‘Allow MPs to visit prisoners, do spot checks’

Source: FMT News

Too many prisoners are dying, and these are avoidable deaths, says DAP MP M Kulasegaran. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A DAP lawmaker has asked the government to reinstate the prison law that had allowed MPs to visit prisoners to check on their welfare and health conditions.

M Kulasegaran said aside from politicians, human rights NGOs and other relevant authorities should also be given the right to carry out spot checks in prisons.

This comes after the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) revealed that prisoners’ access to healthcare was lacking.

According to Kulasegaran, MPs had always been allowed to visit prisoners, so as to check on their welfare and health condition.

However, in 1995, the Barisan Nasional-led government amended the law to stop such visits by lawmakers. Read more