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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Calling on the authorities to uphold the aspirations of all Malaysians — Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

AUG 9 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia is deeply concerned about the recent series of events in the country against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney General’s Chambers, Bank Negara Malaysia as well as media organisations, among others.
These have included raids, confiscation of investigative materials, the detention, interrogation, dismissal, and/or the transfer of persons who are directly involved in the on-going investigations surrounding the 1Malaysia Development Berhad controversy.
The Commission is concerned that such actions by the authorities are increasingly being viewed both domestically and abroad as a vexatious attempt to intimidate and deliberately interfere in the administration of justice in Malaysia.
Furthermore, the steps taken by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) appear to be perverting the course of justice so as to hamper, hinder, and obstruct the pending investigations.
 The Commission therefore urges the PDRM as a public institution to respect the constitutional rights of all Malaysians and to defend the rule of law in an honourable manner while discharging its public functions.
This includes allowing the MACC and other authorities to independently investigate, ascertain and determine the outcome of their investigations without obstruction or undue influence.
The Commission emphasizes that in the interest of an effective delivery of policing services, the PDRM must be free from any form of political interference and adheres to the rule of law in the same way that it applies to every other citizen.
In addition, all police action must respect the principles of legality, necessity, non-discrimination and proportionality, as well as humanity.
The Commission expresses the hope that all public institutions in the country will conduct their affairs in such a manner so as to guarantee the realization of human rights and to be free of abuse and corruption, and with due regard for the rule of law.
Dr Khaw Lake Tee
Acting chairman
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (August 9, 2015)
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