Class bias and deaths in custody — P Ramasamy

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Free Malaysia Today

Many custodial deaths involve detainees from the lower socio-economic segment of society, says Penang DCM.

By P Ramasamy

There seems to be no political will on the part of the government to address the issue of custodial deaths – deaths that occur even before remand prisoners are brought to trial in court.

Whether there is link between the lack of political will and the social class of those who have died in custody remains to be seen.

However, a cursory examination will reveal that deaths in custody involve those who are in the working class, especially those who are poor and who lack power and family support.

Talk of ensuring justice for remand prisoners and others is empty.

Custodial deaths are not confined to police lock-ups but also take place among remand prisoners in prisons.

Lately, statistics indicate that custodial deaths in prisons have risen.  Read more

Did EC insult Parliament, saying Hansard can’t be believed, ask MPs

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Opposition MPs say that the Election Commission (EC) may have insulted Parliament by rejecting evidence from the Hansard – the official record of parliamentary proceedings – stating the contents “cannot be believed”.

PKR’s R Sivarasa said the law clearly views Hansard publications as an official document of Parliament, with Section 78 of the Evidence Act (EA) 1950 stating that the proceedings of Parliament are proved by the minutes kept in the Hansard.

“Section 81 of the EA provides that copies of the Hansard are presumed to be genuine. This is provided under the law. It is the official document.

“For them to say the document cannot be believed shows they are ignorant of the law,” the Subang MP told FMT.

Sivarasa, who is a lawyer, was referring to the revelation at a press conference today, where DAP legal bureau secretary Michelle Ng Mei Sze said the Johor registrar of electors had rejected a voter objection deeming the Parliament Hansard (official record) as not credible.

She was referring to the objection hearings pertaining to the entry of 949 army personnel and their spouses in the Segamat constituency.

Ng had said the applicant was told by the registrar that the Hansard produced “cannot be believed”.  Read more

Bersih asks EC: Why hold local enquiries during Xmas week

Source: The Star

PETALING JAYA: Bersih 2.0 has criticised the Election Commission’s (EC) move to hold local enquiries for its redelineation exercise in Selangor during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“Most urban voters in Selangor will be spending that week of the year celebrating with families and may be on holiday,” the group said in a statement Thursday. Read more

NGO Rohingya gesa PBB siasat cubaan tutup kes kubur di Wang Kelian

Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar di Malaysia berkata, PBB dan badan antarabangsa lain harus menyiasat kenapa pihak berkuasa Malaysia menunggu beberapa bulan untuk mendedahkan penemuan itu. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Rohingya di Malaysia menggesa Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) menyiasat cubaan menutup penemuan kem penyeksaan dan kubur beramai-ramai milik pendatang asing di Wang Kelian, Perlis, pada 2015.

Presiden Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar di Malaysia, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani berkata, PBB dan badan antarabangsa lain harus menyiasat kenapa pihak berkuasa Malaysia menunggu beberapa bulan untuk mendedahkan penemuan itu.

Beliau merujuk laporan New Straits Times (NST) semalam yang mendakwa polis tahu mengenai kubur beramai-ramai di kawasan hutan di sempadan Thailand-Malaysia itu seawal Januari 2015.

Bagaimanapun, sidang media hanya diadakan pada awal Mei tahun itu, di mana ketua polis negara ketika itu, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar mengumumkan penemuan 139 kubur di 28 kem haram yang dipercayai digunakan sindiket pemerdagangan manusia di sebuah bandar bersempadan dengan Thailand. Read more

Charge police officers involved in Wang Kelian cover-up — Charles Santiago

Source: FMT News

Klang MP Charles Santiago calls for the immediate formation of an independent commission to investigate the cover-up at the trafficking camp. Pic taken from FMT News.

By Charles Santiago

I brought up crucial questions about the Wang Kelian trafficking camp with the home minister at almost every parliamentary sitting in 2016 and also this year.

I wasn’t satisfied that all 12 police officers detained in connection with the mass graves were let off and instead, four undocumented migrants charged.

I never received a convincing reply from Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The New Straits Times article exposing a massive cover-up involving the police clearly shows that my concerns hold water.

