SUARAM Won SUHAKAM Human Rights Award 2011

M’sia ‘lagging far behind’ Indonesia on human rights


The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) today proposed that parliamentary select committees give more focused and informed consideration to basic rights issues.

Suhakam chairman Hasmy Agam said this would bolster parliamentary democracy in the country.

“Every policy or law being formulated in the interest of the country must not only comply with the provisions in the Federal Constitution but also universal principles and human basic rights norms,” he said at the inaugural Basic Human Rights Award 2011 presentation ceremony.

“The voice of the people must be acknowledged and accorded priority, regardless of whether they are government or opposition supporters, when drafting policies and implementing certain programmes, particularly with regard to women, children, senior citizens and the Orang Asli in the peninsula and natives in Sabah and Sarawak,” he stressed.

Suaram honoured with award

He said Malaysia should be a forerunner among Asean nations in upholding basic human rights.

“Malaysia is lagging far behind in the aspect of human rights compared to other countries like Indonesia although we are progressing fast economically,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Special Award went to Integrity School (a school of six set up within a prison for juvenile offenders based in Kajang, Kluang, Marang, Sungai Petani, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching).

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) received the award in the Organisation Category and Tijah Yok Chopil of the Semai Orang Asli, in the Individual Category.

A ‘Young Maid for Sale’ report of ntv7’s Mandarin version of ‘Edisi Siasat’ hosted by Kong Lik Hwan won in the Media Category.

– Bernama