No basis for Zahid’s best police in Asean comment, say lawyers

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Human rights lawyers have expressed their disbelief over Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement yesterday, that an international body had rated the Malaysian police force as the best in Asean.

“Can Zahid tell us which so-called international body said this? (It’s) quite hard to believe,” lawyer Latheefa Koya said in a text message to FMT today.

Zahid, who is also the home minister, did not name the international body which had given the rating, or furnish any other details to back the statement he made at the “Addressing Perception on Safety and Security” forum yesterday. Read more

Royal pardon, end to death penalty sought during coronation

Source: FMT News

Human rights lawyer P Uthayakumar says prisoners deserve a second chance to make amends for past mistakes. Pic from FMT News.

Human rights lawyer P Uthayakumar says prisoners deserve a second chance to make amends for past mistakes. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Human rights lawyer P Uthayakumar has appealed for a royal pardon to commute death sentences and reduce jail terms for prisoners in conjunction with the official installation of Sultan Muhammad V as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong tomorrow.

In a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak today, he also asked that the death penalty be abolished, saying Malaysia was supposed to mature into a civil and developed society by 2020.

The lawyer asked Najib to advise the Royal Pardons Board to announce that prisoners facing death row, natural life and life imprisonment have their sentences respectively commuted to life imprisonment, maximum 20 years jail and 15 years jail. Read more

Uthayakumar files notice of motion for Royal Commission of Inquiry

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar (centre) has filed a notice of motion to the High Court for an order to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on prisons’ treatment of inmates. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 2, 2015.

Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar has filed a notice of motion to the High Court today for an order to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on prisons’ treatment of inmates.

Uthayakumar named Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and prisons director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar as respondents. Read more