Ex-IGP demands IPCMC after Kugan verdict

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Police Accountability

Police Accountability

KUALA LUMPUR, June 29, 2013 — Former national police chief Tan Sri Musa Hassan has added his weight to pressure the government to introduce the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) after the current Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was ruled responsible for a suspect’s death under custody.

In a landmark civil suit on Wednesday, the High Court here ruled that Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, at that time the Selangor police chief, was liable to misfeasance in A. Kugan’s death behind bars in 2009.

“You need monitoring, of course, on the police,” Musa told The Malay Mail Online yesterday. Read more

Need for IPCMC to eliminate ‘horror custody’, says judge

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Police Accountability

Police Accountability

KUALA LUMPUR, July 9, 2013 – There is an urgent need to seriously consider setting up an Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to investigate claims of disciplinary offences by the police to eliminate accusations of “horror stories” in lockups, said a High Court Judge Datuk V.T. Singham.

Singham,  who retired recently, said it was time to set up the IPCMC, as recommended by the Royal Commission for Police Reforms, as soon as possible.

The reason being that the public and family members of victims involved had little confidence in investigations carried out by the police, he added. Read more

Ex-CJ: Shifting police culture towards human rights a mammoth task

Source: The Star Online

Ex-chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah says death in custody happens where there is little focus on respecting the rule of law or the sanctity of human life. ― File pic

Ex-chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah says death in custody happens where there is little focus on respecting the rule of law or the sanctity of human life. ― File pic

KUALA LUMPUR: It will be a mammoth task to change the attitude of the police to respect basic human rights, says Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah.

The former Chief Justice renewed his call for the Government to set up an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). He had pushed for it a decade ago.

He recommended the setting-up of the IPCMC after heading the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Police Reform in 2004.

However, the Government created the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission (EAIC), which Mohamed Dzaiddin said had failed to stop incidents of policemen abusing their powers. Read more

Using handcuffs on juveniles is too ‘degrading’

Source: The Sun Daily

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights and child and youth justice advocates have called for an inclusion to prohibit handcuff while detaining juveniles in the new Child Act 2015 which is expected to be tabled in the next Parliament session.

In highlighting the dubious practice by the authorities, forum panellists at the “Child in Conflict with the Law: The Way Forward” held at Bar Council have expressed aversion with the practice of using handcuff while detaining juvenile. Read more

Say ‘no’ to child marriages

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Marrying off children to prevent them from committing sin or shaming the family is a practice that should be stopped as it does not protect the mental, physical and even economic security of children.

Sisters in Islam communications officer Aliah Ali said families should change this mindset.

“Misinterpretation and literal interpretation of religion has contributed to the increase in the number of child marriages.

“Such misinterpretation, combined with the stigma associated with premarital pregnancy, shows early marriage to be a more attractive option than providing comprehensive sex education,” she said.

Sunday Star quoted a United Nations State of the Population Fund 2014 report which said that more than 150,000 Malaysian children had married before the age of 19. Read more

Masalah sempadan, perairan negara mudah dibolosi umpama ‘bom jangka’

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement personnels travel by its vessel during a drill before depart for search and rescue operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200, in Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan on March 12, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement personnels travel by its vessel during a drill before depart for search and rescue operations for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Boeing 777-200, in Tok Bali, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan on March 12, 2014. The Malaysian Insider/Najjua Zulkefli

Isu sempadan dan perairan negara yang mudah dibolosi pihak dan anasir luar boleh menjadi “bom jangka” terhadap keselamatan negara jika gagal ditangani segera, menurut penganalisis dan pakar aspek keselamatan.

Menurut mereka, kerajaan perlu mengkaji, mengambil pendekatan baharu dan membuat penambahbaikan terhadap kawalan keselamatan di sempadan seperti membina sekatan, benteng, pagar dan menggunakan teknologi terkini “drone” untuk pengawasan.

Naib Pengerusi Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (YPJM) Datuk Kamaruddin Md Ali berkata langkah keselamatan di kawasan sempadan dan perairan negara dilihat tidak begitu berkesan selepas peristiwa pencerobohan pengganas di Lahad Datu, Sabah pada Februari tahun lepas. Read more