IGP SHOULD FOCUS ON THE CRIME, NOT POLITICS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 21 July 2019

Inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador has expressed frustration at the unfolding saga over a sex video implicating Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali, stating that it is consuming a huge amount of police time and resources:

“This whole thing is political. I have been urged from day one to verify the authenticity of the video. Now, after doing so, I am being accused of making political statements…”

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KEKEBALAN POLIS PUNCA KEMATIAN DALAM TAHANAN BERTERUSAN

1. IGP harus Gantung Pegawai Penyiasat kes dan Ketua Balai Klang Utara

Pada 18 Disember 2017 jam 2.40 petang, G. Ganeshwaran yang berumur 29 tahun telah didapati meninggal dunia di dalam perjalanan ke Hospital Ampuan Rahimah, Kuala Lumpur. Mangsa telah ditahan pada 14 Disember (Khamis) lalu selepas selesai sebutan bagi kes dia yang lampau di luar mahkamah oleh anggota dari IPD Klang Utara. Ganeshwaran kemudian dibawa untuk tahanan reman pada 15 Disember, dan diberikan reman selama tujuh hari sehingga 21 Disember 2017. Pada pertemuan di mahkamah pada Jumaat lalu, Ganeshan telah mengadu kepada ibunya yang dia telah dipukul semasa berada di dalam tahanan. Perkara sama telah diberitahu kepada ibunya pada hari isnin lalu, dimana dia telah ditendang di tekak sehingga Ganesh tidak mampu untuk makan selama dua (2) hari. Ibunya juga menceritakan bahawa terdapat darah pada mulut Ganesh dan dia hampir pengsan semasa berbual sehingga Ganesh terpaksa dikejarkan ke hospital, di mana dia meninggal sebelum sempat tiba di hospital.

SUARAM ingin menyarankan kerajaan mengambil amalan terbaik yang digunakan di luar negara terutamatamanya di United Kingdom untuk menyiasat kematian dalam kes ini, di mana siasatan dijalankan bagi mengetahui kesemua kemungkinan tentang punca kematian oleh Suruhanjaya Bebas Salahlaku Polis (IPCC) yang membawa kepada pengenalpastian dan hukuman kepada pihak bertanggungjawab terhadap kematian seperti di dalam kes pembunuhan. Siasatan perlu dijalankan oleh pegawai berpengalaman yang tiada kaitan dengan sesiapa yang mungkin disyaki sebagi suspek di dalam kes ini dan ia harus diselesaikan secepat yang munasabah. Badan penyiasatan juga harus berhubung dengan keluarga mangsa untuk menjelaskan peranan mereka di dalam penyiasatan melalui mesyuarat dan maklumbalas berterusan, agar keluarga sentiasa tercerah dengan proses siasatan.

Ianya munasabah bagi IGP untuk menggantung Pegawai Penyiasat bagi kes Ganeshwaran dan Ketua Balai Klang Utara daripada tugas sehingga siasatan ke atas kematian ini selesai dijalankan, kerana mereka adalah individu yang bertanggungjawab untuk memastikan keselamatan dan kesihatan tahanan terjaga. Ketua Polis Negara tidak boleh lagi hanya berdiam diri dengan kes kematian dalam tahanan yang berlaku saban tahun. Sebagai ketua polis yang baru dilantik beliau sepatutnya memastikan prestasi pihak polis meningkat, namun jumlah kematian yang semakin bertambah pada tahun ini menunjukkan perkara sebaliknya. Ketua Polis Negara harus memastikan mereka mencapai sifar kematian pada tahun hadapan.

