EAIC: Sharp rise in complaints against enforcers, but insufficient proof for action

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) chairman Datuk A. Aziz A. Rahim speaks during the launch of the ‘Report Enforcers’ Misconduct’ campaign in Kuala Lumpur April 18, 2018. — Picture by Razak Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — Public complaints against enforcement agency officers more than doubled last year with the highest made against policemen, the government’s watchdog said today.

Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) chairman Datuk A. Aziz A. Rahim said 545 public complaints were made against enforcers last year compared to 247 in 2016.

“Out of last year’s complaints the highest was from the police,” he said during the launch of the EAIC’s “Report Enforcers’ Misconduct” campaign.

He attributed it to the high number of police personnel, noting that in comparison, complaints against other agencies were far lower.

He said the Immigration had 20 complaints, while the Road Transport Department received 13 complaints against their enforcement officers.

“But of the 545 complaints last year, around 60 to 70 per cent were without merit when we looked into it, as there was insufficient proof found,” he added. Read more

Prove residents asked for change in voting address, EC told

Source: Free Malaysia Today

SHAH ALAM: Klang MP Charles Santiago has demanded that the Election Commission (EC) show letters to prove several Klang residents asked to have their voting addresses transferred to Kamunting, Perak.

Santiago brought two lawyers and six of the affected residents to the EC’s office in Shah Alam today, including one resident who claims he has never registered to vote.

“I believe there’s fraud so we are requesting the EC to prove the residents requested to change their voting address as well as when the transfer was done,” he said.

He said so far, he had heard of 10 cases involving Klang residents whose voting addresses were transferred to Kamunting. Read more

Police want ‘screening’ at lock-up, hospital after custodial death

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Police have requested a “screening” at Hospital Shah Alam and the Shah Alam police headquarters following the death of driving instructor Thanabalan Subramaniam in police custody last night.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said the screening would be conducted by the hospital as police suspected the centralised lock-up was contaminated by an infection.

He did not reject the possibility of Thanabalan, who was allegedly detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act or Sosma, having fallen victim to the infection.

“However, the cause of the death will be determined by an autopsy, which will be done today,” he said when contacted by FMT. Read more

Man allegedly nabbed under Sosma dies in police custody

Thanabalan Subramaniam, 38, was arrested late last month outside a school in Kapar, died in custody 20 days later. His family was told that he died of a heart attack. Image from FMT News.

SHAH ALAM: A 38-year-old man from Kapar who was arrested by the police 20 days ago has died in custody.

According to family members, driving instructor Thanabalan Subramaniam was arrested in front of SJK (C) Soo Jin on March 29, while sending one of his children to school.

Last night, his family received a phone call from the police informing them that Thanabalan had passed away after a heart attack.

Speaking to FMT at the Shah Alam Hospital, family members claimed police told them that Thanabalan was detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, or Sosma.

“We could not see him after he was arrested, supposedly because he was detained under Sosma,” said one family member. Read more

Federal Court judge Zainun Ali appointed to UN’s Global Judicial Integrity Network

Source: The Star Online

Federal Court judge Tan Sri Zainun Ali. Pic from The Star Online.

PETALING JAYA: Federal Court judge Tan Sri Zainun Ali has been appointed to the advisory board of the United Nations Global Judicial Integrity Network that was launched in Vienna, Austria recently.

Zainun, 65, was among 10 members from the judicial fraternity worldwide who were appointed to the network that was launched by the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration during a conference last week.

The Global Programme is part of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“This appointment is a fitting endorsement of our country and the Malaysian Judiciary, in which the independence of the judge is indispensable to impartial justice under the law,” said Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif in a statement Wednesday. Read more