Custodial deaths: Independent commission needed now more than ever

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: In light of the recent deaths of two persons in police custody, DAP has vowed to continue pushing for the “much delayed” establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) when Parliament reconvenes next month.

In a statement, DAP vice-chairman M Kula Segaran said a responsible Cabinet could and must not treat police custodial deaths as a trivial matter.

“Every human life is important and not a mere statistic when it is lost.”

He added that the Cabinet must exercise political will to set up the IPCMC to prevent more deaths in custody.

S Balamurugan, 44, was arrested on Feb 6 and found dead in the early hours of Feb 8 at the North Klang district police headquarters.

On Jan 15, a detainee named Soh Kai Chiok died in the Bera district police headquarters lock-up.

Kula went on to note that last month, the High Court ruled that lorry driver P Chandran had died in custody in 2012 because the police had failed to observe Lock-Up Rules 1953.

He also quoted Human Rights Commission of Malaysia statistics showing 242 had died in police custody since 2000. Read more