After husband shot by cops, widow urges independent probe

Source: The Malay Mail Online 

PERAK 20-12-2017.An emotional R.Vaijentimala pleaded for justice, as Marimuthu’s shooting had placed her nine-month old daughter and herself in a desperate situation. MALAY MAIL/Farhan Najib

IPOH, Dec 20 — The widow of a man shot by Perak police in Air Kuning, Tapah last May urged today for an independent investigation into the shooting that killed her 41-year-old husband.

R. Vaijentimala, 41, wanted a murder investigation launched into what she believed to be the wrongful shooting of her husband M. Marimuthu on May 24 2017.

To this end, she lodged a police report at the Ipoh police district headquarters earlier today, accompanied by her family and her lawyers N.Surendran and Latheefa Koya.

Surendran said that the family’s questions were based around the trajectory of the bullets which entered Marimuthu’s body.

He claimed the official post-mortem report contradicted Perak police chief Datuk Hasnan Hassan’s account of the shooting.

“Hasnan was quoted in the press saying that the suspect exited his car and fired at police, who then retaliated by shooting him twice in the chest,” he told reporters outside police headquarters.

“However, the post mortem report states that one of the bullets entered his body at a downward 40 degrees angle.”  Read more

High Court upholds verdict police beatings led to Karuna Nithi’s death

Source: Malaysiakini

The High Court in Seremban has upheld a coroner’s court’s open verdict that police detainee P Karuna Nithi’s death was due to beatings by police and other detainees.

Judge Muhammad Jamil Hussin rejected the judicial review application filed by the government, saying there is no ground to overturn the coroner’s findings.

“This judgement is made after reviewing the inquest record proceedings, as well as taking into consideration the arguments made by the lawyer representing the victim’s family, as well as the lawyer representing the Bar Council.

“I also reviewed and studied the relevant case facts and found that there is no ground to nullify the judgement made by the coroner’s court in the inquest two years ago,” Muhammad Jamil was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times. Read more

Police officers ignored multiple SOPs, says North Klang police station chief

Source: The Star

PUTRAJAYA: The police officers at the North Klang District police station repeatedly ignored standard operating procedures in their handling of detainee S. Balamurugan who died in their custody, said its chief.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Yusoff Mamat (pic) said this at the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) hearing investigating the death of 44-year old S.Balamurugan who died in custody on Feb 7.

“I had in a briefing in December said that any detainee found ill should be sent to the hospital immediately. They disobeyed me.

“I was not informed that Balamurugan’s remand application was rejected. On top of that they had also defied the Inspector General Standing Orders (IGSO) by not allowing the detainee to change out of his lock up clothes when taken to court,” he said on Tuesday.

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Malaysia: Can police be trusted to investigate their own failures? — Zan Azlee

Source: Asian Correspondence

Policemen stand outside North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 7, 2017. Pic from Reuters

Policemen stand outside North Korea’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 7, 2017. Pic from Reuters

“I received a call from the police saying my husband was in a very serious condition. The next thing I know, he is dead,” said a sobbing S. Perimilah, the wife of the late M. Thanaseelan who died under police custody.

Thanaseelan’s passing is one of the 1,654 custodial deaths since 2010 until February 2017, according to Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who revealed the statistics in Parliament recently.

“I want to know if he died because of what happened to him when he was in police custody or after he had been sent to the hospital,” she said before having to be consoled off the stage by her daughter because she couldn’t control her emotions any longer.

Perimilah was one of the panelists at a public forum entitled Let’s Talk About Our Police at a suburb in the outskirts Kuala Lumpur over the weekend. The forum also saw in attendance lawyer R. Sivaraj from the  and the Sevan Doraisamy from human rights group Suaram. Read more

Art For Grabs: Fifty Shades of Green


Poster artwork by Ronnie Khoo of Ohsum Mossum Terrariums.

