51 years of ISA: Enough is enough! Abolish Now!

Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA

Press Statement: 1st August 2011

51 years of ISA:  Enough is enough! Abolish Now!

Today, 1st August 2011 marks the 51st Anniversary of the enactment of the notorious Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA). The ISA was originally enacted to succeed emergency laws aimed at combating the communist insurgency during the 1940s and 1950s. However, it has since been used against those who commit acts deemed to be “prejudicial to the security of Malaysia”, or threatening to the “maintenance of essential services” or “economic life”. The government arbitrarily determines which acts fall under these categories and by using a loose interpretation of the legislation, has detained scores of individuals under the ISA, many of whom were prisoners of conscience, trade unionists, teachers, religious activist and community workers.
We are celebrating 54 years of independence but what is the meaning of it if the state still uses ISA by detaining persons without trial and without any form of judicial process? The draconian act infringes the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), as listed below:
Article 5, Federal Constitution of Malaysia
    (3) Where a person is arrested he shall be informed as soon as may be of the grounds of his arrest and shall be allowed to consult and be defended by a legal practitioner of his choice.
    (4) Where a person is arrested and not released he shall without unreasonable delay, and in any case within twenty-four hours (excluding the time of any necessary journey) be produced before a magistrate and shall not be further detained in custody without the magistrate’s authority    and
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
Article 9
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.
Are We Still In A State Of Emergency To Resort To Such “Emergency” Laws?
The ISA has been kept in use all this time mainly because it is a very convenient tool at the disposal of the government. The ISA itself has served as an instrument of terror of the State and used consistently against dissidents who have defended democratic and human rights of Malaysians. While we are no longer the state of emergency, the gloomy cloud of ISA continues to put us under a state of siege mentality. Even if there is a state of emergency, there can be no justification for a person to be detained for an extended period without trial. Is it any wonder that this draconian law was enacted on the year the Emergency was declared over?
On the occasion of the anniversary of the draconian ISA, GMI also expresses gravest concerns over other existing emergency and preventive laws which also provide for indefinite detention without trial, namely the Emergency Ordinance 1969 (EO) and the Dangerous Drugs Act 1985 (DDA). As of February 2010, 819 individuals were detained without trial under the EO, while 412 were incarcerated under the DDA which amounts to a total of more than 1,200 individuals detained without trial in Malaysia notwithstanding the ISA detainees.
The recent detention of 6 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leaders namely MP Dr. Jeyakumar Devaraj, Sarasvathy Muthu, Saratbabu Raman, Sukumaran Munisamy, Choo Chon Kai and Letchumanan Aseerpatham shows that the EO is equally draconian and has now been misused by the government to detain political activists. The 6 have been released on 29 July unconditionally because of the continuous and persistent pressure on the government by the brave Malaysians who stood and fought for the release without any fear because the people of Malaysia believe that the detention of 6 is unlawful and unwarranted. Salute to Malaysians!
Torture under ISA
All these years under the ISA, the first sixty days of solitary confinement have been even more draconian than the security laws in South Africa under Apartheid, or even in the Northern Ireland during the war against the Irish Republican Army. In February 2004, 31 ISA detainees who were alleged as terrorists from Jemaah Islamiah (JI) and held at the Kamunting detention camp accused the police of applying 59 forms of mental and physical torture. This includes round-the-clock interrogation depriving detainees of sleep, stripped naked during interrogation, forced to urinate in a bottle, forced to drink spittle of interrogators, beard shaved and burned, ordered to make tea, massage the interrogators, threatened to arrest their family members, kicked and beaten up etc. In an ongoing civil suit of a detainee against the government, former detainee Malek Hussin told that he was stripped naked, kicked and beaten-up, force-fed dirty and stinking water and subjected to sexual abuse.
Every decade has grisly tales of torture to relate. These dark deeds by the Malaysian Special Branch are the scandalous side of “Malaysia Boleh”. The biggest scandal of all is that to date, none of these torturers have been brought to justice, nor have deterrent sentences been passed on them. These cases are only the tip of the iceberg. While the government denies any such acts, it remains very difficult for victims of torture to prove the acts, especially while in detention.
No Progress, More Hypocrisy

