The Malaysian government cannot afford to be indifferent towards custodial deaths occurring in the country. Any death is one death too many, asserts Prema Devaraj.
Justice in Malaysia – or the lack of it – is our focus in this issue.
Teoh Beng Hock – and others who have perished – are not forgotten. P Ramakrishnan calls for a royal commission of inquiry to replace the discredited inquest. He was speaking at a civil society forum in Penang to mark the young aide’s sudden death. S H Tan reports on the forum. Charles Hector looks at the big picture of custodial deaths and calls on the government to end this plague.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) have been introduced in court to improve efficiency. But the preoccupation with the speedy disposal of cases may come at the expense of justice, warns the Penang Bar Committee.
The death in police custody of Kugan Ananthan, a 22-year old who was arrested on suspicion of being part of a luxury car-theft racket has eroded the credibility of the police force among a significant section of the Malaysian people. Unless there emerges the political will to deal with the record of abuses in the police seriously and openly, this credibility is not about to be recovered soon, observes Farish Noor.