Review Disabled Man’s Conviction for Attempted Suicide & Repeal Section 309 of the Penal Code – Statement dd 3 February 2020

HAKAM urges the Attorney General’s Chambers to review the Kuala Terengganu Magistrate Court’s recent conviction and sentence to 7 months jail of a disabled man for attempted suicide.

Such charges under Section 309 of the Penal Code should never have been instituted in the first place. There is a serious lack of compassion and humanity in the criminal justice system if a disabled man who has reached such a desperate position in life is punished even further with a jail term. The law should not only be concerned with penalties, but must be tampered with mercy and kindness.
HAKAM calls for the disabled man to be given psychiatric assistance in a suitable institution, and not imprisonment where his mental health would likely deteriorate further.

HAKAM further calls for the Government to consider repealing the offence of attempt to commit suicide under Section 309 of the Penal Code. Other Commonwealth countries such as the UK, India and Singapore have already done the same. Malaysia is one of the only few countries which still retain this archaic law in our statute books. This recent conviction encapsulates everything that is wrong with such law.

Lim Wei Jiet
HAKAM Secretary-General

Suhakam to continue reminding Pakatan Harapan government of its CRPD obligations

Source: Borneo Post

KUCHING: Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will continue to remind the Pakatan Harapan-led government of its international obligations under the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Its commissioner Francis Johen Adam hoped that the new government would be more serious in taking legislative, administrative and all necessary measures to comply with provisions of the convention or amendments to existing laws and policies so as to streamline them with the CRPD.

“Suhakam believes this is an opportunity to redouble it efforts to protect and promote human rights as per its mandate under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 2009,” he said when contacted yesterday, to comment on the new government managing People With Disabilities (PWD) in this country and in Sarawak. Read more

Handicapped group denied favourite spot to do business at Batu Caves

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The Hindu rights body Hindraf has urged Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali to help a group of wheelchair-bound volunteers get back their normal spot opposite the Batu Caves temple main gate to do business.

The group, Independent Living and Training Centre Malaysia, has for the past 12 years used the Thaipusam celebrations to set up stalls there to sell various items to raise funds and publicise their activities.

But this year, for some reason, the Selayang Municipal Council has decided to relocate them further away from the entrance, making it difficult for the handicapped volunteers to move about.

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