To date, more than 30 ISA detainees continue to languish in the Kamunting Detention Camp.  The detainees have been accused of various allegations, including being members of militant groups Jemaah Islamiah (JI), Darul Islamiah (DI), coins counterfeiting, forging fake documents, human trafficking and etc. None of them has been brought to court.
Even yesterday, the Home Minister Hishammuddin said that two people detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for links with terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LLTE) have been deported to Sri Lanka.  He also mentioned that the government is considering releasing the seven Immigration Department officers detained under ISA for their involvement in human trafficking. This  release is due to the Ramadan month. The power of minister and police is ultimately unquestionable!
Since Najib Razak came to power in 2009, the ISA has continued to be used in the same way in the name of national security, ranging from persons allegedly spreading rumours through SMS, to political dissidents and alleged terrorists. In 2011, the government continued its tactic of creating a climate of fear through the use of the ISA, threatening to invoke it upon activists and organisers of BERSIH 2.0 who allegedly asked the people of Malaysia to participate in street demonstrations.
lSA is not only unfair and unjust to the detainee, it has become one of the main root-causes of corruption, abuse of power and police brutality, which the Abdullah administration tried to address with the setting up of the Royal Police Commission. The lack of transparency and accountability and the secrecy surrounding the use of the ISA provide a more than perfect environment for corruption, abuse of power and torture by the police, knowing fully well that they will get away scot-free with absolute impunity.
GMI is disappointed with the performance of the PM, who has shown no hesitation in continuing to invoke the ISA to arrest and detain more people without trial. We have a vast array of laws which provide an adequate legal framework to deal with threats against national security, trafficking activities, counterfeiting currency or falsifying documents which do not by contravene universally accepted principles of justice and human rights. Why, therefore, is the ISA still needed?
Respect the Judiciary

Under the ISA, EO and DDA, there is no space for the judiciary to intervene or review the decision made by the Minister of Internal Security. The lack of judicial check and balance has exacerbated the abuse of power by the police who can get away with impunity. It has also facilitated torture and ill-treatment of detainees. Malaysia cannot call itself a democratic country when there is such a law that permits detention without trial and gross violation of human rights.
Movement to Abolish Preventive Law’s

GMI, in its 10 year existence has succeeded, through its many programmes, in raising public awareness about the injustice and cruelty of the ISA. It has also been able to put continuous pressure on the government by campaigning at home and abroad. As part of an intensive programme to campaign against the detention of number detainees, GMI has produced several publications and pamphlets which have been distributed throughout the country. GMI also organised the biggest and historical Anti ISA rally in 2009 and most recently simultaneous Anti ISA candle-light vigil in 2010 in 8 states in Malaysia.
GMI therefore calls for the following:

1.         Abolish the ISA and all forms of detention without trial; charge all detainees in an open court or else release them immediately and unconditionally.
2.         Conduct public inquiries and investigate all cases of torture reported; make public the reports of investigation and bring all perpetrators of torture, inhumane and degrading treatment of the ISA detainees to justice.
3.         Use the present criminal laws to deal with crimes pertaining to national security. Our criminal laws which provide for a maximum of 15 days of detention are more than sufficient for investigative purposes.
4.         Heed the call of SUHAKAM, the independent body which safeguards human rights in Malaysia, to review and abolish ISA. Numerous international human rights bodies have also voiced the same for many years.
5.         Restore the independence of the judiciary to curb abuses of power by the police.
6.         Ratify the Convention Against Torture, the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, and the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Abolish ISA!
Release All The Detainees!
Close Down KEMTA!
Released By,
Nalini.E
Secretariat of GMI

Asylum Swap Deal & the 60th Year Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention

Press Release (28 July 2011)

Asylum Swap Deal & the 60th Year Anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention: Ratify First, Arrange Later

Today, 28th of July, 2011, will mark the 60th year anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention – the first and main international agreement that protects the fundamental rights of refugees across the world. 142 nations have ratified the convention. This number does not include Malaysia.

