Youth detained by police rushed to hospital next day (Malaysiakini)

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Youth detained by police rushed to hospital next day

A 24 year-old youth sustained serious head injuries while he was held in custody at the Kulim district police headquarters on the night of March 29, his brother claimed today.

NONEBadaruddin Mohd Tajuddin (left) said Kulim police failed to ensure the safety of his brother – Muhammad Kusyairi – when he was in their custody that night, before he was rushed to the hospital the next day.

Kusyairi was detained in Taman Selasih, Kulim, about 9.30pm on March 29 for suspected motorcycle theft and is currently being treated at the Penang Hospital.

According to the Kedah police, Kusyairi was beaten up by members of the public when caught trying to steal a motorcycle.

“Is is unfortunate that after he was arrested by police and was taken into their custody, the next day (March 30), he was rushed to the Penang Hospital from Kulim,” Badaruddin said after lodging a police report at the Northeast District police headquarters on Jalan Pattani in Penang.

“He sustained injuries on his head and is now in a state of coma.

“As his family, we want to know how Kusyairi suffered such grave injuries to his head and become unconscious only after he was put in the police lock-up,” he said.

Badaruddin urged the police to investigate the matter thoroughly, adding that the family demands to know his brother’s condition during the arrest and when he was in police custody.

Suaram coordinator Sean Ho, who was present, said it is the responsibility of the police to protect suspects they take into custody.

“If Kusyairi was beaten up as claimed, the police should have sent him to the hospital immediately,” Ho said.

Kusyairi’s family plans to hold another press conference on Thursday, at which they intend to release more information on the matter, upon confirming certain details.

Police deny allegations

Kedah police have strongly denied allegations that its officers had beaten Kusyairi while he was in custody.

State deputy police chief Abdul Ghafar Rajab said Kusyairi was in a “weak condition” and the force was not able to interrogate or question him.

He confirmed that the suspect – from Kupang, Kedah – was nabbed for alleged theft of a motorcycle “belonging to a 23 year old”.

The owner was shocked to see the suspect on his motorcycle and approached him with 30 others members of the public,” Bernamaquoted Abdul Ghafar as saying.

“They managed to nab him and then hit him until two policemen came to stop the scuffle.”

Abdul Ghafar said that since Kusyairi was very weak, he was sent to the Kulim Hospital about 11.20pm for treatment.

Since Kusyairi was in critical condition, he had to be rushed to the Penang Hospital where he is in a coma.

“The suspect will be charged under Section 379A Penal Code with motorcycle theft and investigation papers are being prepared to probe those who allegedly beat him up, under Section 324 for causing injuries to the suspect,” he said.

He reminded the public that it is not wrong to help nab a suspect but that they must not go beyond the limit, as it could lead to their own arrest.

However, Abdul Ghafar said none of those involved have been arrested or asked to give a statement.

SUARAM and WAO denounce acts of violence against migrant workers

10 May 2013

For Immediate Release

SUARAM and WAO denounce acts of violence against migrant workers

On the day of the 13th general election, evidence emerged, including videos circulated on social media, depicting violent acts committed by some members of the public towards individuals thought to be migrants in an attempt to stop them from voting.

While the efforts undertaken by the public to contribute towards clean and fair elections are commendable, SUARAM and WAO condemn all acts of intimidation and violence targeted at any community, including migrants.

There was a high sense of anxiety prior to the 13th general election, touted by many as Malaysia’s most highly contested election ever. Legitimate concerns arouse over allegations of vote buying in exchange for the issuance of MyKads. Vote buying is unacceptable and illegal, and actions should be taken against the individuals and institutions who have abused their power in doing so.

The groundswell of support shown by the public to push for clean and fair elections has been unprecedented. Many reports have surfaced of fraud taking place during the 13th general election. But in our fight to achieve clean and fair elections for the betterment of our country, we must not resort to violence and intimidation as a means.

Additionally, as we combat racism in our country, let us not commit acts and rhetoric that contribute towards xenophobia.

Towards this end, we urge all Malaysians to respect the rights of other human beings, including migrants, to security of person and to be free from discrimination.

– Ends –

For further information, please contact:

Ivy Josiah

Executive Director

Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)

Phone: 03 7957 5636

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

(SUARAM)

Phone: 03 7784 3525

RACISM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD IN BAYAN BARU

Press Statement: 10th May, 2013

RACISM REARS ITS UGLY HEAD IN BAYAN BARU

The racist article published by UTUSAN MALAYSIA and Najib’s shocking “Chinese Tsunami” statement had gained momentum amongst the racists in Bayan Baru, Penang.

On 9/5/2013,  a group consisting of multiracial students from Bayan Baru’s Universiti Sains Malaysia became victims to violence perpetrated by an unknown racist group. The students were entering into the compound of USM to present an anti-racism petition when they were stopped and violently assaulted by a group of about 100 men.

The aggressors were witnessed to have attempted to disperse the multiracial group of students with pepper spray, some even resorted to physical assaults against the students and had called the Chinese students among the group as “Cina Babi”.

The fracas took place in the presence of the police and campus’ security personnel but no actions were taken to disperse and ensure the safety of the students. Instead, the students were chased out of the campus by the security to face the wrath of the violent racist group.

Desperate and feared for their lives, the students sought refuge in SUARAM’s office across the campus but instead of dispersing the violent group, the police saw it fit to knock on SUARAM’s office together with members of the group to search for the students for questioning.

