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    Malaysia’s creeping fascism — Azril Mohd Amin

    Malaysia’s creeping fascism — Azril Mohd Amin

    JAN 30 — A. Kugan is not the point. His race is not the point. His criminality is not the point. What is the point is the bedrock fundamental of the democratic process — the total and inviolable SEPARATION of enforcement, judgment and punishment.

    When the police become judge and executioner, you have de facto fascism. It does not matter whom you elect into leadership. If that leadership cannot absolutely guarantee that those whom you turn to for protection will not attack and harm or kill you instead, the said leadership must either resign or be voted out of office. No other issues even matter if alleged criminals start dying in prison.

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    John Lee mk: When law enforcers become law breakers

    Good article.

    Friday January 30 2009

    John Lee is a second-year student of economics at Dartmouth College in the United States. He has been thinking aloud since 2005 at infernalramblings.com.

    When law enforcers become law breakers

    JAN 30 — The death of A. Kugan has grabbed headlines and shocked the nation. The continuing controversy around his death under suspicious circumstances in police custody is just another sad symptom of the dysfunctions that plague our country: those who enforce the law have become the law breakers. The British bequeathed us an effective civil service, a proud judiciary, and a capable police force. Thanks to decades of disrespect and apathy, none of these institutions can now hold their heads high.

    For years we have all known that our once efficient civil service was slowly breaking down. Money or connections slowly but surely became a necessity to get past any government red tape. Long lunch breaks and poorly staffed offices became the norm. When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over in 2003, there was actually a sigh of relief just because he was willing to acknowledge the immense problems that plague our once erstwhile civil service.

    The judges, who supposedly arbitrate the law without fear or favour, have only seen their reputation tarnished more and more over the years. Even before the constitutional crisis of 1988, our best judges were reluctant to uphold the basic rights our Federal Constitution guarantees us; as our Foreign Minister Datuk Rais Yatim documents in his PhD thesis “Freedom Under Executive Power in Malaysia” in 1988 just affirmed what had been the true state of things all along: what the executive wants, the executive will get, the rights of Malaysians and the rule of law be damned.

    As for the police, it has likewise been a similar tale of sliding into ignominy. It is hard for someone from my generation to believe, but there was a time when you could trust the men and women who swore to enforce the law of our land. Throughout the communist emergency, and for years afterwards, our brave Royal Malaysian Police force served and protected us from calamity after calamity. But as the civil service grew lax about its work, and as the courts began to be corrupted, there was nothing to be done. The police have now fallen to the level where the only thing we expect when stopped by an officer is to be asked for a bribe, and where we are wont to suspect wrongdoing whenever the police are involved.

    Kugan’s case is the straw that broke the camel’s back. Just as the Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigations revealed massive corruption throughout the public sector, and just as the Royal Commission of Inquiry confirmed that the top arbitrators of our laws were blatantly swindling the people and perpetuating injustice, we are now seeing a backlash against the police force’s betrayal of our trust. The Malaysian people have had it with the tarnishing and tainting of the institutions we were once so proud of.

    Home Minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar’s characterisation of this as the public’s irrational belief that the police are always demons and criminals are always heroes only demonstrates how out of touch our government is with the laws and institutions it supposedly administers. It is precisely because we want our police to be our heroes that we are making such a ruckus. Are we to now say that Malaysians hate elections, because two years ago they took to the streets to protest the clearly biased way in which we conduct our democracy?

    If the people of Malaysia can no longer trust the men and women who have sworn to uphold and enforce the laws of our land, the problem is not with the people. The problem lies with the people’s government — the government that has chosen again and again to ignore the corruption of our most basic and cherished institutions. Just as it opted so many times in the past to hush up rumours of corruption in the civil service and judiciary, the government is once again trying to silence a simple fact: Malaysians no longer trust the institution of the police.

    A country cannot long function without institutions it can place its trust in. As soon as we become dependent on the personal goodwill of those in power, instead of being able to trust in the impartiality and objectiveness of our institutions, we find ourselves living under tyranny instead of democracy. The Malaysian people have spoken loudly and clearly, again and again: we want our democracy. We want our cherished institutions back. We want to be proud of our civil service, of our courts, of our policemen and women once more.

    As long as the government continues to ignore the dissolution of our institutions, it can continue to count on the Malaysian people giving it a sound whipping at the ballot box and on the streets. This is our country; these are our institutions. If you refuse to uphold the laws and the Constitution you have sworn to uphold, if you insist on betraying the trust which we have placed in you, you will get what is coming to you.

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/i...e-law-breakers

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    written by Mr Smith, January 30, 2009
    John,
    This is a masterpiece. Language refined, yet pointed and forceful. This is your best writing thus far. I hope our young men and women in our universities will read this to understand the deep abyss our institutions have sunk into and do the necessary to restore its former glory.
    We have to blame our parents , our 'seniors', the non-Malay BN coalition partners who encourage and allowed this to happen even though they were fully aware of the devaluation and degeneration of all that we held dear.

    UMNO wanted ownership of the civil service, judiciary and the police. Finally it owned them but at what cost - the country, the people and our children lost plenty.

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    Chua Soi Lek: A. Kugan - a hero or a criminal?

    First (partially) sensible statement from a BN leader. I don't see why the BN leaders keep on trying to paint this as a racial conflict. Pakatan Rakyat and civil society have consistently insisted that this was a Malaysian issue, not a racial issue. Kugan is a Malaysian!

    Whether Kugan is a suspected criminal or not, is besides the point. The wounds on his body are clear indication of torture while in the custody of the police. Unless, of course, if Mahathir comes out and declares that it was self-inflicted by Kugan throwing himself on the blunt objects held by the police . In that case, the government will accept it as the gospel truth.


