Sunday, February 19, 2017

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 18thFebruary, 2017

Police custodial deaths – Cabinet should immediately set up the much delayed IPCMC

On January15, a detainee named Soh Kai Chiok died at the lock-up of the Bera district police headquarters 
Bera district police chief DSP Mansor Samsudin said that the victim was taken to the Triang Health Clinic and was referred to the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital (HOSHAS) in Temerloh. He also said that all lock-up procedures were adhered to in giving the victim his medication, food and drinks as well as seeing that he slept on time.

However, the questions which have arisen are why then Soh had become unconscious and died in the lock up? If he had fallen seriously ill, surely he should have been admitted at a hospital.

Last month High Court judge Justice S. Nantha Balan, in his 86 page judgment, said that lorry driver P Chandran died in custody in 2012 simply because the police did not observe the Lock Up rules 1953.
The judge said under the rules, it was clear that the police must attend to the sick and in particular, when a detainee suffered from any form of mental illness.

The judge pointed out that police were aware Chandran was ill and needed to take medication.
It is so shocking that a life was lost because of the failure of the most irresponsible investigating officer to follow the rules.
Balamurugan, 44, was arrested on Feb 6 this year and brought to court for a remand order the following day. The magistrate rejected the remand order but the police did not release Balamurugan. Police personnel found him dead in the early hours of Feb 8 at North Klang Police headquarters
The Malaysian Human Rights Commission has said there are concerns that the police had breached the standard operating procedure by, among other things, keeping Balamurugan in the lock-up instead of providing him medical treatment when he was visibly ill.

According to my colleague, MP for Klang Charles Santiago, since 2000, 242 people walked into police lock-ups alive but left in body bags. This is according to Malaysia's National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam).S Balamurugan is number 243.

This is most shocking and totally unacceptable. Yet today it is most disappointing that the Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and the Cabinet have maintained their “elegant silence” when they should have expressed their utmost immediate outrage and concern.
A responsible Cabinet cannot and must not treat the police custodial deaths as trivial matters. Every human life is important and is not a mere statistic when a life is lost.
The Cabinet should come up with urgent response to end criminal custodial deaths.
We will continue to raise for the urgent setting up of IPCMC when Parliament reconvenes on 6th march 2017
It must exercise the political will to set up the much delayed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Press Statement by M Kula Segaran, DAP National Vice Chairman and MP for Ipoh Barat in Ipoh on 25thJanuary, 2017
Call on the government to seriously consider an amnesty programme to resolve the long standing issue of stateless Indians born before Independence
Indians being stateless is a long standing issue that has not been addressed and resolved by the BN government and thus the pains suffered by these people have continued.
Many felt relieved when on August 7 last year, the Prime Minister Najib Razak gave his assurance that he would work towards resolving the issue of citizenship faced by stateless Indians  who were born before the country’s Independence.
“We will solve this in appreciation of the sacrifice of the Indian community who have contributed to the development of the country,” he said when launching MIC’s 70th anniversary celebrations
However, a few days ago,  the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Zahid Hamidi said that there will not be flexibility for the stateless Indians to obtain citizenship.
Zahid’s remarks are most disappointing and demoralizing for those who have been waiting to become citizens. I have responded by saying that Zahid should treat the applications on a case to case basis.
There are cases which involve technical issues and they certainly require flexibility. The fastest way to resolve the long standing plight for those stateless Indians born before Independence will be via an amnesty programme. I call on the government to seriously consider such a programme.
I am most shocked that Pusat Aduan Rakyat Malaysia (PAR) Malaysia President Datuk A. Chandrakumanan has claimed that I have taken Zahid’s speech out of context to provoke and instigate the Indians against the government.
Could he explain firstly how have I taken Zahid’s remarks out of context and secondly since when has he become spokesperson for the Deputy Prime Minister?
I must strongly condemn Chandrakumanan’s accusation that I had raised the issue to provoke the Indians.
As a Member of Parliament who has been bringing up this issue inside and outside the Parliament, I must speak up when Zahid has taken an approach that will not be able to effectively, massively and quickly resolve the long standing issue.
It is Chandrakumanan’s right and choice to want to suck up to the Home Minister, but he must not in doing so, make baseless and unfair allegations and attacks against me or the Opposition
On his accusation that DAP has done nothing on the issue, let me inform Chandrakumanan that the DAP led Penang state government has got a special unit to assist stateless Indians and those who are red IC holders. This was set up to tackle the issue although it is a Federal Government obligation.
I will advise him not to simply open his mouth in future.