2. Ketua Polis Selangor tidak boleh terus berdiam diri dan harus bertanggungjawab negeri kematian terbanyak pada tahun 2017

Kematian Ganeshwaran merupakan kes kematian kedua tahun ini yang melibatkan IPD Klang Utara, pada 8 Febuari lalu, P. Balamurugan telah ditemui meninggal dunia semasa di dalam tahanan IPD Klang Utara. Balamurugan juga dilaporkan dipukul dengan teruk sehingga akhirnya dia meninggal dunia. Kematian kedua di tempat yang sama berturut-turut membuktikan tiada tindakan daripada pihak polis dan kerajaan yang benar-benar serius untuk menyelesaikan kes kematian di dalam tahanan polis. Ini sama sekali bercanggah dengan kenyataan Menteri Dalam Negeri, yang menyatakan kerajaan serius untuk menangani kematian dalam tahanan di Perlimen pada Mac tahun ini. Suaram menggesa satu siasatan bebas dijalankan ke atas kematian ini seperti yang sudah diperuntukkan didalam Seksyen 329 (c) dan 334 di dalam Bahagian VIII (Peruntukan Khas) Bab XXXII (Inkuiri Kematian) Kanun Prosedur Jenayah yang memperuntukkan satu inkuiri dijalankan bagi menyiasat punca kematian di dalam tahanan yang didengar oleh koroner.

Kami juga ingin mengingatkan bahawa kesihatan tahanan sepanjang tempoh penahanan adalah di bawah tanggungjawab pihak berkuasa dan ia harus diberikan perhatian yang serius, seperti yang dinyatakan di dalam penghakiman di dalam kes Chandran A.L Perumal oleh Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi S. Nantha Balan pada 9 Januari lalu. Jelas, di dalam kes ini tiada tindakan yang diambil di atas saranan daripada Hakim Mahkamah Tiggi, kerana akses kepada penjagaan kesihatan dan keselamatan Ganesh jelas dikopromi sehingga menyebabkan kematiannya. Dengan kematian terbaru ini, Kontingen Polis Selangor telah mencatatkan jumlah kematian tertinggi di dalam pemantauan Suaram bagi tahun 2017 iaitu enam (6) kematian (sila rujuk pada jadual 1.0). Sebagai Ketua Polis bagi Negeri Selangor beliau perlu bertanggungjawab memberikan maklumbalas diatas kematian yang tertinggi ini.


3. Suaram menuntut agar:

1. Menggantung Pegawai Penyiasat bagi kes Ganeshwaran dan Ketua Balai Klang Utara daripada tugas sehingga siasatan ke atas kematian ini selesai

2. IGP perlu mengadakan satu perjumpaan bersama badan bukan kerajaan (ngo), Suruhanjaya Hak ASASI manusia (SUHAKAM) dan Suruhanjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasaan (EAIC) bagi membincangkan penyelesaian dan amalan terbaik dalam menanganni kematian dalam tahanan.

3. Menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Aduan dan Salahlaku Polis (IPCMC)

4. Menjalankan siasatan ke atas kes kematian dalam tahanan mengikut amalan terbaik yang disarankan di atas.

Jadual berikut menunjukkan senarai bagi kes-kes kematian di dalam tahanan yang dipantau oleh SUARAM sepanjang tahun 2017:

Nama:

Tarikh kematian:

Balai Polis:

Lokasi kematian:

Negeri

1

Soh Kai Chiok

18 Jan 2017

Balai Polis Bera

IPD Bera

Pahang

2

S Balamurugan

8 Feb 2017

Lokap Balai Klang Utara

Lokap Balai Klang Utara

Selangor

3

Thanaseelan Muniand

25 Feb 2017

Lokap Bukit Sentosa

Lokap Bukit Sentosa

Selangor

4

Siva A/L Raman

20 Mar 2017

Penjara Tapah

Pahang

5

M Segar Mahalingam

19 Apr 2017

IPD Port Dickson

Port Dickson

N. Sembilan

6

Mageswaran a/l Madhavan

24 Apr 2017

Penjara Seremban

Penjara Seremban

N. Sembilan

7

Mohd Izhar Abdul Rahman

27 Apr 2017

IPD Seberang Perai Tengah

IPD Seberang Perai Tengah

P. Pinang

8

Parthiban A/l Karuthani

22 Mei 2017

IPD Melaka Tengah

Hospital Melaka Tengah

Melaka

9

Tahanan Reman

17 Jun 2017

Balai Polis Daerah Limbang

Hospital Miri

Sarawak

10

Vickraman Devid

15 Jun 2017

IPD Shah Alam

Kompleks Mahkamah Shah Alam

Selangor

11

Baskar Rao

29 Aug 2017

Jelapang Police Station

Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital

Perak

12

Mohd Baihaqy Nik Mat

30 Sep 2017

Bilik Unit Penagkapan Sungai Wangi

Perak

13

Muhammad Lailatulman Mohd Sukri

30 Sep 2017

Bilik Unit Penagkapan Sungai Wangi

Perak

14

Benedict A/L Thanilas

7 Okt 2017

IPD Sentul

Pusat Tahanan Jinjang

Selangor

15

Ong Kok Leong

5 Nov 2017

Penjara Sungai Buloh

Hospital Sungai Buloh

Selangor

16

G. Ganeshwaran

18 Dis 2017

Balai Polis Klang Utara

Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah

Selangor

New IGP: Engage with Civil Societies and be Different from Khalid Abu Bakar

For Immediate Release
6 September 2017

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by the appointment of the former Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar as Prasarana Malaysia Berhad chairperson and his appointment as the special envoy to enhance relations with the international community in combating terrorism, extremism and human trafficking.

In his term as Inspector-General of Police, Malaysia has witnessed a series of backtrack with regards to human rights. During his tenure, human rights defenders, activists and political opponents of Barisan Nasional were subjected arbitrary detention and arrest with a historic regression where activists and political opponents of the government were detained without trial under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012[1]. The Prevention of Crime Act 1959 was also abused to arrest and detain a known whistleblower on misconduct and corruption within the police ranks[2] .

On top of the abuse of security laws during his tenure, Khalid Abu Bakar himself was known to threaten human rights activists and lawyers on social media. Throughout his tenure, it was common for him to denounce comments made by activists and netizens as seditious[3] and ‘issue’ orders[4] for activists to be investigated on Twitter. He was also known to make unilateral declarations that certain events are illegal with unsubstantiated allegations[5]. In less than 5 years, SUARAM documented more than 200 cases under the Sedition Act 1948 and more than 300 cases under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

True to his track record when he was the Chief of Police for Selangor[6], death in custody continue to plague Malaysia throughout the years under his tenure[7]. The widespread and systematic use of torture and the death of detainees are answered with silence and falsehood by the Royal Malaysian Police. Recommendations by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was also disregarded by Khalid[8].

Apart from the active human rights violations perpetrated by the Royal Malaysian Police during his tenure, Khalid Abu Bakar has repeatedly failed to answer for the allegations of his family members involvement in the sales of firearms and training center for handling firearms; the failure to locate and return the children of Indira Gandhi despite court orders; the failure to account for the investigation into 1 Malaysian Development Berhad; the failure to address the issue of enforced disappearance; the failure to curb political violence; and failed to improve the Royal Malaysian Police with regards to human rights and rule of law.

Despite the shortcomings, Khalid Abu Bakar is now rewarded with appointment to government linked company and appointed as a special envoy to the government. With his questionable track records and the human rights violations perpetrated under his tenure, his appointments to this portfolio will undoubtedly be perceived as a reward by the government and further damage the Malaysian government’s credibility.

With the shortcoming of the outgoing Inspector-General of Police and the human rights violations perpetrated under his tenure, the new Inspector-General Police must make clear commitments to human rights and democracy and remedy the human rights violations set in place.

SUARAM calls on the newly appointed Inspector-General of Police to have open engagement and roundtables with members of the civil societies on the human rights issues raised and commit to improving the Royal Malaysian of Police’s commitment to human rights.

In Solidarity

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

[1] Matthias Chang & Khairuddin Abu Hassan detained in September 2015 and Maria Chin in November 2016

[2] Dato R Sri Sanjeevan was detained under POCA after a series of chain-remands in June 2016

[3] https://twitter.com/kbab51/status/623732404503511040

[4] https://twitter.com/KBAB51/status/860496552258818048

[5] http://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/penganjur-kursus-marxisme-kilat-akan-dipanggil-beri-keterangan-khalid-abu-bakar-96562

[6] http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2013/06/27/khalid-responsible-for-kugans-death-court-sgor-police-chief-failed-to-act-promptly/

[7] Numbers of death in custody reported: 2013 – 13; 2014 – 14; 2015 – 12; 2016 – 15; 2017 – 8

[8] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/igp-blasts-eaic-custodial-death-report-as-deceptive

IS THERE AN ATTEMPT TO FABRICATE A “LINK” TO PASTOR RAYMOND KOH’S ABDUCTION?

