Ever since the formation of SUARAM, we have made it one of our priorities to check the abuse of powers by the police and other enforcement agencies in Malaysia. We have done this through careful monitoring and documentation, assisting victims and their families, enlisting legal assistance, publishing their cases in press conferences and urgent appeals.
The cases that are monitored and documented by the Right to Justice desk include police abuse and brutality, torture and death in custody, arbitrary detention and chained remand, fatal police shooting and enforced disappearance.
Cases of abuse of power by the police continued in 2020, following the pattern and prevailing issues documented through the years by SUARAM. Predictably, the sudden change in government in 2020 has not resulted in any notable reform of the Royal Malaysian Police, and many of the abuses committed by the latter remain unaddressed.