WILL OUR PLANET SURVIVE US? Some say yes, but only when humans become extinct. This may become a reality, given the rate at which we are going. So, let’s stop fighting lah over who is the master of the land and let’s give Earth a fighting chance instead.

Joining Jaya One’s Earth Hour programmes, Art For Grabs presents 90 art and activism booths, featuring DIY art & crafts, plus environmental and social causes. Is there more that we can do together beyond saying no to plastic bags and logging? Come meet fellow Malaysians out to save our Earth; one home, one company and one state at a time.

Sponsored by Selangor State Government – Standing Committee of Standing Committee of Tourism, Environment, Green Technology & Consumer Affairs, and Jaya One.

Ps. No plastic bags provided. Bring your own bags. Or buy a nice one here!

Sat 25 & Sun 26 Mar 2017
12pm – 8pm daily
The School, Ground Floor, Jaya One,
Jalan Universiti, Petaling Jaya

Poster artwork by Ronnie Khoo of Ohsum Mossum Terrariums.

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Forum by Fashion Revolution Malaysia
The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world. Before purchasing your next batik outfit, it matters for you to know how, where, and who makes the fabric you are buying. Get to know the environmental issues surrounding batik making in Malaysia and the unseen challenges faced by its workers.
Fern Chua (Batik Designer)
Maryam Samirah Shamsuddin, Founder of Cotton + Sago
Moderated by: Sasibai Kimis, Country Coordinator of Fashion Revolution Malaysia

Art For Grabs very own open mic session for anyone with a poem, a song or a manifesto to share. Get in touch with

Forum by Art For Grabs
The Orang Asli says the forests are their homelands. The state says the forests are theirs to finance development. The Forestry Department says they have the rights over forests reserves. The timber companies say they are granted the right to log. What do you say?
Moderated by Colin Nicholas (Centre for Orang Asli Concerns).

Forum by Amnesty International Malaysia
Torture is not part of any operating procedure in Malaysia neither is it legal. BUT, it still happens. Looking back at how torture is used in Malaysia, this panel addresses how do we Malaysians justify its existence and its usage. More importantly, do WE feel safer because of it?

By If Walls Could Talk – Poetry Open Mic
Marking International Women’s Day this month, witness the powerful voices of Kuala Lumpur’s women spoken word poets. Featuring: Cat Brogan (UK), Afi Noor, Dhabitah Zainal, Anjali Venugopal, Hana Sudradjat,Gwendoline Esther Hay, Meninder Kaur and musical performance byBeverly Matujal. Hosted by Melizarani T. Selva.

by Jaya One
Jaya One joins the worldwide movement for the symbolic shutting down of lights for one hour. Featuring Fusion Wayang Kulit, plus celebrity appearances and performances, including Amber Chia, Dennis Yin, Jazel Lim, and Shawn Lee.

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Wynnee’s Home Farm Bokashi Talk and Demonstration
Learn the art of ‘Bokashi’, a Japanese alternative to traditional composting from avid gardener Wynnee Goh. Suitable for apartment dwellers and homes without a backyard, the talk will cover the various ways of preparing Bokashi and what its byproducts can be used for. Participants will also learn how to make their own Bokashi Bin after the talk.

Presenting Minahs’ and Ah Chung’s Solutions to Plastic Bag Pollution!
Going green is a lot more than not using plastic bags. Be part of the conversation on how you can start your own campaign and organise your own green initiatives with nothing more than your family, your community, and your collective desire to see some changes around here.
#TakNakStraw Campaign founders Carolyn Joan Lau and Mareena Yahya Kerschot
Zero Waste Malaysia administrator Sue Yee Khor
UrbanR Recycle Collection co founder Vincent Chung
Arts practitioner Lorna Henderson Omar
Hosted by: Pang Khee Teik

Forum by Projek Dialog
Explore a critical rethinking of human-animal relationships in the Malaysian context, where some of our most biodiverse lands are being destroyed. What are some of our most damaging misconceptions of the human-animal divide? Does religion distort that distinction, in how it always ends up privileging humans over all earthlings?