Asylum Swap deal signed

On Monday, 25th June 2011, Australian and Malaysian governments together signed the controversial asylum swap deal. The deal to send 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia in return for 4,000 recognized refugees to Australia comes into effect immediately at midnight.

As a human rights organization, SUARAM strongly condemns the decision to continue the deal, which is constantly criticized by additional various quarters including the UN as well as Malaysian and Australian activists.

SUARAM is of the view that this is a gross denial of freedom and the right to seek asylum in Australia, a country that is signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention. SUARAM rejects the elucidation that this deal would be a win-win situation for the both governments and a total loss for the smugglers. What about the subjects involved (asylum seekers or transferees)? Do the governments believe this deal will benefit them (asylum seekers)? Do they think this deal will confine asylum seekers to a boat sailing to Australia? This deal does not meet its justification of stopping human trafficking and the smuggling business model.

The failure to look into human rights principles

SUARAM believes that the failure to take into consideration human rights principles is the most crucial and overlooked element in the arrangement. Poor human rights protection has been encouraging asylum seekers to flee from Malaysia and sometimes use whatever means they deem necessary to seek protection.

Both governments must respect the rights of all individuals seeking asylum in Australia and not gamble their fates by transferring them to Malaysia, a country that has not ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention. The failure to look into human rights principles may lead to the failure to consider those on the losing end: the asylum seekers who will be transferred to Malaysia.

Verbal commitment, insubstantial pact

Ministers Hishamuddin Hussein and his Australian counterpart, Chris Bowen had both officially signed the agreement promising that the 800 asylum seekers will be treated in “dignity” and “respect”. This included their rights to work, access to education and health care, and freedom to move. At the same time, the details of the agreement do not ensure any concrete proposal to enforce the guarantees and promises made by the ministers. If the official arrangement does not guarantee concrete protection to the 800 asylum seekers, how can a verbal commitment claim to ensure concrete protection to the 800 asylum seekers? We believe that these 800 asylum seekers will melt into the 100,000 refugees who suffer and enjoy almost “zero” tolerance and fundamental rights protection.

Ratify first, arrange later

Until now, Malaysia has showed no intention of ratifying the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol. Yet Malaysia is interested getting involved with refugee-related arrangements such as the asylum swap.

Malaysia maintains a blanket policy that all undocumented migrants including refugees and asylum seekers are considered illegal migrants. As such, they can be arrested, deported, and even punished by judicial caning under the immigration act.

SUARAM urges the Malaysian government to first ratify the 1951 Refugee Convention and/or at least to develop an effective domestic act and administrative mechanisms before dealing with any arrangements regarding refugees and asylum seekers.

Why should Malaysia ratify?

SUARAM launched its campaign to urge the Malaysian government to ratify the 1951 Refugee Convention in May 2011. In conjunction with the 60th year anniversary of the convention on 28th July, we once again urge the government to ratify it in order to provide legal protection and promotion of the fundamental rights of the refugees in accordance with internationally recognized legal and humanitarian standards.

Ratification would also demonstrate the Malaysian government’s commitment for genuine “burden sharing” in handling global issues: developing effective administration and cooperation with UNHCR, reducing the capacity of immigration detention centres, as well as supporting the lack of human resources in various domestic sectors in Malaysia.

Released by,

Andika Wahab
Refugee Coordinator
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
[email protected]
0163723699

Malaysia: Unconditional release of the 6 PSM leaders, amid continuing concerns for freedom of assembly and expression

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Press Release
Malaysia: Unconditional release of the 6 PSM leaders, amid continuing concerns for freedom of assembly and expression
Paris-Geneva-Kuala Lumpur, August 2, 2011. Six Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) leaders, who had been detained under the Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance, were released on 29 July 2011, but they may face charges similar to those of the other members of the party who are facing legal threats for their peaceful activities. The recent wave of repression on peaceful activities, including the politically-motivated deportation of a French lawyer, all point to a continuing, serious deterioration in the Malaysian government’s respect for basic freedoms and the rule of law, said the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and their member organisation, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM).
 
