Teoh’s death not an isolated death

Custodial deaths: Amnesty alarmed
Jul 21, 09 10:06am

The Malaysian chapter of the world human rights organisation Amnesty International has expressed concerns over the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock while in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

Executive director Nora Murat said that Teoh’s death was not an isolated incident as many other deaths in custody have been reported recently.

“It raises a serious concern in terms of gap in human rights protection observed by the law enforcement authorities and accountability mechanism to address death in custody.

“Therefore, there is an urgent and critical need to address human rights obligation in terms of law enforcement work in Malaysia,” Nora said in a statement today.

She added that law enforcement agencies and initiatives must exercise a high degree of human rights responsibility, and prioritise and internalise procedures in ensuring a person’s personal security and rights at all times.

“They are duty bound to ensure that a suspect or witness is provided with protection of their personal security and rights including their right to legal access and medical attention during the entire period of custody and investigation.

“This fundamental right has somehow remained discretionary, ad hoc and secondary in the nature of law enforcement work in Malaysia,” she added.

She further said that the failure to prioritise and dutifully ensure human rights protection in law enforcement was the major contributing factor for deaths in custody in Malaysia.

Public confidence shattered

She also said that the continuing deaths in custody have undermined public confidence in the enforcement agencies.

“Amnesty International Malaysia also calls for a royal commission to investigate all other cases of death in custody including the recent death of Teoh Beng Hock and to address gaps in the current law enforcement system in view of providing critical reform and change in our system,” she said.

Teoh, 30, the political secretary to Selangor exco member Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead last Friday.

He had been picked up on Thursday about 5pm for questioning by the Selangor MACC in relation to a probe into the spending of constituency funds.

His body was found at about 1.30pm the next day on the fifth floor balcony at the building in which the MACC is housed in Shah Alam. He was buried yesterday.

Di bawah pemerintahan MB haram…

July 07, 2009 12:45 PM

Rising Crime Rate In Perak

By: Ramjit

IPOH, July 7 (Bernama) — Crimes involving robbery, car theft and snatching in Perak has leaped up in the first six months of this year comapared to the same period last year, said Perak chief police officer, Datuk Zulkefli Abdullah.

He said cases involving robbery increased by 197 cases from 541 cases in the first six months of last year to 739 cases this year which was a 36.35 hike.

“Police observation found that the jump was due to the economic slump along with unemployment,” he told reporters after the Chief Police Officer’s monthly gathering at the Perak Police Contingent Headquarters here today.

He said the criminals were also into drug abuse and their targets included 24-hour joints, roadside stalls and housing areas.

Car theft from January to June this year went up from 55 for all of last year to 138 cases in the first six month period this year that is a jump of 150.91 per cent.

He said the cases of motorcycle theft also rose from 2,287 in the first six month period last year to 2,398 in the same period this year (a 4.85 per cent rise) while car theft rose from 222 to 326 cases (46.85 per cent).

Zulkefli said snatching theft rose from 195 cases to 268 cases in the first half of the year, that is by 37.44 per cent.

He said the districts of Ipoh, Manjung, Taiping and Hilir Perak were where most of the crimes happened.

He was also upset with the attitude of the people in the state who did not provide information to the police about crimes in their area.

He said the meeting-the-clients programme at police stations held each Tuesday was not very well attended by the public.

“People only blame the police when there is a crime committed but when the police have a programme like meeting the clients there is poor response,” he said.

Zulkefli said the police also had a website polisperak.rmp.gov.my/polis perak/index.html to get feedback from the public on crimes.

–BERNAMA