Presented by Chevening Talk Series
Any change for the planet has to start small, be it with one individual or organisation. The Chevening Talk Series on Climate Change will explore the bigger picture of the Selangor state government’s green policy and how to integrate ethical eco-friendly practices within companies and individual lives.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Zatashah of Selangor
YB Elizabeth Wong, Selangor’s Green Technology and Environment Committee Chairman
Lavanya Iyer, Head of Policy & Climate Change at WWF-Malaysia
Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, Founder of The Body Shop Malaysia
Moderated by Yasmin Rasyid, Founder of EcoKnights
Register to RSVP:

TOXIC FREE SELANGOR: Launch of E-Waste Recycling Programme
By Selangor Environmental Alliance
As part of an ongoing campaign since 2015 to reduce harmful chemicals in the grounds, the Selangor State Government has been supporting initiatives to collect electronic wastes. We welcome you to our latest phase: the Launch of E- Waste Recycling Program, where the public can drop their small e-waste such as light bulbs, batteries, CDs, power adapters, handphones, mouse, keyboards, etc. Come join us for this environmental milestone as the state government shoulders the responsibility together with the rakyat.
Guest of honour: YB Elizabeth Wong.

by The Malaysian Bar Council
A total of 242 detainees died in police custody between the year 2000 to 2014 based on SUHAKAM reports. As the Bar Council renews its call for the Government to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, join the discussion as we ask the question: What happens when our law enforcers are found to have broken the law?

Custodial deaths: This time, heads must roll!

Source: Astro Awani

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

In Malaysia, the number of deaths in police custody is significantly high and has become a matter of public concern and scrutiny. Photo for illustration purpose

KUALA LUMPUR: On March 20, another custodial death has allegedly taken place in Tapah prison in Perak.

R. Siva, 30 was supposed to have been released on March 20 but when a family member went to the prison to bring him home, he learnt the unbelievable: the detainee had died and his body taken to the Tapah Hospital, awaiting post-mortem.

As news of his death in police lock up resurfaced, one can expect the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) to dutifully announce that the agency would investigate the matter.

It is only the first-quarter of the year and already four custodial deaths have been reported, to date.

The EAIC had reportedly confirmed several weeks ago that it has formed a task force aimed at investigating the deaths of two inmates — Soh Kai Chiok at the Bera district police headquarters in Pahang on Jan 18 and S. Balamurugan at the Klang Utara district police headquarters in Selangor — on Feb 8.

This was followed by the investigation of M.Thanaseelan at the Bukit Sentosa police station lock up in Hulu Selangor on Feb 25. Read more

Why Malaysia should ratify the UN Convention Against Torture — Eric Paulsen

Source: FMT News

The Convention prohibits torture under any circumstances including during a state of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, pic form FMT News.

The Convention prohibits torture under any circumstances including during a state of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, pic form FMT News.

On 10 December 1984, the same day Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) was adopted by the UN General Assembly. Following ratification by 20 State Parties, CAT entered into force on 26 June 1987. Since then, an overwhelming majority of 161 State Parties have joined the Convention. As you might have guessed, Malaysia is not one of the State parties.

CAT is one of the first international treaties to globally address the issue of prevention of torture. The Convention prohibits torture – defined as the intentional infliction of severe mental or physical suffering for a specific purpose by a public official, who is directly or indirectly involved.

The objective of the Convention is to compel State Parties to emphatically prevent and criminalise acts of torture, and build instead a framework to cultivate respect for human rights. It compels State Parties to take ‘effective’ measures to prevent acts of torture in its territories and jurisdiction. It prohibits absolutely torture under any circumstances including during a state of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency. Further, ‘an order from a superior officer or a public authority’ cannot be used as a justification for torture. Read more

At AGM, lawyers to push for charging dishonest cops who cover up custodial deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru - Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru – Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

Also calling for an IPCMC to be set up is Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru, who in his proposed motion noted that questionable deaths in police custody, unlawful fatal police shooting and police brutality on detainees continue to occur.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Police officers who dishonestly seek to hide their colleagues’ torture and murder of detainees should be prosecuted instead of being protected or disciplined internally, lawyers have proposed.