The Government has also yet to account for allegations of police abuses during the crackdown of the July 9 rally organised by Bersih (Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections), added FIDH, OMCT and SUARAM today. The Malaysian Bar Council, which monitored the rally, concluded in its report that the “rally participants generally behaved in a peaceful and calm manner” whereas there were “indiscriminate and excessive use of tear gas and water cannons,” “unnecessary use of physical force/high-handedness by the police force,” and “random and arbitrary arrests”[1].
 
The six leaders of the PSM, namely Mr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, Miss Saraswathy Muthu, Mr. Choo Chon Kai, Mr. Sukumaran Munisamy, Mr. A. Letchumanan and Mr. Saratbabuabu, were first arrested on June 25, 2011, along with 25 other PSM activists, including three minors one of whom was released the same day, and charged with “waging war against the King” under Section 122 of the Penal Code for merely possessing or wearing Bersih T-shirts bearing images of former leaders of the Communist Party of Malaysia. On the same day of their release on bail on July 2, they were re-arrested and detained ever since under the Emergency Ordinance. The authorities justified their detention on the allegation that they were mainly responsible for organising the Bersih rally on July 9, 2011. On July 22, the Kuala Lumpur High Court approved a request from the Prosecutor for more time to file affidavit and postponed the habeas corpus hearing for the six PSM leaders until 5 August. However, on July 29 the six were eventually released. They are expected to be charged on 3 August 2011 at the Butterworth court in Penang.
An additional 24 PSM members had been released after posting bail on July 4. They have been charged under the Societies Act with acting on behalf of an unlawful organisation and under the Internal Security Act (ISA) with possessing documents deemed to be “subversive”. These charges seem to be aimed at merely sanctioning the members’ peaceful exercise of their freedom of association, assembly and expression.
Also, on July 22, French Lawyer William Bourdon was deported to France from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Mr. Bourdon represents SUARAM in an on-going case before French courts against French naval arms producer DCNS over financial irregularities in a Scorpene submarine deal that allegedly involved millions of ringgit in kickbacks[2].
This case, which allegedly involves corruption at top level, reveals the extent to which Malaysian authorities feel uneasy and attempt by all means to hide out the truth by restricting freedom of expression and assembly.
“In the last two months, the government has failed miserably in upholding its obligation to respect freedom of expression and assembly, by beating, arresting and persecuting people for their peaceful activities, and denying the people’s right to receive information on issues of public interests” FIDH President Souhayr Belhassen said today.
“The government needs to pull back from the brink of authoritarianism by ceasing these violations” Nalini Elumalai added.
“We are very much concerned about these recent events, and notably the allegations of police abuses. We urge the Malaysian authorities to put an end to these violations, and promptly investigate the aforementioned allegations”, said Mr. Eric Sottas, OMCT’s Secretary General.
Press Contact:
FIDH:     Arthur Manet/Karine Appy + 33 1 43 55 90 19 / + 33 1 43 55 14 12  
OMCT: Alexandra Kossin, Tel. +41 22 809 49 39
SUARAM: Nalini Elumalai, Program Manager, Tel: +6019 3758912
 
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Kenyataan Akhbar 27 Jun: Tindakan Polis Melampau

Kenyataan akhbar : 27 Jun 2011

Tindakan Polis Melampau Dengan Menyalahgunakan Kuasa!
Rakyat Berhak Untuk Bebas Bersuara!

SUARAM mengecam tindakan pihak polis yang sekian hari menyalahgunakan kuasa dengan menangkap orang yang memakai baju kuning kemeja T ‘Bersih’. Kami berpendapat bahawa polis telah menyalahgunakan kuasa sehingga melakukan tindakan yang bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menjaminkan kebebasan bersuara rakyat.

Sejak 24 Jun 2011, polis telah membuat beberapa penangkapan dan mengganggu ceramah Bersih di sekitar Selangor termasuk Shah Alam ,Gombak dan Kapar, Penang dan Johor serta menangkap aktivis yang menyokong perhimpunan Besih. Antara jumlah aktivis yang pernah dan masih ditangkap kira-kira berjumlah 70 orang.

