KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Jan 2009: The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) today urged the Home Ministry to review its procedure in using the Emergency Ordinance on crime suspects.
“Each crime suspect has the right to get justice. He is only guilty when the court finds him guilty after a trial,” said commissioner Datuk N Siva Subramaniam.
“Suhakam hopes the Home Ministry can look back at the procedure of using the Emergency Ordinance. There were cases where action had been taken on innocent individuals under the Emergency Ordinance,” he told reporters here today.
Earlier, he received a memorandum from the families of two brothers — K. Ramayah, 46, and K. Murugayah, 45, — who were detained under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 and later ordered to serve a banishment order last year.
“Suhakam will investigate whether this case involves an infringement of human rights and we will refer the matter to the police for a follow-up action,” Siva said.
Ramayah’s wife, M Letchumy, said her husband was a good worker who had served Kuala Lumpur City Hall for 27 years while Murugayah worked with Alam Flora over the past 10 years. — Bernama