2013 Custodial Deaths List- Will this ever ends?

Press Statement: 18 July 2013

2013 Custodial Deaths List- Will this ever ends?

SUARAM once again is publicizing the list of deaths under state custody for the year 2013.

Year Date Name Age Location
2013 14-Jan-13 Chang Chin Te 30 USJ8
2013 23-Jan-13 Sugumaran 39 Batu 14 Cheras
2013 01-Feb-13 Mohd.Ropi 43 Temerloh, Died at the Sultan Ahmad Shah Hospital
2013 10-Mar-13 M.Ragu 47 Kampar
2013 17-Mar-13 UNKNOWN 55 Seri Alam Johor
2013 3-April-13 Muhammad Kusyairi 25 Hospital Pulau Pinang
2013 21-May-13 Dharmendran 32 IPK KL
2013 27-May-13 Jamesh Ramesh 40 Penang
2013 01-Jun-13 Karunanithi 42 IPD Tampin
2013 8-Jun-2013 Nobuhiro Matshushita 33 USJ8
2013 4-July-2013 Cheong Fook Meng 53 Jalan Imbi
2013 16-July-2013 Chew Shiang Giap 26 Pusat Pemulihan Akhlak Batu Gajah

Three people have now died in police custody on the same date, the 16 of July. The first two were Teoh Beng Hock and Gunasegaran back in 2009 and now we have the latest case of Chew Siang Giap who was also found dead in the Batu Gajah prison rehabilitation centre on 16 July 2013. His death has once again has sparked public outrage against the increasing number of custodial deaths in the country.

SUARAM calls on the police to ensure accountability for the so-called “sudden deaths” of the individuals name above who were healthy before they were apprehended but lost their lives while under the responsibility of the police.

The right to life is guaranteed in Article 5 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). However the cases above highlight how personnel from the Royal Police of Malaysia seem to have a lack of respect for this fundamental right and the value of human life.

The police force and the judiciary tend to respond swiftly to other cases of murder but continue to fail to take similar steps in cases of deaths under police custody of innocent victims. This sends a chilling message to the public that these deaths do not count and that police personnel can operate above the law with impunity in this country. SUARAM calls on the authorities to ensure an independent and impartial investigation into all these cases and to make the findings public.

From the list above, only 3 police officers have been charged for the death of N. Dharmendran only after public pressure and outcry while one of them went missing. On the case of Karunanithi, who died in Tampin in June, till today no officers have been charged despite the fact that the post-mortem and video shows evidence of bruises and injuries on his body.

Now in this latest case of Chew Siang Giap, his father has also found bruises on the ears, shoulder and thigh of the deceased body. It is unacceptable that Chew Siang Giap’s family has to plead for an independent investigation to be made in order for the perpetrators to be held to account. Why can’t the police be proactive in investigating this death in custody? Further the EAIC has also been silent on the matter and has yet to initiate any investigation which is within their powers.

SUARAM calls for the setting up of an independent oversight mechanism to make sure the Royal Police of Malaysia respects human rights and performs its duties in accordance to the law. The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) has been the ongoing call from civil society groups since it was first proposed by the Royal Police Commission back in 2005.

SUARAM wants an end to these serious human rights violations. The public wants an independent body to probe these deaths in custody and hold the perpetrators to account. The failure to ensure effective police accountability mechanisms highlights the lack of political will by the government to take genuine steps to reform the police in this country.

Released by,
Thevarajan R
SUARAM Coordinator

 

 

Ops Scorpene Income and Expenditure Statement

 

OPS SCORPENE

INCOME & EXPENDITURE STATEMENT as at 15 June 2013

Balance b/f                                                                                                      RM   7,279-00

Income           

i)   Fundraising dinner -15 June 2012 ( RM238,837)

ii)  Donations (RM8,000)

iii) Sales (RM665)                                                                     RM247,502-00

Total Income                                                                        RM254,781-00

 

Less Expenditure:

1. Fundraising dinner                                                            RM 38,479

2. Legal Fees

i)    Jul-Sep 2012 (RM36,034)

ii)   Oct-Dec 2012 (RM37,825)

iii)  Jan-Mar 2013 (RM38,025)                                    RM111,884

 

3. Paris Trip (18-21 March 2013)                                RM 12,257

4. Campaigns

i)  Advertisements                                                              RM   1,000

ii) Press Conference (hall rental)                                  RM       660

iii) Road shows

Penang (RM1,640)

Perak (RM635)

Johore (RM1,055)

Kota Bahru (RM554)

Trengganu (RM1,005)

Pahang (RM663)

Singapore (RM2,308)

Sabah (RM261-00)                              RM    9,781

 

4. Printing

i)   Brochures (RM830)

ii)  T-shirts (RM21,850)

iii) Cartoon books (RM20,295)                        RM 42,975

 

5. SuaramProgram &Admin Cost         RM 38,633

Total Expenditure                                                                       ( RM255,669)

Balance                                                                                               ( RM         888)

 

 

Ops Scorpene Buka Puasa and Fundraising Dinner on 19 July 2013

19 JULY 2013, 7pm at DEWAN SIVIK, MBPJ
19 JULY 2013, 7pm at DEWAN SIVIK, MBPJ

 

SUARAM cordially invite all to the OPS SCORPENE BUKA PUASA AND FUND RAISING DINNER on 19 JULY 2013, 7pm at DEWAN SIVIK, MBPJ HALL, PETALING JAYA….

