Execution of Michael Anak Garing in Singapore

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the execution of Michael Anak Garing that took place at dawn today.

The death penalty does not and will never provide justice. The execution of Michael Anak Garing would not deter any future crime, nor would not undo the crime that was committed by him. The death penalty merely endorses and repeat the violence and senseless loss of life inflicted by the accused through his crime and legitimize violence.

SUARAM reiterate our call for the end to death penalty and for Singapore to abolish the death penalty.

The Malaysian government must set Malaysia must learn from the senseless violence practiced by Singapore and ensure that Malaysia is set on the path for total abolition of the death penalty, and not the path where violence and murder is legitimized through the criminal justice system.

SUARAM would also like to take the opportunity to extend our condolence to the family of Michael Anak Garing.

Death Penalty Delivers Violence and Cruelty, not Justice

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) offer our condolences for the family of Prabu N. Pathmanathan for their loss and condemns the execution of Prabu N. Pathmanathan by Singapore on the dawn of 26 October 2018.

The pursuit of justice through death penalty can only be described as a folly as death penalty itself does not provide for justice but merely inflict violence upon another. The pursuit of justice cannot rely solely on punitive measures but must include an opportunity to rehabilitate the offender and an opportunity for there to be reconciliation, not just for the family of victims but the greater society which the crime has harmed.

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Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 19 Oct 2018

We expected the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (MTR11MP) to be an exposition of the new PH government’s new development strategy that would be radically different from that of the previous BN government’s. After all, the new MP for Port Dickson, Anwar Ibrahim expressed gratification that the Prime Minister Mahathir had integrated the “Reformasi” agenda into the national agenda. What radical reforms are in this review of the 11MP? Pray show us.


Malaysia: Singaporean activist deported, barred from workshop

FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights

and its member organization in Malaysia

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

 Joint press release

Malaysia: Singaporean activist deported, barred from workshop


Kuala Lumpur, Paris, 23 June 2017: The Malaysian government must immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Singaporean activist Han Hui Hui, FIDH and its member organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) urged today.

FIDH and SUARAM condemn the Malaysian authorities’ decision to deport Ms. Han back to Singapore and prevent her from participating in a human rights workshop in Kuala Lumpur.

“Malaysian authorities treated Ms. Han as if she were a dangerous criminal. The travel ban imposed on Ms. Han limits her rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and must be lifted immediately,” said FIDH President Dimitris Christopoulos.

On 18 June 2017, Immigration Department officers at Kuala Lumpur International Airport prevented Ms. Han from clearing immigration and detained her for several hours. During the detention, plainclothes officers informed Ms. Han that she was blacklisted from entering Malaysia.

When a lawyer provided by SUARAM asked the immigration officers to provide the legal basis on which they relied to ban Ms. Han from entering Malaysia, the officers said the ban was issued under Article 8(3)K of the 1959/63 Immigration Act. The provision states that immigration authorities are authorized to bar any person who is deemed by the Home Affairs Minister to be “an undesirable immigrant” from entering the country.

Ms. Han had been invited to attend the Regional Youth Exchange Program organized by SUARAM from 19 to 23 June in Kuala Lumpur.

At 7:40pm, Ms. Han agreed to be deported back to Singapore. She boarded a flight back to the city-state at 9:45pm. During her five most recent visits to Malaysia, from April 2015 to the latest on 12 May 2017, Ms. Han did not encounter any problems entering the country.

“It is a sad state of affairs when the Malaysian government declares an activist persona non grata and prevents her from attending a human rights workshop. Ms. Han must be removed from the blacklist immediately and allowed to engage in peaceful human rights activities that are beneficial to Malaysians,” said SUARAM Executive Director Sevan Doraisamy.

In Singapore, Ms. Han has actively campaigned to promote government transparency and accountability, and for the respect of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. On 22 February 2017, Ms. Han was imprisoned for several hours in the Singapore State Courts lock-up on charges of causing a public nuisance under Article 290 of the Singaporean Criminal Code over a peaceful demonstration she had organized in September 2014.

Press contacts:

FIDH: Mr. Andrea Giorgetta (English) – Tel: +66886117722 (Bangkok)

FIDH: Ms. Audrey Couprie (French, English) – Tel: +33143551412 (Paris)

SUARAM: Mr. Sevan Doraisamy (English, Malay) – Tel: +60169708370 (Kuala Lumpur)

On the Execution of Kho Jabing

For Immediate Release
20th May 2016

On the Execution of Kho Jabing

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the execution of Kho Jabing by the Government of Singapore on the 20th May 2016.

Despite the unanswered concerns regarding the impartiality of the appeal proceeding, the Government of Singapore have refused to answer the public plea for clemency and unconscionably carried out the sentence at 3.30PM after the dismissal of Kho Jabing’s appeal on the morning of 20th May 2016.

The concerns that Kho Jabing’s right to fair trial was violated was affirmed when Justice of Appeal, Andrew Phang failed to recuse himself and sat as part of the coram of judges who heard his motion on the 19th May 2016. SUARAM would like to reiterate the importance of an impartial tribunal especially in cases involving the use of capital punishment and remind the Government of Singapore the importance of the notion that justice need not only be done, but seen to be done. The failure to ensure justice had been done in this case would forevermore tarnish Singapore’s ability to provide a fair trial for those seeking justice in its legal system.

Further, the doubt as to whether Kho Jabing the prosecution had adequately proved the necessary mens rea for Kho Jabing’s act to tantamount to murder expressed by some of the presiding judges during the trial should have been taken into account during the sentencing. Despite the existing doubts, the death sentence was still imposed on Kho Jabing. The failure to account for this clearly violates the recognized international norms where capital punishment can only be imposed when the crime meets the threshold of ‘most serious crimes’.

In light of these concerns, the refusal to provide for a stay of execution and the apathy shown by Government of Singapore in regards to the plea for clemency by the family and members of the public can only be described as callous and unconscionable to say the least.

The death penalty does not provide justice and in this case it has caused a great injustice to the family of the deceased. This execution also marks Singapore departure from the norms of developed states where the use of capital punishment has been gradually phased out. The insistence that capital punishment remain a facet of its criminal justice system clearly show its disinclination to join the rank of developed country in regards to its recognition of human rights. SUARAM reiterate our stance that the use of capital punishment must be abolished and call upon governments which still endorses the use of capital punishment to re-examine the use of capital punishment and instate a moratorium on it immediately!

In Solidarity,
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director