Is there a cover-up in the death of 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi?
Is the mass production of 125,000 Koran memorisers (huffaz) more important than the life of one boy?
I posted an article requesting the authorities, in particular the Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam, to release the first and second post mortem results of 11-year-old Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi. The article was posted around 07:30 hrs this morning (Malaysian time), on my website.
Lo and behold, seven hours after that, Subramaniam issued a statement to say…..well basically NOTHING!!!
This is the full text of the first half of the report in FMT, reproduced for your reading pleasure…
…”KUALA LUMPUR: The results of the second post-mortem on the remains of tahfiz school student Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gaddafi will be released next week, Health Minister Dr S Subramaniam said.
He said a report on the results of the second post-mortem had been submitted but could only be released to the public with the consent of the police. “Maybe next week I will ask the health director-general, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, to issue a press release on the matter.
“We will make the statement only after talking to the police and getting their consent,” he told a press conference at the Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) today.
Asked whether the latest results showed any signs of abuse on Thaqif’s body, he said the first post-mortem had already revealed evidence of abuse.
On May 19, Bernama reported Subramaniam as saying that the results of the second autopsy were expected to be known in two weeks.
The first autopsy, which was conducted in Hospital Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru where Thaqif was warded and subsequently died, failed to find the cause of death….”
New questions for Subramaniam
Why does he need the consent of the police to release the post mortem results?
Isn’t the release, the coroner’s responsibility?
Is the police independent?
Only in Malaysia, we can ask this question…Is the coroner acting independently?
Note: Anyone who has knowledge of the procedures can enlighten us, but as far as I am aware, it is the coroner’s responsibility, NOT the police.
Why does Subramaniam need the Health Director-General, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, to issue a press release. Does Subramaniam’s pay grade not cover press releases? What exactly does he do?
Thaqif’s parents have been subject to this mental torture, trying to ascertain the cause of death of their son, who was beaten in his school. It is disgraceful of the authorities to treat them this way.
Time line of Subramaniam’s NATO (No Action, Talk Only)
- 1 May 2017: When the first post mortem results were conducted, it was Subramaniam who said, “We cannot deny the possiblity of other diseases ailing the child, but whatever it is, we will wait for the full report first.” He said this a few days after Thaqif’s death.
- 1 May: Even the Johore police chief, Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd said on 1 May, that the investigation was almost complete, “The investigation paper will be resubmitted to the Deputy Public Prosecutor as soon as possible after we have put in the additional facts of the case for his action.”
- What are these additional facts of the case that Wan Ahmad mentioned? So far, we have NO information at all.
- 19 May: Subramaniam changed his tune, and said, the first post mortem result was inconclusive. He said, “The pathologists were not satisfied with the findings of their post-mortem and decided to exhume the boy’s legs for further check.” Why were the parents and the public led up the garden path all this while?
- 19 May: For almost three weeks, they told us that the results were almost ready, then on 19 May they exhumed Thaqif’s legs.
- 9 June: They said that they would release the second post mortem results two weeks from then.
- 9 June: Thaqif’s parents demands the second autopsy reports. They are greeted with silence.
- 9 June: Thaqif’s mother is furious that the authorities did not specify a definite time and date for the exhumation. She said, ““Yes, we know the court ordered for the body to be exhumed, but it was only when the villagers had gathered around his grave that we realised they were going to do it then”.
- 9 June: At a press conference, the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association’s (PPIM) legal bureau chairman Hishamuddin Hashim, also demanded an immediate release of the post mortem results. He said, ““We also hope for transparency in this matter and that there are no attempts of a cover-up.”
- 30 June: I again pose the question to the authorities “Where are the post mortem results?” A few hours later, Subramaniam issues his empty statement to say, the results will be released next week after they obtain the police’s consent.
What are the authorities hiding from us?
This is a BIG issue because of the number of religious schools mushrooming throughout Malaysia. Many are NOT regulated. You and I can start up a school and teach all sorts of rubbish and deviant stuff.
On 7 June, the Deputy PM, Zahid Hamid announced the government plan to churn-out 125,000 Koran memorisers as part of its National Transformation 2050 (TN50) plan.
The Johore religious authority has absolved the school of wrongdoing. The assistant warden only administered “a gentle beating”.
CCTV recordings showed nothing wrong.
What if the assistant warden beat the living daylights out of Thaqif, in the CCTV’s blind spots? Just because the CCTV did not catch him on camera does not mean no crime was committed.
Be warned. If YOU want justice, WE have to fight the corrupt system of cover-ups and delays, because they hope we will forget.
No one has given us a satisfactory explanation. No one has been found guilty.
It is SNAFU in Malaysia, because religion and Malays are involved.
Saying all the prayers in the world, is NOT going to solve the problems created by a corrupt regime which is afraid of the truth.
Subramaniam, together with his colleague, the Minister of Education, Mahdzir Khalid, should both resign. Their positions are untenable.