Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) report on the death of N. Dharmendran and call on the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Royal Malayian Police to take immediate actions based on the EAIC’s report.
The issue of custodial death has plagued Malaysia since time immemorial with select members of Royal Malaysian Police showing complete disregard for custodial death. Some members of the Royal Malaysian Police have shown their inclination to manipulate the evidences in order to protect their interests such as in the case of A. Kugan. The damning report by EAIC leaves no doubt that those that were complicit in causing the death must be punished accordingly in order to deter future offenders and for the Royal Malaysian Police to restore its image and integrity.
To this end, SUARAM calls for immediate and drastic steps to be taken by the Royal Malaysian Police. All officers directly implicated by EAIC report must be suspended from duty immediately pending a formal disciplinary action. If EAIC report is found to be accurate, these officers must be immediately discharged from the force.
The EAIC have clearly indicated that selected members of Royal Malaysian Police have disregarded Para 33 of the Inspector General of Police’s Standing Order (IGSO) Part A ‘118’ and acted directly against the IGP’s order. The Inspector General of Police should cease his attempts to discredit EAIC report and undertake immediate steps to remedy the problem at hand. Failure to adhere to the ISGO also clearly contravenes the IGP earlier claims that the Royal Malaysian Police is always professional in their conduct. The cause of non-compliance with ISGO must be thoroughly investigated.
In light of the ample evidence against officers that were complicit in the death of N. Dharmendran, the Attorney General’s Chambers must initiate prosecution against those involved. Failure to do so would undoubtedly raise the perception that the criminal justice system in Malaysia as biased and favours enforcement agencies. With the Royal Malaysian Police compromised by two damning reports from EAIC and falling public perceptions, the Attorney General’s Chambers must take steps to protect the integrity of the criminal justice system.
SUARAM would like to remind all those concerned that failure to act would result in further injustice and put thousands of detainees at further risk of harm. Immediate steps must be taken to address this gross human rights violations and ensure that custodial death would not reoccur. SUARAM would also like to acknowledge the comprehensive report and investigation by EAIC and look forward to the conclusion of other investigations by EAIC.