Suhakam to probe inmate’s death at Bentong prison

Source: Free Malaysia Today

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has opened investigations into the death of Mariappan Manivannan at the Bentong prison in Pahang.

Suhakam commissioner Gerald Joseph said the commission began its investigation a day after he died on June 6.

“From what I heard from the family, there was no indication of abuse but the issue here is negligence.

“There are serious issues at stake. Why must someone die in our penal system?

“In Malaysia, no one should die for any reason except natural causes. I think, in this case, the death could have been prevented,” he said today after meeting Mariappan’s family members, led by the stepfather, Ayyakanu Sinnasamy, 45. Read more