In a proposed motion for the Malaysian Bar’s 71st annual general meeting (AGM) to be held  tomorrow, the lawyers said prosecuting these alleged “bad” officers was necessary to both protect the police’s integrity and to serve as deterrent to other police officers, enforcement officers and prosecutors.

They noted that those involved in the country’s administration of justice — such as the police, enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges — are expected to have “honesty and integrity”.

“As such, when the police has been found to be wrongly and dishonestly tampering with evidence and records, and/or involved in actions of ‘cover-ups’, these actions cannot be tolerated.

“The failure of police officers to report wrongdoings and/or crimes of their fellow police officers also cannot be tolerated,” the March 10 motion proposed jointly by Malaysian Bar members Charles Hector Fernandez, Francis Pereira, Shanmugam Ramasamy.

“There is a need to weed out such ‘bad’ and/or dishonest police officers, and it is also important that such police officers not be ‘protected’, but be charged and tried in a court of law,” they added. Read more

Balu mahu siasatan bebas kematian suami dalam tahanan


Komen HAKAM: Setiap kematian dalam tahanan polis semestinya disiasat. Pihak Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (Suhakam) dan Suruhanjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan (EAIC) sedang menjalankan siasatan sedemikian.

Soalannya, adakah siasatan-siasatan begini mencukupi untuk meraih keadilan bagi pihak-pihak semati dan keluarga mereka? Sedangkan pegawai polis mungkin terbabit dalam kesalahan yang membawa kepada kematian-kematian ini, adakah wajar ataupun mencukupi kalau hanya pihak polis yang diberi kuasa rasmi untuk menyiasat dan menjatuhkan apa-apa kehukuman terhadap anggota mereka yang disabitkan bersalah mengabaikan ataupun melanggari SOP polis ke atas tahanan polis?

Memandangkan kejadian-kejadian kematian dalam tahanan polis masih seringkali berlaku, bukankah wajar pertimbangan yang lebih berat dan mendalam diberi kepada seruan berterusan untuk penubuhan Suruhanjaya Bebas Aduan dan Salahlaku Polis (“Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)“)?

Sumber: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Balu Thanaseelan Muniandy, yang meninggal dunia dalam tahanan polis bulan lepas, mahu siasatan bebas ke atas kematian suaminya.

Piremilah Sinasamy membuat laporan polis di IPD Petaling Jaya hari ini, meminta Bukit Aman menyiasat kematian itu.

“Pegawai dari balai polis Bukit Sentosa tidak boleh melakukan siasatan ke atas kematiannya kerana mereka mungkin terbabit,” kata suri rumah itu.

Piremilah mendakwa keluarganya tidak diberitahu mengenai penahanan Thanaseelan sehinggalah selepas kematian. Thanaseelan ditemui mati di balai polis Bukit Sentosa, Hulu Selangor 25 Februari lalu. Read more

US report raps overcrowded prisons and re-arrest of suspects

Source: FMT News

It says prisoners have been physically hurt, and notes some 700 deaths in the last four years. Pic from FMT News.

It says prisoners have been physically hurt, and notes some 700 deaths in the last four years. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Washington’s annual human rights report has hit out at harsh conditions in Malaysia’s prisons and immigration detention centres, saying more than 700 detainees had died since 2013.

The US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 noted the overcrowded conditions of Malaysia’s prisons and detention centres especially in major cities, while criticising the procedures and treatment of detainees in general.

The report quoted government statistics that up to April last year, 721 prisoners had died, an average of 18 deaths per month.

But it said there were no official numbers on deaths at immigration detention centres.

The report, by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said prisoners were often caned, and NGOs and media were not permitted to monitor prison conditions. Read more