Suhakam: Ayer Molek police lock-up deplorable, hazardous

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has described as deplorable and hazardous the health conditions at the Ayer Molek police lock-up.

Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail based this on a visit to the lock-up in Johor Bahru on July 31.He said the Ayer Molek lock-up, and others in similar conditions, should be closed if the situation could not be improved.He said he found that all the cells at the lock-up were in extremely poor and dilapidated conditions.The conditions were so poor that they amounted to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Razali added in a statement today.

Razali also noted a shortage of clean lock-up clothes and bedding.He said the cells were small, without adequate lighting or ventilation.The Ayer Molek police lock-up was formerly a prison which could hold 180 inmates. It was converted into a police lock-up in 2009.During the visit, Suhakam received complaints about the quantity and quality of food provided.

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Khairuddin sues Rosmah to return jewellery to 1MDB

Source: FMT News

The vocal 1MDB critic says jewellery was a gift to the PM’s wife in March 2014, which she has knowledge of.

KUALA LUMPUR: 1MDB critic Khairuddin Abu Hassan has filed a suit seeking that the High Court order the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, to return a 22-carat pink diamond set in a necklace to the sovereign wealth fund.

The former Umno leader, who was sacked from the party two years ago, also wants businessman Low Taek Jho to pay 1MDB all the money allegedly misappropriated from the company.

Khairuddin said he was initiating the suit as no other individual was bringing any action to recover the jewellery and enforce the law.

“The taxpayers will benefit through the recovery of the jewellery because they are the ultimate paymasters of 1MDB debts,” he claimed.

He also wants Rosmah and the businessman, better known as Jho Low, to compensate 1MDB for the alleged misappropriation and use of the jewellery and repay any money due to the company. Read more

Zunar sues police, govt over wrongful arrest, seized books

Source: FMT News

Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque, or Zunar, claims his arrest last December was unlawful and his books, t-shirts were seized without any merit.

Zunar (from left) and his supporters, lawyer Melissa Sasidaran (second right) at the KL High Court. Pic taken from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: Cartoonist Zulkiflee SM Anwarul Haque or Zunar, today sued the police and the government claiming his arrest at a fundraising event here last year was unlawful.

In his suit, Zunar said that his books and t-shirts were also seized without any basis at the same event held at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on Dec 17, 2016.

According to Zunar, he was not informed of the reason why he was arrested by the police during his “Tea With Zunar” event.

“The police from Dang Wangi police station arrested me unlawfully and denied me my personal freedom,” he said in his statement of claim, filed today at the High Court registry here. Read more

Two women activists probed over ‘Bebas Maria’ walk

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — Ivy Josiah and Ho Yock Lin were questioned by the police today for organising a protest demanding the release of Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah from her Security Offences (Special Measures) detention last year.

Ivy, who is the former executive director of the Women’s Aid Organisation and Ho, the former president of the All Women’s Action Society, had their statements recorded at the Dang Wangi police station.

“They asked us around 18 questions related to the walk. We maintained that we were just exercising our freedom of speech and assembly according to the Federal Constitution,” Ivy told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

More than 500 women, led by individuals from various civil society organisations took part in the 2016 protest march from Jalan Merbok to Parliament to demand the release of Maria from Sosma, which allows for detentions without trial for up to 28 days.

She was arrested on November 18, a day before the Bersih 5 rally, and was kept in solitary confinement for 11 days, and let go on November 28.


Don’t cause unease among Malaysians, IGP tells atheists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 ― Following public furore over a private atheist event, the police have warned non-believers today against causing any “unease” among Malaysians, especially the majority Muslims.

Malaysiakini quoted Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar as cautioning atheists to be mindful of the law.

“I wish to advise atheists to not cause unease among Malaysians, particularly Muslims who are against those who are irreligious,” he reportedly told the media in Bukit Aman.

“Their activities must not cause unease. I am warning them. Don’t think you can do whatever you want. Be mindful of the law.”

Khalid however did not comment when asked whether the police have received reports from atheists over alleged violent and death threats from Muslims.

“If they receive threats, which is a violation of the law, we will investigate and take action,” he was quoted saying. Read more