Malaysia government must respect civil society demonstrating against corruption — Transparency International

Source: The Malay Mail Online

AUG 29 — Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement which is starting its annual meeting today in Putrajaya, calls on the Malaysian government to respect the right of civil society to demonstrate peacefully against corruption.

This is in line with Article 13 of the United Nation Convention against Corruption (UNCAC)  which explicitly calls for civil society participation in anti-corruption efforts: “Each State Party shall take appropriate measures to promote the active participation of individuals and groups outside the public sector, such as civil society, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations, in the prevention of and the fight against corruption and to raise public awareness regarding the existence, causes and gravity of and the threat posed by corruption.”

“People everywhere should have the right to peacefully demonstrate, without provocation and without fear of reprisal,” said José Ugaz, chair of Transparency International. “The government of Malaysia should listen to the concerns of its people.”  Read more

How many deaths does it take? – Azrul Mohd Khalib

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY AZRUL MOHD KHALIB

Azrul Mohd Khalib – MMO file pic

AUGUST 29 ― Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s recent comments regarding the number of deaths of detainees in police custody reflects why the public perceives the government to not be taking this issue seriously. He says that it is “very small.”

Not too long ago, the same attitude was observed in responses to concerns of deaths among National Service trainees.

Let’s take a look at some of these statistics. Royal Malaysian Police statistics indicate that over a 14 year period, 242 detainees died in police custody. This translates to around 17 deaths a year. At least one person loses his or her life in police detention each month. Most were deemed to be as a result of illness or cardiac arrests rather than foul play.

These deaths continue to raise questions specifically about treatment of detainees during and immediately after the initial arrest. Questions which are rarely answered.

When a custodial death occurs, an inquest into the death is mandatory by law. Yet this is often not done. Read more