Malaysia Chief of Police, Musa Hassan (L) | Selanggor Police Chief, Khalid Abu Bakar (R)
GUILTY: Breach of statutory duty, recklessness and gross and wanton negligence. 29 July, 2008
There has been a suspected figure of some 3 dozen deaths of Malaysians while in Police custody. There has been no attempts for the BN Government who has been in power for 49 or 51 years, to do its job in the name of common decency. There has not been any other Government since Merdeka and BN will have to accept this accolade of sorts.
The second autopsy, which veracity should also be questioned, on the death of Kugan has been completed. Who will BN have to take this responsibility? I'd like to see a public hanging of sorts on Padang Merdeka soon!
The police are now questioning some 21 people, including two deputy ministers, for allegedly barging into a hospital mortuary to view Kugan’s body last week. The family and the two politicians dispute the police and hospital version of events, saying they had a right to see the body.
His death is the latest over the years of suspects, mainly Indians, who had died suddenly in police custody.
Political parties across the divide have asked for an independent probe into his death and others in the past.
Malaysian Government Guilty - breach of statutory duty, recklessness, gross and wanton negligence - Tuesday, July 29, 2008
MORE INF0 - Past statistics
Deaths in Police Custody
According to statistics released in Parliament in October by the Home Ministry, 23 people died in the country’s police lock-ups between 2002 and July 2003. Out of this total, 16 died in 2002. During the same period, 425 prisoners died during their incarceration, 237 of them in 2002; this is an average of 19.75 deaths per month. The monthly average for the first seven months of 2003 rose to 26.86 deaths per month, with 188 fatalities reported in prisons nationwide. Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Hueng refused to specify the cause of the deaths. [Oct 2003]
Asian Human Rights Commission