Muhyiddin orders IGP to submit report on Siti Kasim’s case

Source: FreeMalaysiaToday

Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin – Bernama file photo

PETALING JAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has directed the Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun to submit a comprehensive report on the arrest of lawyer and activist Siti Kasim who was accused of kidnapping her client and preventing police officers from discharging their duties.

Muhyiddin said he had asked for the report to be submitted before any action is taken on the matter.

He said he had taken cognisance of the public outcry over the matter but as the home minister, he had to balance public interest with the private interests of those directly affected without impeding police investigations.

“I have also noted lawyer Siti Kasim’s response that she was at all times acting as legal counsel for the victim.

“I am fully aware of the right of the individual to legal counsel, and the right of counsel to act without being subjected to threats and harrassment by any parties,” he said in a statement. Read more

Arrest of Siti Kasim draws flak from all quarters

Source: The Star Online

KAJANG: The arrest of lawyer activist Siti Kasim and the police application of remand for her have drawn much outrage from lawyers and activists in the country.

They criticised the actions of the men in blue, saying that the matter could have been resolved amicably.

A number of lawyers and social activists showed up in solidarity with Siti at the Kajang magistrate’s court where the police attempted to obtain a remand order.

They included lawyer and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah. Read more

Police mull getting NGOs to act as middleman with human trafficking victims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The police said today they will consider roping in non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help investigations on human exploitation and trafficking.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said the suggestion was highlighted by several NGOs because exploited victims sometime feared repercussion from criminal syndicates if they spoke to law enforcement personnel.

“They know better than us because they are civilians and victims are more willing to talk to them.

“We will definitely pursue this matter as they have offered themselves to be the middleman on behalf of the police,” he said after attending an engagement session with NGOs on human trafficking at the federal police headquarters today.

About 60 people from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), the Malaysian Bar, and several human rights NGOs like Suaram and Tenaganita attended the dialogue organised together with the Council for Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrant (MAPO) under the Home Ministry. Read more

Woman awarded RM184,000 for son’s death in police custody

Source: FMT News

GEORGE TOWN: The High Court here today awarded damages totalling RM149,000 to a woman whose son died while in police custody in 2012, ruling that his death was due to police negligence.

Judge Abdul Wahab Mohamed also ordered all the defendants named in the suit, including the then Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ismail Omar, then People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) director-general Mustafa Ibrahim, and the government to pay costs of RM35,000 to the woman, Lim Gaik Suan, 71, and the victim’s sister, Cheah Saw Imm, 51.

In the judgment, Wahab said Cheah Chin Lee was in the defendants’ custody at that time and it was the responsibility of the defendants to ensure that the victim was not injured.

He also awarded the two plaintiffs – Lim and Saw Imm – RM114,000 in funeral expenses and RM20,000 in exemplary damages. Read more

Perak police rescue 18 human trafficking victims in Gerik

Source: The Malay Mail Online

HumanTrafficking2IPOH, Feb 26 — Perak police rescued 18 locals, including five children, believed to be victims of a human trafficking syndicate in Pengkalan Hulu near Gerik, about 170km from here early today.

The victims comprising five men and six women aged between 27 and 64; two boys aged 13 and 17; and five children aged betweeb two and seven.

A police team rescued the victims in a raid at an oil palm plantation in Kampung Tasek, Belukar Semang at the Kroh sub-district at 12.10am.

State CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee said a married couple believed to have masterminded the syndicate was detained to facilitate investigations. Read more

No need to monitor MACC, says EAIC chief

Source: FMT News

Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission chairman says current cooperation between both agencies enough to check on errant MACC officers, not the organisation.

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

Chairman of Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, Datuk Yaacob Md Sam ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA: The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) has cancelled its plan to place the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) under its purview, to enable the latter to maintain its independent status.

EAIC chairman Yaacob Md Sam said the EAIC believed that MACC should remain totally independent without being regulated by any government agency.

“If MACC is placed under the purview of any other agencies, this will create a perception that it is being controlled and has no elements of freedom,” he told reporters here today.

Yaacob said, at present, there were seven independent panels or committees monitoring MACC’s operations and its level of discipline.

Besides, he said the MACC was among investigative bodies that could work closely with the EAIC, in which the cooperation could not be exercised if MACC was placed under the EAIC’s purview.

