unturned in finding out the real cause of death and, if there is any foul play, action will definitely be taken.”

The second occasion was after the MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, when Najib vowed to establish the cause of the disaster and punish the perpetrators. He said, “No stone will be left unturned…”

Najib’s latest use of this phrase was at a press conference, after the helicopter crash in which the former Malaysian ambassador to the US, Jamaluddin Jarjis, Najib’s political aide and four other people died. Najib reassured everyone that, “No stone will be left unturned.”

So, why does he persist in using this phrase, which we have come to associate with government ineptitude.

To date, the investigation into Teoh’s death has been shambolic, the royal commission of inquiry equally disastrous and to add insult to injury, the MACC officer who is credited with being responsible for Teoh’s death has been promoted and transferred to Sabah, where he now heads the Sabah MACC office.

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said that the RCI revealed that Hishamuddin Hashim, the former deputy director of Selangor MACC, the investigation officer Arman Alies and assistant investigating officer Mohd Ashraf Mohd Yunus, had all used excessive violence on Teoh.

Teo also alleged that Commissioner T Selventhiranathan had said on April 20, 2011, that Hishamuddin had lied when he had claimed ignorance of police reports which accused his officers of physical abuse.

The RCI claimed that Hishamuddin had ordered MACC assistant Supt Azeem Hafeez Jamaluddin to testify that another officer had led the probe to cover-up Hishamuddin’s role in the investigation of Teoh’s boss, the Selangor executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.

Teo said, “Six months have lapsed. The inspector-general of police (IGP) should now answer what police have done to identify and charge the MACC officers, who should be held responsible for the death of Teoh Beng Hock.”


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Apr 6, 2015 – Malaysiakini
By Mariam Mokhtar
‘No stone will be left unturned’

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