WE HAVE LIST OF GREAT SPEAKERS TO JOIN US….THEY ARE……

YB NURUL IZZAH, PAK SAMAD SAID, YB TENG CHANG KHIM,CARTOONIST ZUNAR AND SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY COMEDY COURT

SUARAM is proud that today we continue to stand tall as a leading voice for human rights and good governance, and are here to announce our next and continued attempts to keep the inquiry in France alive! Let us be clear that the ongoing inquiry is not and cannot be a SUARAM commitment alone.
Let us face these hurdles together, to free Malaysia from the clutches of corruption, once and for all.

Individual tickets are priced at RM 150 and RM500 and Tables are priced RM 1500 and RM 5000 each.
Online payments and pledges can be made out to SUARA INISIATIF SDN BHD MBB a/c no: 5122 9582 0324.

For further enquiries, contact [email protected] or contact SUARAM at 03 77843525/ Sarah +013-3470860

For further info and details you may visit Website:www.suaram.net Facebook https://www.facebook.com/suararakyatmalaysia
Twitter: suaramtweets

The OpsScorpene Case in Paris – At a Cross Road.

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT : 11 JULY 2013

The OpsScorpene Case in Paris – At a Cross Road.

SUARAM took a bold step in 2009 to pursue the corruption case involving the purchase of two SCORPENE submarines by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence from the French supplier, DCNS.

The decision to lodge a corruption complaint in the French court was because SUARAM faced brickwall after brickwall from the Malaysian authorities.

From the complaint lodge and after almost two years of initial investigations, the French authorities found enough evidence to appoint two judges to lead a court inquiry as per the French Judicial System.

Malaysians were filled with excitement, hope and encouragement that the truth may finally be revealed, even though if it is through an overseas court.

The first two fund raising dinners organized to raise funds to pay for the case  was greatly  supported by the public as Malaysians adopted the case as a People’s Initiative to fight against corruption.

As expected, the legal journey is a long and slow process and meanwhile the EURO 3,000 a month retainer fee for our French legal team needs to be paid.  The Malaysian OpsScorpene Team  serves pro-bono and often times having to face harassment and intimidation from the authorities.

The dwindling funds left the OpsScorpene Team with little choice but to organize yet another fund raising dinner scheduled for Friday 19th July 2013.

Sadly, the public response and support this time round is all but luke-warm. With under 10 days to go, less than 50% of the targeted tables have been purchased.

The Fund Raising dinner will definitely go on as scheduled, the OpsScorpene Case is now at a difficult cross road.

Although there have been slow but positive developments on the French side, the OpsScorpene Team is unable to reveal too much at any point in time as it may derail the court process. However, the Malaysian public is fast losing patience having seen little progress. Thus it is not surprising that there is luke-warm support for the fund raising dinner this time round.

However the truth remains that the empty coffers have resulted in the second quarter French legal  retainer fee being left outstanding. We need funds to continue pursuing the case.

Thus Malaysians will have to decide if indeed we want to continue to unite and pursue Truth and Justice.  It would be a grave disappointment to our future generation if this mother of all corruption case is to be dropped at this point.

The French courts have received great cooperation from the Hong Kong authorities in revealing the movements of illicit funds. Many names of individuals and companies have surfaced linking to politicians and political parties.

Do we drop this case now because of lack of funds; what path do we take now?

The ball is in the court of the Malaysian public.

 

Thank you.

 

Ops Scorpene Team

 

 

SUARAM URGENT ARREST TEAM

SUARAM URGENT ARREST TEAM

Attached is the Suaram’s urgent arrest team for 22 June 2013.

We have given our name and contact numbers.

This what we want you to do:

If you see or witness anyone being arrested at your respective place, please send SMS to the number that given.

 SUARAM URGENT ARREST TEAM

OFFICE NUMBER: 03 77843525 (DIANE)

 

 NO  PLACE  SUARAM PIC  NOMBOR
1 BRIECKFIELDS NALINI  019 3758912
2 UNIVERSITI MALAYA SYUKRI 0198013149
 3  JALAN RAJA LAUT  HASBEE  010 5033274
 4  SOGO THEVA  013 3845740
 5 JALAN PUDU PETER 0129059948

 

You only have to type:

a. Name

b. IC Number/passport number

c. Phone number

d. Police station that the person being taken to or detained

 

SUARAM will send the SMS to the lawyers as well as to the our person in charge in office.

You may also call our office and you can talk to Miss Diane and please give details to her.

 

Dont get panic when you being arrested by the police or being stopped by the DBKL. All you need to do is CALM DOWN and SMS US!

 

 

Thank you

Released by,

Nalini Elumalai

On behalf of SUARAM Team