In fact, Yaacob said the EAIC-MACC joint investigation team was established to investigate cases on enforcement officers who were involved in misconduct and corruption. Read more

Cops raid Bersih’s office before Bersih 5 rally

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh tweeted that the polls reform group’s office in Petaling Jaya was being raided by the police. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh tweeted that the polls reform group’s office in Petaling Jaya was being raided by the police. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 ― Police raided today Bersih 2.0’s office ahead of the Bersih 5 street protest tomorrow, purportedly under a law prohibiting acts undermining parliamentary democracy.

Bersih 2.0 secretariat member Mandeep Singh tweeted that the polls reform group’s office in Petaling Jaya was being raided and the police purportedly wanted to confiscate all of the group’s belongings.

“Bukit Aman in our office. Want to ‘rampas’ (confiscate) all our ‘barang’ (things),” the tweet on @mandeepkarpal read. Read more

Menjelang Bersih 5 esok, polis serbu pejabat Bersih 2.0

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

Ribuan penyokong Bersih 4 berkumpul dekat Dataran Merdeka bagi mendesak pilihan raya bebas dan kerajaan bersih pada Ogos 2015. ― Foto oleh Saw Siow Feng

Ribuan penyokong Bersih 4 berkumpul dekat Dataran Merdeka bagi mendesak pilihan raya bebas dan kerajaan bersih pada Ogos 2015. ― Foto oleh Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 Nov ― Polis menyerbu pejabat Bersih 2.0 di Petaling Jaya petang ini, tidak sampai 24 jam sebelum ia menganjurkan perhimpunan besar Bersih 5 esok.

Anggota urusetia badan pendesak pilihan raya bebas itu Mandeep Singh menulis di Twitter bahawa pasukan polis ibu pejabat persekutuan Bukit Aman di pejabatnya untuk merampas barangannya.

“[Polis] Bukit Aman di pejabat kami. [Mereka] mahu merampas semua barang,” coretnya melalui akaun @mandeepkarpal.

“Serbuan ini dibuat bawah Seksyen 124C,” tweetnya lagi, dipercayai merujuk Kanun Keseksaan atau seksyen berkaitan cubaan melakukan aktiviti yang memudaratkan demokrasi berparlimen.

Walau berdepan bantahan gerakan Baju Merah, ribuan peserta Bersih 5 dijangka berarak dari Jalan Bangsar menuju Dataran Merdeka mulai 10 pagi esok.

MENYUSUL LAGI

 

EAIC receives most complaints against police, chairman says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said 28 complaints were referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), 52 were referred to disciplinary authorities, 40 were referred to PDRM and MACC disciplinary authorities while 350 complaints had full investigations conducted. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said 28 complaints were referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), 52 were referred to disciplinary authorities, 40 were referred to PDRM and MACC disciplinary authorities while 350 complaints had full investigations conducted. — Picture by Mohd Yusof Mat Isa

PUTRAJAYA, July 22 — The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) received 1,551 complaints of misconduct in six years since its establishment in which 80 per cent or 1,065 of them involved the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).

EAIC chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said 28 complaints were referred to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), 52 were referred to disciplinary authorities, 40 were referred to PDRM and MACC disciplinary authorities while 350 complaints had full investigations conducted.

The remaining 859 complaints received since April 2011 until Wednesday were rejected, he said.

Speaking at a media conference after opening an EAIC Complaint and Customer Service Counter here yesterday, Yaacob said the large number of personnel and officers as well as the wide provision of law enforcement were among the factors PDRM were ahead of other enforcement agencies in getting complaints from the public.

“PDRM is the leading enforcement agency dealing with the people and the situation may cause dissatisfaction which drives the people to lodge their complaints,” he said.

On the percentage of complaints resolved, Yaacob said all complaints presented in 2011 to 2014 were completely solved while 93 per cent of the complaints were settled last year.  Read more

Human trafficking ring smashed

Source: The Malay Mail Online

TELUK INTAN, June 22 — Police have crippled a suspected human trafficking syndicate that was smuggling Indonesian migrants back to their home country.

This comes after they intercepted a cargo boat carrying 48 Indonesians as it was moving through the waters of the Bernam river on June 9.

The 48 migrants included 31 men, 16 women, and a two-year-old girl who were allegedly being transported to Tanjung Balai, Indonesia, from Bagan Lipas, near here.

Hilir Perak police chief ACP Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad said police intercepted the vessel after receiving information from the Rungkup police station.

“We made the arrests at around 6am, while the boat was one kilometre away from the shore. The passengers did not put up a fight but three men who were handling the boat jumped overboard,” he said at a press conference yesterday. Read more