Kami tidak menerima alasan polis bahawa perhimpunan Bersih akan mengganggu keamanan masyarakat. Tindakan polis sekian hari ini adalah tidak profesional dan langsung tidak beretika. Polis tidak berkuasa mengeluarkan permit perhimpunan kerana ia adalah hak asasi semua rakyat Malaysia.

Selain itu, polis langsung tidak berkuasa untuk menangkap sesiapa disebabkan memakai baju kuning ‘Bersih’.Ia merupakan satu tindakan penyalahgunaan kuasa untuk menakutkan orang awam. Kebebasan bersuara rakyat telah dijamin bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Kami menuntut polis berhenti menjadi ‘alat mainan’ kerajaan Barisan Nasional(BN). Kredibiliti dan maruah polis akan jatuh di kalangan masyarakat dan masyarakat akan menolak penguatkuasa yang tidak berorientasi rakyat .Secara jelasnya, kerajaan yang sanggup menggunakan institusi-institusinya untuk menindas rakyat supaya ia dapat kekalkan kuasanya, tidak akan kekal lama disebabkan rakyatnya yang cekal dan tidak mudah terpengaruh.

Kami menuntut polis membebaskan semua aktivis yang ditahan dengan segera dan semua polis yang terlibat perlu diambil tindakan atas sebab penyalahgunaan kuasa.

Kempen ‘Bersih’ yang menuntut pilihanraya yang adil dan bebas adalah kempen dianjurkan oleh rakyat dan ia meupakan suara dan tuntutan rakyat. Kami percaya rakyat akan meneruskan perjuangan untuk sistem demokrasi yang adil dan bebas. Universal Diklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia (UDHR) dan Perlembagaan Persekutuan telah menjaminkan himpunan Bersih perlu dijalankan secara aman.

Yap Heng Lung
Penyelaras SUARAM

Kes Tukar Gari lagi Oleh Polis: Anak Penternak Kambing ditahan Polis Selama 45 hari!

Kenyataan akhbar : 22 June 2011
Kes Tukar Gari lagi Oleh Polis: Anak Penternak Kambing ditahan Polis Selama 45 hari!

Hari ini SUARAM dan ADUN Teja,Perak YB Chang Lih Kang serta anggota PKR Perak telah membuat aduan serta menghantarkan satu memorandum kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia(SUHAKAM) terhadap kes tahanan polis secara road show atau tukar gari dan keganasan terhadap seorang OKT (Orang Kena Tahan)bernama Manivanan A/L Poonga yang berumur lebih kurang 20 tahun. Memorandum tersebut diterima oleh Persurujaya Encik Detta Samen.

Kronologi
1. Pada 7.05.2011, pada pukul 4.30 pagi Manivanan A/L Poonga dan seorang kawannya telah ditangkap oleh beberapa anggota polis di rumah sewa yang bertempat di Tanjung Malim. Anggota polis telah memasuki rumah dan membawa keluar Manivanan dan seorang kawannya tanpa diketahui apa sebab penangkapan tersebut. Mereka ditangkap dan dibawa ke Balai Polis Slim River.

2. Selepas 1 minggu penanhanan itu, pihak polis menelefon ibu Manivanan dan memberitahu ibunya bahawa anaknya telah dibawa ke Balai Polis Jelapang.

3. Pada 23.05.2011, Manivanan telah dibawa ke Mahkamah Ipoh. Ibu bapanya yang turut hadir ke mahkamah diberitahu bahawa anaknya ditahan kerana terlibat dalam kes bunuh dibawah Seksyen 302. Pada hari yang sama Ibu bapa Manivanan telah pergi ke IPD Ipoh untuk berjumpa dengan Inspektor Nirmala dari B Team. Apabila sampai di pejabat, ibu bapa Manivanan ternampak Ins. Nirmala memukul Manivanan melalui kaca tingkap bilik. Bapa Manivanan mengetuk pintu dengan kuat supaya Ins.Nirmala berhenti memukul anaknya tetapi Ins.Nirmala mengarah ibu bapa Manivanan turun ke bawah. Pada masa itu ibu Manivanan telah pengsan akibat terkejut dengan melihat keadaan anaknya yang dipukul oleh polis depan matanya.

