Monday, July 16, 2012

In the face of injustice

Over the last week or so, many events have taken place in commemoration of Teoh’s death anniversary, including and most uniquely, a play in Malay by a group of young actors from Rumah Anak Teater. A multi-ethnic audience took in the play at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in Sentul.

The play attracted a younger crowd that previously may not have been entirely familiar with the Teoh Beng Hock case. It also drove the point home that this was not necessarily a “Chinese” issue, but one that was relevant to all Malaysians.

The riveting scene in which he falls from a height was done superbly in the play. I was curious to see how the director would depict the moment of the “fall” – whether it would concur with the inquiry’s findings of a suicide, or otherwise.

This scene presented three MACC officers crowding around the person acting as the persona of Teoh, and amid some rough-handling and scuffling, he falls to his death. There were three possible options for Teoh’s death from the window of the 14th floor: suicide, intentional pushing, or an accidental “letting go”. The play does an excellent job of leaving the conclusion up to the audience to determine for themselves what truly happened at the end.

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