Wednesday, November 22, 2017

If a Dato’ Seri lockup detainee is given special treatment by the police?

Media statement by DAP ADUN for Kampung Tunku Lau Weng San on 8th November 2017 in Petaling Jaya:

In times when politicians under police detention will always be required to be dressed-up in a certain kind of police lockup uniforms when they are produced in court house for proceeding, it is highly questionable why certain detainees can be given different treatment.

Lately a detainee who carries a Dato’ Seri title was arrested and re-arrested in various locations by police officers for various offences and it is clear from various media report and the said individual was given different treatment if not special treatment, when he was allowed, though hand-cuffed, to appear in his own clothes other than lock-up uniforms.

It was not too long ago when this issue was brought up by certain quarters against MACC, which also adopts the same policy with PDRM on such issue, citing the reason that such detainees shall not be treated as if they are already guilty before they were proven guilty in court.

However, such measure was also defended by the then Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar several months ago, that it is a security measure in preventing detainees from being mistaken as commoners in court house. Both enforcement agencies also claim that such measure is well in accordance with Lock-up Rules and Prison Act.

Perhaps in this recent case of a Dato’ Seri being detained by so many police officers from various police districts on so many counts of criminal charges, the police shall explain if they are giving different, if not special treatment, in his case?

Lau Weng San
ADUN Kampung Tunku
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