Kudos to the reporters who worked over two years to reveal that the police knew about the Wang Kelian death camps months before they went public with the information.

The team said they were privy to shocking information from the former police chief, Khalid Abu Bakar, which they can’t publish due to journalistic ethics.

This however opens up a can of worms as Zahid was quoted as saying the dozen policemen initially arrested in connection to the case were released due to lack of sufficient evidence to tie them to it. Read more

Wang Kelian case still open, Nur Jazlan says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Police discovered 139 graves of human trafficking victims in 28 detention camps deep in the jungle of Perlis near the Thai border in 2015. — Reuters pic

Police discovered 139 graves of human trafficking victims in 28 detention camps deep in the jungle of Perlis near the Thai border in 2015. — Reuters pic

IPOH, Dec 21 — The case file of the 2015 human trafficking in Wang Kelian, Perlis is still open, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed explained, following renewed media reports.

The Pulai MP said the police are continuously seeking out those behind the incident, in what he considers the biggest crime against humanity in the country’s history

“We have not closed it because we want to find the perpetrators,” he told the New Straits Times (NST).

He said all existing information would be reviewed, and new leads would be considered as they come. Read more

Wang Kelian case a test of police integrity, says Paul Low

Source: the Malaysian Insight

POLICE must start an internal investigation into the alleged cover-up of mass killings and human trafficking along the Perlis-Thai border in 2015 to restore public confidence, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Paul Low.

Low, who is in charge of governance, integrity and human rights, told The Malaysian Insight the cabinet discussed it in its weekly meeting yesterday and will get to the bottom of it.

“Such incidents shouldn’t have had happened. They undermine public trust and confidence in the police as an institution responsible for the protection of citizens and non-citizens in the country.

“The police themselves must launch their own investigation. Who is involved? Were the officers and syndicates working together? Why are there discrepancies in (the police’s internal reports)?” he said. Read more

When will I be able to travel again, asks Zunar

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: Political cartoonist Zunar wants to know when the travel ban imposed on him will be lifted, saying he is still in the dark over why it was enforced to begin with.

He said the ban established by the Immigration Department had affected his source of income as he was paid to speak at events outside Malaysia.

“Most of my work is overseas. I cannot conduct my exhibitions here because I would be arrested, and cannot sell my books as they are banned,” he said when making a complaint at the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) here.

Zunar, whose real name is Zulkiflee SM Anwar Haque, said he wanted Suhakam to intervene in the matter.

He said the government had infringed his rights as he was not informed why he was barred from travelling. Read more

Putrajaya must answer questions on Wang Kelian death camps, says human rights society

Source: The Malaysian Insight

An armed police officer stands guard at an abandoned camp and mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, in 2015, following the discovery of 139 graves in 28 detention camps for human trafficking victims. – EPA pic.

THE National Human Rights Society (Hakam) has demanded that Putrajaya answer the questions raised in a recent investigative report on human trafficking death camps that were discovered in the jungles of Wang Kelian, Perlis in 2015.

In a statement today, Hakam president Ambiga Sreenevasan praised the “courageous” journalists who had disclosed a possible cover-up by the authorities, in particular, the police.

“The reports state that there are corrupt public officials involved, indicating that organised crime continued to take place over an extensive time-frame that could not have been done without the aid of public officials,” she said.

Ambiga said Hakam demanded to know why the initial discovery of the death camps were kept secret and who had ordered that the crime scene be sanitised and destroyed. She also asked why the Perlis police, who knew of the existence of the camps, were not held accountable for turning a blind eye. Read more

LFL calls for RCI on mass graves after NST report of police cover-ups

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The government must form a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) following a report by the New Straits Times (NST) today claiming massive cover-ups by police on the discovery of mass graves in Wang Kelian, Perlis, two years ago, rights lawyers say.

“This extensive NST report confirms the long-held suspicion of local authorities’ collusion, and most damning of all, the subsequent whitewash investigation and perfunctory prosecution of a few foreigners,” Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) said in a statement.

“In light of the exposé, serious questions must be asked as to why there was such an extensive cover-up and who the authorities were trying to protect.”

NST today reported that a two-year investigation by its team of journalists revealed that authorities had delayed the announcement of the discovery of the mass graves by some four months. Read more