Coroner Court’s Verdict in the Inquest of C. Sugumar

On 6 March 2015, Coroner Puan Rozita binti Bainon handed out an important judgement regarding the death of C. Sugumar, a death during police apprehension. C. Sugumar was chased down by a mob, was pinned down by police, had curry powder smeared on his face, two handcuffs were placed on him and he was stepped…

Coroner Court’s Verdict in the Inquest of Karuna Nithi

On 28 January 2015, the Coroner made a landmark finding into the cause of death of Karuna Nithi, who had died in police lockup on 1 June 2013. The learned coroner was satisfied that the cause of Karuna Nithi’s death was by a combination of unlawful acts and omissions by persons unknown. This finding was…

Thoughts on Anwar’s Verdict and the Grounds of Judgement

The Court of Appeal judges involved, Balia Yusof, Aziah Ali and Mohd Zawawi Salleh surely must be remembered as being responsible for one of the worst miscarriages of justice in recent memory. Their names will live in infamy together with other infamous judges like Augustine Paul and Arifin Jaka who similarly perverted the law in…

Memorandum Hentikan Keganasan Kerajaan

Apakah tiada keadilan atau kedaulatan undang-undang di Malaysia? Bolehkah Polis DiRaja Malaysia, Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) atau sebarang agensi penguatkuasaan kerajaan menyalahgunakan kuasa mereka dengan sesuka hati, pada bila-bila masa sahaja? Apakah mereka semudahnya boleh lepas daripada tindakan undang-undang, pengadilan, pendakwaan jenayah dan tindakan disiplin bagi kesemua penembakan, kematian dalam tahanan dan penyiksaan yang…

Memorandum to Stop State Violence

Is there no justice or rule of law in Malaysia? Can members of the Royal Malaysia Police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or any other government enforcement agency abuse their powers as and when they please? Should they escape the long arm of the law, justice, criminal prosecution and disciplinary action for all the unjustifiable and…

Memorandum to Suhakam on the Australia-Malaysia refugee “outsourcing” deal

Introduction On 7 May 2011, the Australian and Malaysian governments announced a bilateral agreement which sought to transfer up to 800 asylum seekers who have arrived in Australia by sea to Malaysia while their asylum claims are being processed by the UNHCR. The announcement declared among others that the “transferees will not receive any preferential treatment over asylum seekers…