No “secret” executions in Malaysia? Then how come you and I do not know who is on the list of execution or not? The process is not transparent and is indeed “shrouded in secrecy”. We are a country that practices the death penalty and so far it is quite unknown to us what is happening in this area.
The police department should stop behaving like politicians and behave more like the civil “servants” that they are. Be more responsive, and not defensive.
Well, it all happenned like this:
First newspaper reports stated that (in reference to the International NGO’s 2007 report, released in London on April 15):
The amnesty report “expressed deep concern” that many more people were killed secretly in countries such as Mongolia, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Then the police refuted the allegations with Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Ismail Omar vehemently denying the allegations, saying Malaysia should not be included in such a category.
“Police carry out their investigations openly and all procedures carried out by the force is based on the laws of the country”.
Today, Amnesty International Malaysia says that Ismail’s observation had been “incorrect and therefore his comment is misleading”.
Amnesty says that the report titled “Death Sentences and Executions in 2007”, released on April 15 2008, merely asserts the fact that information on executions and death penalty in Malaysia, a country that retains and practices death penalty as a form of punishment for a various offences, is shrouded in secrecy.
The report in every sentence either directly or indirectly did not assert or put forward any fact of arbitrary executions or extra judicial killings by the police in Malaysia or any other facts that undermine police investigations and criminal procedures.
The following is the exact paragraph taken from the April 15 report titled “Death Sentences and Executions in 2007” (AI Index: ACT 50/001/2008) that can be referred to at our website at www.amnesty.org.
“…Amnesty International remains concerned that executions may have taken place in Mongolia and
Malaysia. However, due to the secretive nature of the use of the death penalty the organization was unable to obtain reliable information.”
Amnesty International Malaysia therefore calls on the government of Malaysia to make an official release on all statistics on executions and death sentences in Malaysia to date. We also urge the government to be more transparent and report on cases and statistics of death penalty and executions to the Parliament annually.United Nations in the past repeated call for the death penalty only to be used in an open and transparent manner.