Set up taskforce to probe enforced disappearances quickly


Aliran is alarmed at the finding by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Sukaham) that state agents, namely the Special Branch of the police, were responsible for the enforced disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat. It is simply unconscionable.

We note Suhakam’s long and arduous effort in drawing us closer to the truth and we fully support their call for an independent taskforce to probe the case.

If indeed the Special Branch was responsible, the government will have to find suitable taskforce members capable of investigating the police.

The priority should be to find out what exactly happened to those who disappeared and who exactly was directly and indirectly responsible.

Taskforce investigators will need to be mindful of the concept of “plausible deniability”. Were the culprits acting as a rogue group or were they taking orders from up a chain of command?

Plausible deniability is described in Wikipedia as “the ability of people (typically senior officials in a formal or informal chain of command) to deny knowledge of or responsibility for any damnable actions committed by others in an organizational hierarchy because of a lack of evidence that can confirm their participation, even if they were personally involved in or at least wilfully ignorant of the actions.

“In the case that illegal or otherwise disreputable and unpopular activities become public, high-ranking officials may deny any awareness of such acts to insulate themselves and shift blame onto the agents who carried out the acts, as they are confident that their doubters will be unable to prove otherwise.”

So apart from identifying the culprits, investigators will therefore have to examine how high up the ladder culpability goes.

The recommended taskforce must now be quickly set up so that all of us, especially the families concerned, can make sense of what actually happened to those who disappeared and who was ultimately responsible. In addtion, steps must be taken to ensure that enforced disappearances must never be allowed to take place again.

With this in view, we reiterate the call for the immediate setting up of an independent police complaints and misconduct commission, as recommended by a royal commission of inquiry in 2005.

Aliran executive committee

3 April 2019

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7 Apr 2019 6.28pm

Suhakam’s findings has really shocked the nation. Our police force credibility is already in tatters. Now Suhakam’s findings which blames the police for
forced disappearence totally discredits the force. My question is why must the police involve in religious matter? Let the religious authorities settle the matter. If the victims have committed any offence charge them in court. Now the public is waiting to see the next course of action by the government. I’m quite sure if under bn govt the matter will be covered up but let’s see what the ph govt is going to do about it.

Murali Subramaniam
4 Apr 2019 6.59am

So one of these days when someone make some noise about certain things or highlight something they going to disappear too??

7 Apr 2019 10.25am

Too much power after 60 years of rule until these damn Inhumans have the right to kidnapped and dispose ppl. Astonishingly (some of) the Malays are happy and have no remorse.

Tony Tan CL
3 Apr 2019 9.50pm

Will PH government have the courage and political will to do it?

3 Apr 2019 5.32pm

PH – Pakatan Harapan Government must show that they are different by leaving no stones unturn. The…

3 Apr 2019 5.48pm

Look at the sadness in the eyes 👀 of their daughter behind .
Inhuman !

Pau Kar Liau
3 Apr 2019 5.46pm

No wonder Muhyiddin don’t want to disband special branch. They will do anything their political master tells them do. … I seriously doubt these people are still in this world