Remove repressive amendments to CPC, says Suaram

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SUARAM says one amendment will restrict bail for all offences under Section 124 of the Penal Code.

SUARAM says one amendment will restrict bail for all offences under Section 124 of the Penal Code.

KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) threaten to undermine human rights and will lead to more detentions of dissenters, says local civil rights NGO Suaram.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said today the proposed amendments to the CPC, expected to be tabled in the May sitting of Parliament includes a shocking amendment that would restrict bail for all offences under Section 124 of the Penal Code.

He said: “Section 124 has been invoked countless times in 2015 against civil activists and politicians during the #KitaLawan rallies and subsequently invoked against media such as the Malaysian Insider earlier this year.”

“It is self-evident that the Government of Malaysia has chosen to crack down on dissenters through Section 124.”

Sevan pointed to the use of the law to arrest and investigate civil activists, politicians and journalists, and said the amendments would make arrests such as that of Khairuddin Abu Bakar and Matthias Chang a more common occurrence.

He called it an attempt to revive the powers of the now-defunct Internal Security Act 1960.

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Lock-ups in deplorable condition, says Suhakam

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Outgoing Suhakam Commissioner James Nayagam

Outgoing Suhakam Commissioner James Nayagam

PETALING JAYA: The majority of the lock-ups in Malaysia are in a deplorable condition, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) lamented, stating many of them were poorly lit or had very little ventilation.

Outgoing Suhakam Commissioner James Nayagam said these conditions, coupled with overcrowded lock-ups, had led to police officers and detainees suffering from low morale.

During a recent visit to the Dang Wangi lock-up, Nayagam claimed that the walls of the lock-ups were smeared with faeces, while the acrid stench of urine was in the air.

“My shirt stank. It was shocking and deplorable.

“How can anyone be placed there?” he said at a roundtable promoting greater police accountability in Malaysia. Read more

Malaysia No. 2 on The Economist’s crony capitalism index

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The Economist magazine has ranked Malaysia second in its global index of cronyism capitalism. — File pic

The Economist magazine has ranked Malaysia second in its global index of cronyism capitalism. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, May 6 — Malaysia was ranked as having the second-highest percentage of billionaires’ wealth coming from cronyism in a global survey by The Economist.

According to the 2016 index by the London-based weekly publication measuring 22 economies, Russia topped the list, while Malaysia’s neighbours the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand were third, fourth, seventh and 12th respectively. Read more