SUARAM – Press Statement: 1 July 2013 Accept High Court decision and start reforming PDRM

I read this article and thought the same too.

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“If an accused can appeal, why can’t the government appeal as well?” This was the statement from Home Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi on the decision of the government to appeal against the landmark judgement from the High Court last week. The statement shows that the home minister is talking about rights and freedom to appeal now.

SUARAM would like to remind the minister that there are other rights that he should realize as well. How about the right of a person to life as enshrined in the Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 5 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia which clearly says “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law”? Do the minister and the police force under his care now has any idea to these rights?

Jugde VT Singham delivered a landmark decision on the 26 Jun 2013 for Kugan’s civil suit. Justice Singham said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, then Selangor Police Chief was liable for the death of Kugan four years ago and the court awarded a total sum of RM851 700 for the mother, N.Indra for assault and battery, false imprisonment, pain and suffering damages. After his widely spoken decision, he now retires.

Appealing in a public interest case like Kugan’s death in police custody which clearly shows that the force has acted brutally and misused its power shows that the government fails to read the sentiment of the people. Pictures and videos of Kugan at the mortuary are all around the internet. His body went straight from the USJ 8 Taipan police lockup cell to the Serdang Hospital mortuary on the 20 Jan 2009. There was blood and foam from his mouth.

Why don’t the government take the responsibility and move on with further reforms needed on the Royal Police of Malaysia? The ruling government further deteriorates its credibility and image in the eyes of the public by saying that it will appeal the decision.

The Government and the police should accept the verdict, and take full responsibility for killing a life under your care.

Released by,
Thevarajan R
SUARAM Coordinator

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