Lock-ups can’t improve without more money, says Suhakam

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has urged the finance ministry to allocate more funds to improve conditions in detention lock-ups in the country.

Suhakam commissioner Jerald Joseph told FMT that there was little enforcement officers could do without sufficient funding.

“To improve the older lock-ups, you need money to either renovate them or build new ones,” he said.

“Although I know the budget is always tight, I hope that in the coming budget we will see more money being allocated towards this effort.”

Last year, Suhakam commissioner James Nayagam was reported as saying that the majority of the lock-ups in Malaysia were in deplorable conditions. Read more