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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