First to Suhakam, then to PDRM.

I went to the Suhakam to lodge a report over last Sunday arrest at the 1thmile Grand Saga toll plaza together with others who were detained with me. Among other matters I raised with the Commissioner Datuk Dr Micheal Yeoh, I complained about excessive force used by non-uniformed police personnels.I then went to the police station at PJ New Town to lodge a report on the case of a flyer issued and distributed in Batu Talam in my name. I wanted the police to investigate immediately, and I also wanted the BN parties to clarify whether they were involved in the printing and distribution of the said leaflet (calling for boycott). Inspector Hafiz from the PDRM Raub is my IO. I would be seeing him on Saturday or Sunday in Raub.

At about the same time, Najib claims that PAS has also issued and distributed a similar leaflet, calling the voters of Batu Talam to boycott the by-election. PAS leaders have denied about publishing the said letter.

Yes, PAS has boycotted the by-election by not fielding a candidate. But that does not mean that the supporters of PAS could not vote with their conscience.

Malaysiakini has the story…

  ‘Excessive force’ – Suhakam mulls probe  

Andrew Ong
Jan 26, 07 2:32pm
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will decide on Feb 12 whether to probe the allegation that excessive force was used in the arrest of 22 individuals during a demonstration last Sunday.“Suhakam recognises that the police is allowed to use some force. The question is whether the force used was excessive,” said commissioner Dr Michael Yeoh.He told malaysiakini this after receiving a complaint memorandum from DAP Selangor regarding the incident at the commission headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.The protest was held against the hike in toll charges for five highways in the Klang Valley.

It was broken up by the police as protestors gathered in two separate locations near the 11th Mile toll booth of the Cheras-Kajang Expressway.

At least three individuals have claimed that they were injured as a result of police brutality.

Video evidence

Earlier, Yeoh was shown a video of the protest where Ho Chee Loong, 28, was allegedly roughed up by police personnel during the process of arrest and later punched in the groin by a plain-clothed policeman while being handcuffed in a police truck.

Yeoh also heard from banker Tan Han Kuok, 40, who was taking pictures during the incident, about how he was allegedly punched on the back of his head before being arrested.

Businessman Yap Kok Heng (right), 48 told Yeoh that he was arrested when he reprimanded a plain-clothes officer who had allegedly assaulted Tan.

“At the time I didn’t even know Tan […] all I did was tell the policeman that if he was to arrest someone, he should not hit him,” said Yap, who specified that he was a bystander and not taking part in the protest.

DAP NGO bureau chief Ronnie Liu said the police personnel who had allegedly used excessive force were not in uniform.

“They were not in uniform and not wearing any kind of identification and these are the people who beat us. This is a dangerous precedence because you won’t know who is assaulting you,” he said.

Establish IPCMC

Yeoh said he would relay the complaints at the commissioners’ meeting on Monday.

“It looks like there have been some cases of excessive force and that can be construed as a human rights violation,” he said when asked if he was convinced that human rights were violated during the incident.

He also reiterated Suhakam’s call to the government to form the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

In a related development, Yeoh said the Suhakam report on a public inquiry concerning alleged police brutality during a May 28, 2006 demonstration would be released at the earliest in February.

“Its taking us a lot of time to complete the report because we are referring to different legal systems (in other countries) pertaining to freedom of assembly,” he explained.

He said the report would contain clear guidelines pertaining to the handling of peaceful assemblies which he hoped would be adopted by the authorities and the police.

The demonstration, commonly referred to as the Bloody Sunday incident, was held to protest the hike in fuel prices.

反涨价示威者投诉遭暴力对待
人权委员会择日决定是否调查
实习记者马绍伦
07年1月26日 傍晚6:18
一群於上星期天举行的反对过路费涨价和平集会中遭警方逮捕的受害者,今日向人权委员会投诉遭到警方的暴力对待。这些受害者今日是在雪州民主行动党主席欧阳捍华的带领下,向人权委员会提呈备忘录,要求该委员会对有关警察滥权指责展开调查。

他们也呼吁首相尽快成立独立警方投诉与行为不检委员会(IPCMC),并希望警方处理接下来的抗议集会时,尊重人民进行和平集会的权利。

今日出席者包括公正党宣传主任蔡添强、行动党非政府组织局主任刘天球、反对大道收费起价联盟秘书哈达医生、蕉赖皇冠镇“开路”行动委员会主席陈文华、秘书陈汉国、皇冠镇居民叶国兴、皇冠镇居民何其隆等人。

下月12日开会决定是否调查

人权委员杨元庆在对话会后告诉《当今大马》,该委员会将於2月12日开会决定是否对上述指责展开调查。

“人权委员会认同警方可以使用一些武力,但问题是,警方是否使用过度的武力?”

由“反大道收费起价联盟”於1月21日所举办的第3场示威,遭到警方以“先发制人”的手段逮捕21人名示威者,其中4人在扣留行动中致伤送院。警方是在两个地点进行逮捕,既蕉赖加影大道11英里收费站和加影大道9英里被路墩封锁的皇冠镇入口处。

今早在对话会开始时,蕉赖皇冠镇“开路”行动委员会也播放当天他们被逮捕的短片,并将有关证据及备忘录交给杨元庆。

投诉遭便衣警员拳打脚踢

其中一名受害者--何其隆(28岁)宣称,他在示威中遭到警员逮捕后,却遭到一名便衣警察殴打,并被戴上手拷带上警车。

何其隆也谴责加影警区主任罗斯里要求示威者在规定时间内解散,但是过后却出尔反尔。

“当时他原本要求我们在五分钟内解散,不过却在两分钟内就最开始捉人,我不明白其动机为何?”

另一名受害者陈汉国(40岁)也向杨元庆讲解如何遭到警员殴打后脑及逮捕的过程。

自称只是旁观者的叶国兴(48岁,右图)指出,由于他目睹一名便衣警员被指殴打陈汉国,在他出声喝止有关警员的行动后也一同遭到逮捕。

“那个时候我完全不认识陈汉国,我只是告诉该名警员,如果他要逮捕就不应该殴打他人。”

他补充说,“一名警员动手打我,我问他什么名字,但他不但不理会,还骂我没教养”。

哈达表示,“我不明白为何被捉,我们并没有阻碍交通,我们只是号召人民进行和平集会”。

他说,他曾要求一些时间给予他们解散,但警方似乎早有阴谋般,硬着将他拉上警车并带返加影警局。

欧阳捍华表示,当他被逮捕后,在拘留室有一名警官很不友善的责问我们为何选择在哈芝节进行示威行动?

“我们向他解释,我们只是通过和平集会的方式来表达看法,但他却不理会。”

他接着说,“警官当时还反问我,若有人在农历新年举行示威,你会喜欢吗?”

对于警官给予一个风马牛不相及的回应,欧阳捍华表示感到无奈。

“血腥星期天”报告下月初出炉

另一方面,针对人权委员会对于2006年5月28日“血腥星期天”听证会的报告,杨元庆表示,有关报告将在2月初出炉。

“我们花了很多时间完成这份报告,因为我们必须研究其他不同的司法制度关于集会自由的问题。”

他指出,这份报告将含盖如何应对和平集会的详细指南,并希望受到有关当局和警方的依循。

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