Oh no! Another death in custody! In Batu Gajah.


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

KUALA LUMPUR (July 18): The death of a detainee at a rehabilitation centre in Batu Gajah last Tuesday was due to an illness he was suffering and not from abuse, Prisons Department deputy director (policy division) Supri Hashim said today.
He said the finding was made following the outcome of a post mortem conducted on the victim.
The victim’s family has been informed of the matter, he added.
As such, he refuted reports by news portals yesterday that a 26-year-old detainee found dead with bruises on his body, died because of abuse, four days after being admitted to the centre.
Supri said the injuries found on the victim’s body was not due to abuse.
The victim, who was placed in a single room at the centre, had complained of not feeling well last Sunday and was given treatment by the Prisons Department’s panel doctor, he said in a statement here today.
He said the following day, the victim complained of feeling ill again and was sent to the Batu Gajah Hospital and then allowed to return to the centre.
However, last Tuesday, he fell unconscious and was confirmed dead by medical personnel from the Batu Gajah Hospital who arrived at the centre to treat him, he added.
Following which, he said a police report was lodged and the victim’s family informed.
He said the victim’s body was handed over to family members for burial after the post mortem yesterday.
Supri said that since arriving at the centre, the victim had never complained to the management of ill-treatment by any prison officers or other detainees.

18 Jul

Chew’s Death Marks The Fourth Police Custody Death In Two Months


Pua: Deaths piling up as gov’t drags feet on IPCMC
12:08PM Jul 18, 2013

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.

NONEThe 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.

Pua: Deaths piling up as gov’t drags feet on IPCMC

It is estimated that eight detainees have died in police custody since January this year.

Malaysia Chronicle

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.

– theSundaily

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.


26-year-old man dies in custody in Batu Gajah

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.

26-year-old man dies in custody in Batu Gajah


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