SUARAM strongly condemns the complicity of the police and the incomprehensible actions and/or inactions by the police in defusing a potentially life threatening situation faced by the students. More shocking, several students were questioned by the police but none of the thugs were reprimanded.

It is saddening to see how responsible adults could easily be incited by racial sentiments and resorted to violence against a harmless group of students. The students were merely playing their part in fighting racism, which should be admired and encouraged as a noble cause. It should even be participated by all peace loving Malaysians across the country.

SUARAM demands the police to immediately reprimand the aggressors and provide an explanation on the police’s ridiculous and incomprehensible actions taken against the students. SUARAM also urge for an explanation from USM on their failure to protect the students from the dangerous group.

On this note, SUARAM reminds the mainstream media and the Barisan Nasional to stop playing into racial sentiments and take concrete steps to eradicate racial violence.

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Nalini Elumalai
On behalf of SUARAM

ALLOW THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND RESPECT THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

 

PRESS STATEMENT: 8 MAY 2013

 

ALLOW THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND RESPECT THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

SUARAM urges the Malaysian government to respect the fundamental right to peaceful assembly by allowing the opposition rally today at the Kelana Jaya Stadium. The rally is being held in response to allegations of election irregularities and fraud that happened on Election Day.

SUARAM also condemns the statement by the IGP Ismail Omar who stated that the rally is illegal (7 May 2013, an article in news portal Malaysiakini titled “Rally illegal, participants face arrest, warns IGP”). SUARAM‘s position is that there is no need for an application of a permit by the organizers which is in line with provisions in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA), .  As far as SUARAM is concerned, the organisers only need to notify to the police of the assembly.

The right to freedom of peaceful assembly is guaranteed in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Further, the right of every Malaysian to assemble peacefully without arms is also enshrined in the country’s highest law, the Federal Constitution.

SUARAM continues to call for abolishment of the Peaceful Assembly Act as many of the provisions in the Act contravenes international human rights standards and provides the police with excessive powers to restrict peaceful assemblies

As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Malaysia has made commitments on numerous occasions, in various international fora to protect human rights. If the government does not intend to make a mockery of its own international commitments, it must allow the rally to proceed without any disruption, and ensure that the police manage the rally in compliance with international human rights standards.

Released by,

 

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

SUARAM

Ops Scorpene: French Inquiry Makes Headway

 

PRESS STATEMENT: 23 APRIL 2013

 

OPS SCORPENE: FRENCH INQUIRY MAKES HEADWAY

 

On 19 April 2013, 2 SUARAM secretariat, and key spokespersons of the Ops Scorpene campaign, Ms Cynthia Gabriel and Ms Fadiah Nadwa, went on an urgent mission to PARIS at the request of SUARAM’s French lawyers, William Bourdon and Apoline Cagnat.

 

The two judges in charge of the case Roger LeLoire and Serge Tournaire, have been following recent new information offered by various persons on the death of Altantuya Shaaribuu.

 

The brief mission discussed the following details:

 

  1. Important revelations on the deepening role of Najib Razak in the SCORPENE Scandal and the brutal murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu.
  2. New and damning revelations surrounding the SD1 and SD2, the testimonies of the late PI Bala shortly before his death, on Najib’s and his family members direct hand in the controversy and the further revelation of lawyer Americk Sidhu at the Malaysian BAR AGM 16th March 2013.
  3. The lead judge in the ongoing inquiry Roger Le Loire has requested further information on how the recent testimonies will impact upon the ongoing investigations. The French courts have now extended its investigations into circumstances that led to her death, and especially if Najib had abused his powers as then Deputy Prime Minister to cover the truth behind the brutal death of Altantuya.
  4. Ongoing investigations some of which are completely confidential and are awaiting the green light from the judge before it gets to the public domain hopefully in the coming days.

 

Outcomes

 

  1. Our lawyers have submitted to the judge, the latest developments, suggesting strong elements of acts of criminality under the Penal Code including criminal intimidation and obstruction of justice by Najib in instructing for the SD2 to be formulated, for the fabrication of lies and untruths without the consent of PI Bala.

 

  1. 2 new witnesses will be subpoenaed urgently. The first is senior lawyer Americk Sidhu (PI Bala’s lawyer) followed by Cecil Abraham. We note that the Bar Council has just a few days ago reported that they have referred Cecil Abraham to the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board  for misconduct.
  2. At least two other fresh exposes will be made in the coming weeks, pending approval from the judge.

 

BACKGROUND

 

French prosecutors found prima facie evidence to investigate alleged improprieties against French naval shipbuilder DCNS over its sale of two Scorpene submarines to the Malaysia in 2002. Judges Roger Le Loire and Serge Tournaire  – have been entrusted to oversee the case at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance.

 

SUARAM has been made a civil party to the ongoing inquiry, which commenced on 16 March 2012.  The two judges are designated to investigate the (alleged) misuse and mismanagement of funds amounting to more than 114.9 million Euros or RM 540 million ringgit.

 

 

 

We thank our lawyers and judge Le Loire for their diligence in pushing open the ongoing inquiry onto new levels, where the investigations will now focus on Najib as a key personality in trying to cover up the death of Altantuya Shaaribuu, and his deepening role in the Scorpene Scandal.

 

 

Thank You

 

Cynthia Gabriel

Fadiah Nadwa

 

 

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SUARAM