An urgent call for reform in the post-mortem process in custodial deaths (Part 2) — Eric Paulsen

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY ERIC PAULSEN

OCTOBER 25 — This is the second and final part of the opinion piece on custodial deaths by Eric Paulsen. The first part is accessible at this link.

Are Malaysian pathologists trained to ‘think dirty’?

It is important to note that the Shipman Inquiry uncovered amongst coroners and pathologists, an ‘attitude that it will be to everyone’s satisfaction if a cause of death can be found that will enable the coroner to certify the cause of death without further delay, cost or inconvenience’, and ‘it is easy to see how this attitude can become entrenched.’ To counter this, the Inquiry recommended that pathologists should be instructed and trained to ‘think dirty’ — that is, not to approach each death with the expectation that there will be ‘something wrong’ but to keep in mind the worst possibility and actively look out for signs of non-natural death. Read more

Operation Lalang and the ISA– Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

BY AZMI SHAROM

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad gave an interview to an online news portal a few days ago

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

about Operation Lalang in 1987.

I found the interview to be infuriating and here is why.

Firstly, he tried to absolve himself from any blame by saying the detention was done by the police and on police advice. Gosh, I had no idea he was such a malleable prime minister.

Let me explain how the Internal Security Act (ISA), which was repealed in 2012, worked. When they detained a person initially, it was done at the discretion of the police.

This was when you got a bunch of cops, normally heavily armed, arresting you, usually in the middle of the night.

This detention could last up to 60 days. After those 60 days the detention could be extended to another two years, and another and another ad infinitum. Read more