Proham is dismayed by the many arrest under the Sedition Act in recent times including that of elected Members of Parliament and State Assembly representatives with the most recent overnight arrest of YB Nurul Izzah. There is today in Malaysian society a significant erosion of human rights and non-compliance by enforcement authorities especially in the curtailment of freedom of expression which is a basic human right.
In this context Proham, calls on the Federal government especially the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Police to revisit the Royal Police Commission Report which was released in 2005 on the matter of establishing reasonable grounds before arrest. (Ref 4.2). The Royal commission recommended “that IOs must not practice the policy of ‘arrest first, investigate later’
The current practice of detaining over night for questioning of recent arrest in Sedition linked investigations of willing persons, who are not a flight risk nor ones who might tamper with evidence or intimidate other witnesses is incontinent with a human rights and professional approach in modern day Policing
Proham calls on the Federal Government to arrest this decline in human rights standards in Policing and restore human rights compliance in accordance’s to international standards.
Issued by Datuk Kuthubul Zaman (Proham Chairman) and Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Proham Secretary General) Both Datuk Kuthubul and Datuk Denison were members of the Police Commission which prepared the Royal Commission Report between 2004-2005)
March 17, 2015