Press Release by the Citizen Action Group on Enforced Disappearance (CAGED)
30th August, 2017

We refer to the Open Letter to IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar from Susanna Liew, the wife of Pastor Raymond Koh, released today.

The letter has exposed that the IGP has exercised double standards. This is so because he urged the family not to speak to the media about the abduction, but himself cavalierly and carelessly spoke to the media about the abduction.  Also, the police spoke more to the media and less to the victim’s grieving and restless family.

We applaud Susanna for boldly saying so in public and call upon the police to apologize for their negligence and to act more professionally in the future.

Yet, we at CAGED are particularly alarmed by the allegation of inconsistencies between (1) the IGP’s announcement on 25 June of “new leads” found after a “main player” in an arms, drugs and human trafficking syndicate was shot dead in Kedah and (2) the Kedah Chief of Police (CPO), Datuk Asri Yusoff’s 18 June press conference about the shootout, a day after it occurred.

The open letter has pointed out that in his press conference, the Kedah CPO listed items recovered from the car of the “main player” and from his house.

The Kedah list included 2 car number plates, WNS5168 and BNW217. It did not include any objects related to Pastor Raymond Koh. Yet, on 25 June the IGP said the Kedah police had seized, from the house of the “main player,” a number plate bearing the letters ST5515D, the registration number of the car Pastor Koh was driving when he was abducted.

CAGED therefore asks IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to answer these questions:

  1. Why is number plate ST5515D not included in the list of seized items released by the Kedah Police on 18 June?
  2. Did you fabricate the claim that Pastor Raymond Koh’s number plate was found in the dead suspect’s house?

We at CAGED are sure the public at large would want to hear the IGP’s answers to the above 2 questions.

If the IGP does not provide a satisfactory response, we will have to conclude that he fabricated the “link” between the dead smuggler and Pastor Raymond Koh’s abduction.  And, we will ask, why do the police find it necessary to fabricate evidence?

Statement issued by:

The Committee of CAGED

For further information please contact CAGED at +603 7954 5724 or email at [email protected]

Royal Malaysian Police is NOT a Tool for Political Crackdown!

For Immediate Release
7 April 2016

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the arrest of youth activists and political leaders in the past week and the threats issued by the Inspector-General of Police against opposition Members of Parliament.

The arrest of Shazni Murni and Shukri Kamarudin under the Sedition Act 1948; the arrest of Muhammad Zhafran under Section 504 of the Penal Code; the arrest of YB Rafizi Ramli under the Official Secrets Act 1972; and the arrest of YB Chan Ming Kai under Section 186 of the Penal Code can only be described as the start of a political crackdown against youth activists and political leaders. There is no legitimate justification for the arrest and the detention of these individuals. The Royal Malaysian Police as the keeper of peace and security should not be exercising their power for political reasons as they have in these cases.

Further, Members of Parliament are elected representative of the people and must be allowed to perform the duties expected of them. These duties would naturally include the protection and promotion of their rights as Members of Parliament. The protest against the treatment of a fellow parliamentarian and the show of solidarity expressed by opposition Member of Parliaments should not and cannot be subjected to threats by the Inspector-General of Police.

Threats issued against any Members of Parliament in such a manner should be construed as threat to Parliamentary democracy as it posed a direct and immediate threat to the Parliament and those who sit within. The Inspector-General of Police would do well to remember the role of the Royal Malaysian Police and put an end to the unnecessary interference against Parliamentary activities.

Recalling Malaysia’s support shown by the Government of Malaysia for the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution on the protection of human rights defenders[1], SUARAM reminds the Government of Malaysia and all associated government agencies to remember the obligations it has undertaken by supporting the said resolution and take immediate steps to fulfil their obligations.

On this note, SUARAM calls for the immediate release of all activists and opposition leaders arrested and detained by the Royal Malaysian police and for the Royal Malaysian Police to cease with its crackdown against human rights and democracy!

In Solidarity,
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

[1] http://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/161