Sunday, February 1, 2009


The Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) has urged the Indian community not to react emotionally and to stop forwarding SMS texts which incite racial hatred over the Kugan's case.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this was important to avoid destroying unity and harmony which had been fostered in Malaysia's multiracial society.
"Let us look at constructive ways to work together to identify the recurrent common factors which will moot changes in police custody practices.

"It is not about apportioning blame, but about highlighting general lessons that will help prevent the likelihood of such deaths occurring in future," he said in a statement here today.

Tiong said there were various areas of concern that needed to be revamped to bring an end to custodial deaths.

He said the selection process of police personnel must be reviewed to reflect quality in qualification and capability to serve the nation.

"The instructor and tutor at the police academy must be screened thoroughly before admission and all its undergraduates should not be allowed to graduate automatically, but only the qualified ones must be allowed to graduate."

Tiong said police personnel must also be exposed to new methods of interrogation without force, with the help of foreign experts.

"We urge the police to carry out a thorough and impartial investigation on this death and let us sit together to find a permanent solution to end custodial deaths in Malaysia," he said.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 30 (Bernama)

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