26-year-old man dies in custody in Batu Gajah
Latest death in custody was due to illness, says Prisons Department
6:09pm, Jul 18, 2013
Chew’s Death Marks The Fourth Police Custody Death In Two Months
After 11 police custodial deaths reported in less than seven months, a DAP MP questioned why there is still a debate on the need to form an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
“The question that needs to be asked now is whether the Najib administration is so completely heartless as to see Malaysians die in custody, that no urgent and drastic actions need to be taken to remedy the situation,” said Tony Pua in a press statement.
The Petaling Jaya Utara MP was responding to the latest case involving Chew Siang Gap, 26, whose father found bruises when he identified the body at the Batu Gajah hospital.
According to reports, Chew was detained for 60 days at the Kangar district police headquarters and was sent to the Batu Gajah rehabilitation centre on July 12.
Police custodial deaths have been mounting with Parliament being told last month that from 2000 to mid-2013 there had already been 231 cases.
It is estimated that eight detainees have died in police custody since January this year.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:13
HOW MANY MORE? Another death in custody at Batu Gajah
There has been yet another death in custody involving a 26-year-old detainee in the Batu Gajah Rehabilitation Centre on Tuesday.
V Sivakumar (DAP-Batu Gajah) said the victim, Chew Siang Giap, who was detained for 60 days at the Kangar district police headquarters, was sent to the rehabilitation centre on July 12.
He said the victim’s father, Chew Ba, 60, received a call from the rehabilitation centre at 2.19am on Tuesday, informing him that his son was dead.
“When identifying the body at the Batu Gajah Hospital, the father found bruises on the victim’s body.
“Upon confirming that the victim was his son, the father said there were black patches that looked like bruises on the victim’s ear, shoulder and thigh,” Sivakumar told a press conference, reading out the police report made by Chew in Parliament today.
Chew had stated in the police report that he arrived at the hospital at about 8.30am on Tuesday and later lodged a report at the Batu Gajah Police Station at 4pm.
According to the police report, Chew had stated that Siang Giap was “healthy” when he visited him on July 12, before he was sent to the Batu Gajah rehabilitation centre.
Malaysiakini Update: Chew, in the police report, said his son was in good health when transferred to the Batu Gajah prison on July 12.
Sivakumar said Siang Giap had been held in the lock-up at the Kangar police contingent headquarters for 60 days prior to the transfer.
He said the post mortem examination was still underway as at 11.40am today and that prison officials have not informed Chew how his son had died.
“We are asking that (the authorities do) not hide anything,” he added.
A 26-year-old man has died in custody in Batu Gajah, Perak, adding to a steady stream of custodial deaths in 2013.
According to the deceased’s father, Chew Ba, he received a call from Pusat Pemulihan Akhlak Penjara Batu Gajah informing him of his son Chew Siang Giap’s death at 2.19 this morning.
In his police report, the elder Chew said he had arrived at the Batu Gajah Hospital at 8.30am today to identify his son and found “marks” on his body.
“When I identified him, I found black marks which look like bruises on his ear, shoulder and thigh,” he said in the police report distributed to media at the Parliament lobby by DAP’s Batu Gajah MP V Sivakumar.