Suaram: Time for inquiry into Scorpene scandal and murder of Altantuya

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KUALA LUMPUR: With the indictment of Abdul Razak Baginda over graft allegations by a French court, Suaram wants a full public inquiry into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and the motive for her murder.

It also wants the inquiry to cover the allegations of commissions paid for the purchase of Scorpene submarines by Malaysia from the French.

Razak Baginda was an aide of then defence minister and current Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong said in a statement today: “The prosecution of the (murder) case has been tardy from the start, with the failure to establish the motive for Altantuya’s murder being the most questionable of all. Read more

Many in disbelief that Malaysia’s cops rated best in Asean

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PETALING JAYA: Many are in disbelief that the Malaysian police force has been rated the best in Asean, as recently revealed by an international body.

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen said the ranking was nothing to shout about considering that the yardstick was the police forces of other Asean countries.

“I would certainly question that recognition, and I think that you are not comparing yourself with the standard you aspire to be,” Paulsen told FMT.

He also said it was hard to believe that Malaysia was rated higher than its neighbour, Singapore. Read more

Bangladesh human rights activist detained at KLIA

Adilur Rahman Khan -pic drawn from FMT News

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PETALING JAYA: The arrest of a Bangladeshi human rights activist at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this morning has been condemned by a local rights group.

Adilur Rahman Khan was detained by immigration officers at KLIA at about 4am today. Khan is the secretary of Odhikar, a human rights NGO based in Bangladesh.

He had travelled to Malaysia to attend a conference on the topic of “Abolition of the death penalty”.

“Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) condemns the detention of Adilur Rahman Khan. Read more

Scorpene: Apandi urged to cooperate with French investigators

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PETALING JAYA: Anti-graft activist Cynthia Gabriel today called on Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali to offer his full cooperation to French investigators who have charged two former top executives in a probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 US$1.1 billion sale of two Scorpene submarines to Malaysia.

Cynthia, who leads the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4), said the 15-year-old Scorpene case could be solved speedily if Putrajaya gave its cooperation.

Apandi, she said, should abide by the United Nations Convention Against Corruption which Malaysia had signed.

“The convention provides for its signatories to cooperate to stamp out cross-border corruption,” she told FMT. Read more

Suaram hails indictments in French Scorpene probe

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PETALING JAYA: Human rights NGO Suaram, which in 2009 filed a suit against a French defence company over irregularities in the sale of two Scorpene-class submarines to Malaysia, today welcomed the French investigators’ decision to indict two former top executives involved in the deal.

 Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said that after such a long time without any development in the case, the NGO was cheered by the latest news.

“We have waited a long time. This is definitely what we have been hoping for, if the case proceeds. Malaysians have the right to know what happened,” he told FMT. Read more

Ops Lalang: Let bygones be bygones, says Khairuddin

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Former Umno and PPBM man wants Kua Kia Soong, who was imprisoned without trial for 445 days, to focus on improving country with Mahathir. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Khairuddin Abu Hassan has urged Kua Kia Soong to put the past behind him after the Suaram adviser demanded that former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad apologise for the Operasi Lalang which took place 30 years ago.

“Those who were detained are now very close to Tun Mahathir,” the New Generation Party (NewGen) deputy president said today.

He said Kua should let go of the past and address current concerns like saving Malaysia from kleptocracy, overcoming corruption in the government and helping the people. Read more

Poca, Sosma detention rose considerably in 2016, Suaram report shows

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According to Suaram’s statistical breakdown, 102 people were detained for terrorism offences under Sosma, 39 for human trafficking and immigration offences, while other cases totaled 45. Pic from AFP.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — There has been a considerable increase in the number of detentions under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 last year, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) said in its 2016 Human Rights Report released today.

In the report, Suaram said 189 cases Sosma detentions were recorded by the NGO last year, as compared to less than 50 cases in 2015.

According to the report, 278 arrests were also made under Poca.

According to Suaram’s statistical breakdown, 102 people were detained for terrorism offences under Sosma, 39 for human trafficking and immigration offences, while other cases totaled 45. Read more

Human rights group calls for investigation into abductions

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PETALING JAYA: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has urged Malaysian authorities to conduct swift and impartial investigations into two cases of disappearances.

FIDH made the call after submitting the cases of missing persons Pastor Raymond Koh and social activist Amri Che Mat to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).

WGEID receives and reviews cases of enforced disappearance and transmits them to governments concerned to request that an investigation be carried out.

Between 1980 and 2016, WGEID received only reports of disappearances in Malaysia. Neither case is still open.

“It is extremely troubling that the spectre of enforced disappearance has reared its ugly head in Malaysia,” said FIDH president Dimitris Christopoulos in a statement on Tuesday.

“Malaysian authorities must immediately investigate the disappearance of Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh in order to determine their whereabouts and safely return them to their families,” he said. Read more

Criminologist: Beating soles illegal, used by dictatorial regimes

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Expert says hitting on the soles of the feet is a form of torture used to extract information and is effective as it leaves no mark, hence abuse cannot be proven. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Beating at the sole of the feet is an unauthorised and illegal form of punishment in Malaysia and an absolute no-no under international norms, according to a criminologist.

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Associate Prof P Sundramoorthy said such beatings create some of the most “excruciating and intense pains” without leaving any physical scars as evidence.

“It is one of the most painful tactics used without leaving any marks. If a complainant files a police report about such abuse, he or she may not be able to provide evidence as the skin beneath the feet is thick. Read more