Tight budgets to blame for poor medical care of detainees?

Source: FMT News

Razali Ismail of Suhakam says Immigration Department detainees are entitled to the same level of medical care as others in the community. Pic from FMT News.

Razali Ismail of Suhakam says Immigration Department detainees are entitled to the same level of medical care as others in the community. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is concerned that the Immigration Department is facing limitations in budget and resources in its attempt to meet international standards for the healthcare of detainees.

Its chairman Razali Ismail said the department, which held a discussion with the commission last week, was coping with heavy constraints.

“Under international standards, detainees are entitled to the same level of medical care as individuals in the community at large but Suhakam notes that the Immigration Department is coping with severe budget and resource constraints,” he said in a statement.

He said the department had informed Suhakam of this issue during a discussion of major detention reforms, including improved medical care.

Razali was responding to a report by Reuters on March 30 that revealed more than one hundred foreigners had died in the past two years in Malaysia’s immigration detention centres based on documents by Suhakam. Read more

Family sends memo to cops over Bala’s death

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: There was a little drama when the family of S. Bala Murugan showed up at Bukit Aman with several Opposition politicians.

The group showed up at around 11.20am yesterday to hand over a memorandum to the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to seek justice for Bala who died in police custody last week.

However, they were unhappy that only an inspector was there to meet them. While Bala’s wife and daughter stood silent, Klang MP Charles Santiago, Subang MP R. Sivarasa, Batu MP Tian Chua and former Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam demanded to see a senior officer. Read more

Another prisoner abuse allegation

Source: FMT News

Picture of Chandran Muniandy taken from FMT News

Picture of Chandran Muniandy taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Another allegation of abuse of a detainee under the authorities’ custody has surfaced, barely a week after the custodial death of S Balamurugan.

Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said a prisoner of Sungai Jawi prison in the state was admitted into the intensive care unit of Seberang Jaya government hospital on Feb 8 from severe head and leg injuries.

Chandran Muniandy, 42, was also found to have several of his toe nails completely removed, said Ramasamy when contacted today.

“Unless he can feel absolutely no pain, there is no way he could have pulled his toenails on his own,” Ramasamy said. Read more

Suhakam starts probe into Sosma detainees’ torture allegation

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) activist Amir Abdul Hadi (centre) with the family members of detainees alleged to have been abused, tortured by authorities, at a press conference last week. – The Malaysian Insider pic, January 25, 2016.

Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has initiated an investigation into the allegation that several detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) have been abused by the authorities.

The commission said it had contacted the police to inquire on the matter through a letter dated January 19 and requested to meet with the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) soon to discuss the issue and possible cooperation to shed light into the allegation.

“We are still investigating the case since receiving a memo from the family of a Sosma detainee in November last year,”

“So far, we have recorded statements from four detainees (we got three other names from the first detainee),” Suhakam told The Malaysian Insider today. Read more