Justice for Bill Kayong: Police and Prosecution must Ensure Justice is Done!

We, the undersigned civil society organisations, expressed our dismay at the acquittal of three prime suspects in the murder of indigenous rights activist, the late Bill Kayong @ Mohd Hasbie Abdullah.

On 6 June 2017, three of the four accused for the murder of Bill Kayong was discharged and acquitted by the Miri High Court following prosecution’s failure to establish prima facie case against the three.

Following the extensive investigation which was reported in the media; followed by the interpol manhunt for Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang who was eventually extradited from China; and the long history of dispute over Native Customary Rights (NCR) land in Sg Bekelit, Bekenu championed by the late Bill Kayong which involves the Tung Huat Plantation (which Stephen Lee was a director of). The acquittal of the three suspect is a travesty of justice.

In light of the long history of conflict, threats and violence by the accused’s company against the community. Failure by the police and prosecution in establishing adequate evidence against the accused is unjustifiable and can only be described as incompetent. Notable failure by the police and prosecution includes the failure to call for witnesses from the community who could testify and give useful evidence and the failure to adduce the threats made against Miri MP Dr Michael Teo and the Late Bill Kayong as evidence.

The loss of Bill Kayong is felt throughout the country especially in the community in which he had served over the years and it is of paramount importance that his assailants are brought to justice. Failure in conducting comprehensive investigation and providing due evidence for prosecution represents a failure in fulfilling the police and public prosecution’s duties and obligations to the people of Malaysia; and by proxy a failure by the Government of Malaysia in upholding justice and protecting the indigenous peoples and their rights to native customary land.

Furthermore, reflecting on the stakes involved in the case and the history of conflict between one of the accused, the community and Bill Kayong, their acquittal due to inadequate evidence would undoubtedly create and fuel public suspicion that there is an attempt to cover up the crime and protect the assailants.

To this end, we the undersigned civil society calls:

  1. For the Attorney General Chambers to discharge its duties professionally and ensure justice for Bill Kayong and his family and ensure those who have had a hand in his murder to be brought to justice;

  2. For the police to act with the professionalism it has shown in the past and discharge their duties accordingly;

  3. For the Sarawak State Government to fulfil its promises and obligations in protecting and promoting indigenous rights and the rights to native customary land;

  4. For the promise for the establishment of working committee on NCR land with community participation to be implemented immediately.

Signatories:

1) Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
2) Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
3) Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
4) Community Development Centre
5) Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
6) Sahabat Alam Malaysia
7) NTFP EP (Malaysia)
8) Institute for Development of Alternative Living (IDEAL)
9) Persatuan Masyarakat Tering Miri
10) SAVE Rivers
11) Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
12) Lawyer Kamek For Change (L4KC)
13) Persatuaan Dayak Sarawak (PEDAS)
14) Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia
15) North South Initiative
16) Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)
17) Persatuaan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
18) Knowledge and Rights with Young People through Safer Space (KRYSS)
19) Pusat KOMAS
20) Sarawak Native Land Rights Network (Jaringan Tanah Hak Adat Bangsa Asal Sarawak) (TAHABAS)
21) Baram Protection Action Committee (BPAC)
22) Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Negeri Sembilan (JKOANS)
23) Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
24) Wanita Desa Sarawak (WADESA)
25) Borneo Resources Institute (BRIMAS)
26) Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung Kawasan Jagoi (JKKK Jagoi)
27) Belia Jaringan Orang Asal (Belia JOAS)
28) Persatuan Usahasama Kampung Gabungan Tiong, Tamparuli Sabah (PUSAKAG)
29) Monongkad Tinungkusan- Pertubuhan Rakyat Gabungan 5 buah Kampung
30) Pertubuhan AJK Perak Utara untuk menyelesai isu-isu pembalakan yang berlaku di Semanjun, Perak (AJK Perak Utara)
31) Malaysia Youth & Student Democratic Movement (DEMA)
32) Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
33) Dayak Think Tank Group (DTTG)
34) Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE)
35) Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
36) Lawyers for Liberty (LFL)
37) Sahabat Rakyat (人民之友)
38) ALIRAN
39) ENGAGED
40) Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia Negeri Sarawak
41) Baramkini
42) BERSIH 2.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections)
43) Rakyat Jelata

Salah Guna Kuasa Polis : Penangkapan Berantai (tukar gari) dan Penyiksaan Dalam Tahanan Tanpa Bicara Selama 27 Hari.

Polis semalam (13 Jun 2017) telah menahan Thuraisinggham A/L Loganathan di bawah Akta Pencegahan Jenayah 1959 (POCA) selepas ditangkap secara berulang sebanyak tujuh kali selama 26 hari. Beliau telah ditahan secara berturut-turut di IPD Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Gombak, Sungai Buloh, Brickfield dan Dang Wangi. Selain penangkapan sewenang-wenangnya yang bercanggah dengan hak asasi manusia, beliau juga memaklumkan keluarga bahawa penyiksaan turut berlaku ke atas beliau, di mana beliau melaporkan bahawa dia telah dipukul oleh orang tahanan lain dibawah arahan pihak polis dan dipaksa mengaku bersalah terhadap tuduhan yang dikemukkan terhadap beliau.  Sepanjang masa tahanan beliau, keluarga beliau juga tidak diberikan sebarang maklumat kepada keluarga tentang penyiasatan dan penangkapan mangsa dan membiarkan mereka bingung dan risau dengan keadaan beliau.

Dari 25 Mei 2017 hingga hari ini, empat daripada tujuh reman yang diminta oleh pihak polis telah ditolak, namun penangkapan berantai masih lagi dilakukan berkali-kali. Ini merupakan satu pencabulan hak dan undang-undang di bawah Kanun Prosedur Jenayah  ( AKTA 593 ). Selain dari itu, penyiksaan fizikal dan mental terhadap tahanan yang di reman selama hampir sebulan tanpa bicara menunjukkan sikap tidak bertanggungjawab pihak polis dalam mengendalikan kes. Selepas kejadian kematian dan siksaan yang berlaku ke atas P. Balamurugan baru-baru ini, jelas kerajaan tidak mengambil iktibar. Ternyata siksaan masih lagi berlaku terhadap rakyat malaysia semasa di dalam tahanan

Thuraisinggham kini ditahan di bawah POCA dan masuk hari pertama beliau dalam tahanan POCA. Sampai sekarang, keluarga masih lagi belum dibenarkan berjumpa dengan beliau. Keluarga bagi pihak Thuraisinggham telahpun melakukan laporan kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM) dan laporan polis ke atas siksaan dan penangkapan berantai yang dilakukan pihak polis.

SUARAM mengecam tindakan pihak polis yang jelas mencabuli hak asasi manusia dan menyalahi prosedur undang-undang yang tertakhluk dalam Kanun Prosedur Jenayah. SUARAM sekeras-kerasnya mengutuk sebarang penyiksaan dan penganiayaan ke atas tahanan dan menyeru agar Thuraisinggham dan tahanan lain dibebaskan dari tahanan POCA dan diberikan peluang untuk dibacarakan dalam mahkamah secara adil.

Sevan Doraisamy
Pengarah Eksekutif
Suara Rakyat Malaysia