THE QUESTIONABLE IMPARTIALITY OF THE MALAYSIAN POLICE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 29 Dec 2019

The suppression of the congress of Chinese educationists over the khat issue by the Malaysian police sadly followed the same strategy we have seen repeated again and again during the last few decades. When the Prime Minister announced a few days ago, that this privately convened congress would, in his logic, lead to opposing rallies by Malay groups, it was the cue for Malay supremacists to spring into action and threaten a demonstration against this congress.

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IPCMC MUST PRIORITISE DEATHS IN CUSTODY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 19 July 2019

While it is good to see a bill for the establishment of the long-awaited Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) on the parliamentary agenda, it seems to miss the wood for the trees! Practically the entire bill is taken up with all manner of police misconduct while deaths in custody is only dealt with casually under “Part VIII: Miscellaneous:

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IPCMC – THE POLICE ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 3 May 2019

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun has been quoted as saying that the police force does not want to hand over the power to take disciplinary action against its personnel to the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). He added that:

“The IPCMC wants to take over the powers of the Police Commission (SPP) under Article140 of the Federal Constitution on issues regarding disciplinary action and investigations.

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Justice for Dharmendran Must be Pursued

For Immediate Release
1st July 2016

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is disappointed with the decision reached by the court in the prosecution of police officers that allegedly caused the death of N. Dharmendran in police custody.

In April 2016, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) delivered a substantive report on the death of N. Dharmendran. The report’s findings suggest that some police officers were directly or indirectly involved with altering documentations and evidences relating to the death of N. Dharmendran. Further, the report also highlights the weak links in the operating procedures of the Royal Malaysian Police on custodial death and recommended for actions to be taken against officers responsible for illegally altering documentations and records relating to N. Dharmendran’s detention.

In light of the availability of clear evidence indicating complicity, it is of paramount importance that criminal sanction made against all those responsible for causing the death of the Dharmendran. With the clear evidence of physical violence against the deceased, failure to prosecute would be a travesty of justice. If the prosecution is incapable of producing sufficient evidence for a charge of murder, the prosecution must re-evaluate its approach to the case.

To this end, SUARAM calls for the prosecution to seek an appeal against the decision by the courts and ensure that justice is done. SUARAM reiterate our previous call for prosecution for other officers that were complicit in altering the evidences relating to the death of N. Dharmendran and ensure that all that were involved with the case would not escape justice.

In Solidarity,

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM