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Bernama said Malaysian Detainees Treated Well while BBC said Malaysia pressed by UN over detentions without trial.

You see how Bernama is twisting news to appease BN government is nice to rakyat.

Malaysian Detainees Treated Well – UN Human Rights Group

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18 (Bernama) — Detainees in Malaysia are treated well, observes the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The council’s working group on arbitrary detention committee also commended that there was a decrease in the number of people held under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The committee spent over a week in the country, inspecting five detention centres, including that in Kamunting centre where ISA detainees are held.

It has recommended that Malaysia repeal or amend four preventive laws, including the ISA, to conform with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The other three are the Emergency Ordinance (Public Order and Prevention of Crime), the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act and Restricted Residence Act.

“These laws deny the detainee the right to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, consecrated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other principles of international customary law.

“The fact that the government is inviting us here, indicates its willingness for improvements.

“We will submit the report to the Human Rights Council in March next year, and follow up on the situation in two years’ time,” said El Hadji Malick Sow who led the five-member group which arrived here on June 7, at the invitation of the Malaysian Government.

He said, a preliminary report was presented to Deputy Home Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong Friday.

Sow said the group received full cooperation from the Malaysian Government and its relevant agencies, adding that detainees were in good condition.

The decreased number of 15 ISA detainees was also commendable, he said.

The group visited the Kajang, Puncak Borneo and Pengkalan Chepa prisons, and the Kamunting Detention and Simpang Renggam Detention centres.


Malaysia pressed by UN over detentions without trial

Page last updated at 15:19 GMT, Friday, 18 June 2010 16:19 UK

Former detainees said they were scared of the police Malaysia has been urged to repeal security laws that allow for detention without trial.

The recommendation was made by UN officials investigating alleged widespread abuse of detainees.

According to the UN group, almost all those it interviewed said they were tortured or mistreated in Malaysia’s detention centres.

Malaysia says it is amending the laws, but has not yet said how.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention spent a week visiting prisons and detention centres.

It reported that between 2003 and 2007, over 1,500 people died while being held by authorities.

Of the detainees it interviewed, almost all complained of beatings, being confined in small spaces without light and having dirty water thrown on them.
No appeal

That is in stark contrast to the country’s prisons, where there were no allegations of abuse, says the BBC’s Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Malick Sow, who led the UN working group, said people preferred being in prison rather than police stations and immigration detention centres, because they felt safer there.

He said much of the abuse happened in the initial period of detention when detainees are not allowed to contact their lawyer or family.

He said the problem was more acute under the country’s preventive laws including the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial for up to 60 days with the possibility of extensions for years.

The law has been used in the past against politicians and journalists.

Those held under the Act have no access to judicial appeal.

However, fewer people have been held under the law in recent years and the Malaysian government is expected to table amendments to address some of the issues next month.

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Murugan says:

To Bernama, Freedom of the Press means that it is free only to write what its paymaster wants it to write. What does it matter whether it is a fact, a spin or pure blatant lies so long as it serves its paymaster. Journalism code of ethics is predetermined by the owner and not by the profession. Bernama feeds its lies downstream to Utusan, The Star, NST, Media Prima…

Fadrul says:

BBC is now looking into claims that Astro had doctored one of its news reports on the Bersih 3.0 rally last Saturday.

The fact that the BBC is unaware that Astro delays foreign news broadcasts by 60s for censorship indicates that Astro intentionally withheld the fact that the Home Ministry requires Astro to perform censorship as part of its broadcast licence – hopefully the BBC sues Astro!!

I am a subscriber of ASTRO with news in the package. The purpose of subscribing to BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera is that I want to see and hear neutral and true presentation of the news. Now that BBC claimed that ASTRO had censored part of its reporting on BERSIH 3, I felt very cheated by it. I pay to see the real picture of events both local and abroad. I pay to hear the real truth, not half truth. As such, ASTRO owed us an apology and must be responsible to replay the news uncensored. Failing which, I will cancel my news component in the package