4. Pada 25.05.2011 ibu dan bapa Manivanan pergi ke IPD Ipoh untuk berjumpa dengan Ins.Nirmala. Namun, menurut Ins. Nirmala, mereka tidak dibenarkan berjumpa dengan Manivanan kerana didakwa bawah Seksyen 302.

5. Selepas 1 minggu,iaitu 1Jun 2011, bapa Manivanan iaitu Encik Poonga mendapat panggilan telefon daripada polis bahawa anaknya telah dihantar ke Balai Polis Bercham.

6. 2 hari kemudian,iaitu 4 Jun 2011, polis telah menelefon ibu Manivanan dan memberitahu bahawa anaknya akan dihantar ke Melaka Tengah kerana dia dipercayai terlibat dalam kes samun di kawasan tersebut.

7. Pada 13.06.2011, bapanya pergi ke Balai Melaka Tengah untuk berjumpa dengan Manivanan. Manivanan memberitahu bahawa dia tidak bersalah namun akibat paksaan dan seksaan pihak polis, Manivanan telah mengaku sebanyak 7 tuduhan ke atasnya. Manivanan dimaklumkan akan dihadap ke mahkamah pada 19.06.2011.

8. Namun demikiian, pada 19 Jun 2011, seorang pengawai polis telah memaklumkan kepada bapanya bahawa Manivanan telah dihantar dan ditahan di balai Polis Karai,Sungai Siput sehingga hari ini.

SUARAM mengecam tindakan polis yang melakukan tukar gari terhadap saudara Manivanan. Isu tukar gari telah bukan kali pertama yang berlaku namun ia kerap berlaku sebelumnya.
Menurut seksyen 117 Kanun Acara Jenayah (Akta 593), tidak kira apapun kes jenayah yang terlibat, seseorang suspek tidak boleh ditahan lebih daripada 14 hari untuk hukuman kes jenayah yang lebih daripada 14 tahun penjara dan 7 hari untuk hukuman jenayah yang kurang daripada 14 hari.

Polis jelas menyalahgunakan kuasa dengan menahan saudara Manivanan selama 45 hari.Sekiranya Manivanan didakwa terlibat dalam kes jenayah maka dia seharusnya dibawa hadap ke mahkamah ,namun ia tidak berlaku.

Dalam Pekara 5,Universal Diklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia (UDHR) telah menyatakan bahawa ‘‘Tiada sesiapa pun yang boleh dikenakan seksaan atau layanan atau hukuman yang zalim ,tidak berperikemanusiaan atau menghinakan ’ ’.

YB Chang Lih Kang dalam aduan terhadap SUHAKAM menyatakan tuntutannya mendesak pihak polis untuk membebaskannya atau mendakwanya di mahkamah sekiranya dia bersalah. Beliau juga menggesa SUHAKAM menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan terhadap anggota polis yang terlibat dalam kes ini termasuk pengawai polis yang melakukan keganasan terhadapnya.

SUARAM menggesa SUHAKAM untuk mengadakan inkuiri terhadap kes-kes keganasan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa polis yang diterima olehnya termasuk kes ini. Kami perlu menghentikan situasi rakyat biasa yang sentiasa menjadi mangsa penganiayaian dan seksaan polis ,selalunya kes sebegini terdiri daripada keluarga yang miskin dan kurang berpendidikan.
Bapa kepada Manivanan terpaksa menjualkan kambing ternakannya untuk mendapatkan wang untuk melawat anaknya yang ditahan di Melaka pada masa itu.

Kami amat mengecewa sikap dan kelakuan polis yang buruk terutamanya dari segi penyalahgunaan kuasa yang tidak pernah berubah baik. SUARAM tidak akan berhenti perjuangan untuk mereformasi institusi polis sehingga wujudnya Suruhanjaya Bebas Salahlaku dan Aduan Polis (IPCMC) yang bebas dan adil serta menuntut kerajaan meratifikasikan ‘‘Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’’(CAT) bawah Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB).

‘‘Memperjuangkan Hak Asasi Manusia!’’

Yap Heng Lung
Penyelaras SUARAM