Rights group urges Home Minister to reform the police

RIGHTS group Citizen Against Enforced Disappearances (Caged) has called on Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to ensure that the deaths of two officers in the recent Ulu Tiram police station attack are not in vain.

Caged expressed concern over the apparent lack of public sympathy for the victims, attributing this apathy to the government’s failure to reform the police system.

“We express our condolences to their families. We vow to continue our quest to press for police reforms so that those in police uniforms will be respected as they should be,” said the group.

“We call on the Home Minister to do what every home minister since 2004 has failed to do. We call on him to devise and publish plans to restore public confidence in the police force.”

Moreover, they highlighted the prominent cases of enforced disappearances, such as pastor Raymond Koh and social activist Amri Che Mat, and a 2011 police shooting incident in Ipoh ruled as homicide by the High Court.

Caged criticised the police and the public prosecutor for failing to properly investigate and prosecute these cases, emphasising the need for accountability and justice. – May 19, 2024

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