    Monday, February 2, 2009
    A.Kugan – A Hero or Criminal?

    The death of A.Kugan, a suspected car thief has created a controversy that has the potential of becoming a racial conflict.

    The circumstance of A.Kugan’s death led to speculation that he was victim of police brutality. A.Kugan was a suspect and until proven in court, he is innocent.

    While it may be difficult to illicit information from the suspect, the right of the suspect should be respected. The police have not done a good job in explaining his death and this must have led the victim’s family to demand a second post mortem.

    A healthy young man should not die while in police custody. What causes his lung to have fluid (probably a pleural diffusion) should have triggered senior police officer to probe further since a healthy person would not have fluid in the lung without an underlying cause – infection, trauma and etc.

    Failing to identify this must have triggered the family outburst.

    The 2 Deputy Ministers have no choice but to be at the mortuary on the requests of A.Kugan family members. They are doing their work as MP and if they have not shown up, they will be bombarded by the family members and public. To their credit, their intervention led to the Deputy Prime Minister to request for a 2nd post mortem.

    When it comes to 2nd post mortem, the police have been very defensive rather than helpful to manage what is obviously a PR disaster by the police.

    This only serves to provoke anger among family members and public. The police have a job to do; they should be doing it well and beyond suspicion of a possible cover up about the actual cause of death of A.Kugan.

    The harsh statement by the Minister of Internal Security only serves to ignite more anger.

    Of course we all agreed that issue like this should not be politicized or assume a racial overtone.

    The poor handling of this case certainly serve to strengthen the Hindraf claim of marginalization of a particular ethnic group in our country.

    Common sense and professionalism should prevail. The police need badly a PR course in handling the press and aggrieved family members.

    Arrogance and the know-all attitudes among some police offices will only further alienate public co-operation with the police.

    Let’s hope that the 2nd post mortem will shed more light into A.Kugan’s death. Whoever is responsible for his death should be dealt with promptly. Only then it will serve to restore some confidence and respect among the people towards our police force.

    Meanwhile, the police and the doctors involved in the post mortem should be allowed to do their work.

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    16th day prayers for A. Kugan on 3 Feb 09, 7pm to morning 4 Feb 09

    16th day prayers for A. Kugan

    February 3, 2009

    The family of the late A.Kugan wish to thank the team of lawyers, activists, MPs, officials from the government and NGOs, Civil Society and the PEOPLE from all walks of life for their kind assistance and attendance during their recent bereavement.

    They are touched by the overwhelming support and kind words from friends and strangers alike who defied all odds to turn up for Kugan’s funeral.

    The family takes this opportunity to invite all to join them in the 16th. day prayer on the 3rd of February, 2009 begining 7.30pm that continues till the next morning on 4th. February, 2009 and thence to a lunch at their home located at No.11, Jalan BK 2/2A, Bandar Kinrara Puchong.

    Thank you all for your kind attendance.

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    Berita Malaysia: News compilation on Kugan case

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    HINDRAF: It's one month. Why no arrest?

    More than a month still no charge or arrest of Police suspected murderers of A. Kugan

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    Tuesday, 24 February 2009 09:04

    By P. Waytha Moorthy (Hindraf - Chairman)

    HINDRAF condemns the lacklustre attitude taken by UMNO led government and the AG's office in prosecuting the police suspected murderers of A. Kugan. A. Kugan was murdered on January 20, 2008 in police custody and to date more than a month, no charge or arrest has been made on a single policeman.

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    Second post-mortem suggests Kugan was tortured and severely beaten

    Are we surprised, after seeing UMNO in action in Perak and UMNO Youth in Parliament threatening Karpal Singh?

    Second post-mortem suggests Kugan was tortured and severely beaten

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    By Neville Spykerman

    PETALING JAYA, March 3 — The results of a second autopsy released by the family of A Kugan shows the suspected car thief was beaten and eventually died from acute kidney failure.

    This appears to confirm widespread suspicion that the suspected criminal was beaten to death in police custody.

    The second post mortem was carried out by forensic pathologist Dr Prashant N Samberkar.

    It indicated Kugan died of acute renal failure as a result of a condition known as rhabdomyolysis, which is the rapid break-down of skeletal muscle tissue which will lead to kidney failure.

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    Kugan 2nd Autopsy - 12 page report

    This is a symptom of something seriously wrong with our system. Police have mutated into brutal psychopaths. This always happens once those in power are led to believe that whatever they do they will not be held accountable to anyone. It happened in the US. It happened in every regime that believes the ends justifies the means.

    Those who are responsible for creating this system shall pay.


    Kugan’s death: what the Pathologist discovered

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    Hospital: Mob tampered with Kugan's body

    This is so funny. Somebody's going to lose their job, get their license suspended and maybe go to jail as well. One would have thought that the prudent thing is to keep quiet.

    Hospital: Mob tampered with Kugan's body

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    Thursday, 05 March 2009 10:28

    (NST) - Serdang Hospital yesterday fought back against accusations of a misleading post-mortem on police detainee A. Kugan.

    Its director, Dr Mohd Norzi Ghazali, said a mob of about 50 people had barged in and tampered with the body before any post-mortem was carried out by the hospital's forensics pathologist.

    Dr Norzi said his medical officers sought cover for two hours in a connecting room of the mortuary as they feared being hurt by the mob.

    The post-mortem, he said, was supposed to take place at 8am the next day as police personnel had to be present during the procedure.

    A report on the incident at the morgue by the hospital authorities stated that Kugan's fully-clothed body was in a body bag, which had been torn open by the mob.

    The medical officers also reported they were shocked to see a pool of Kugan's blood on the floor of the mortuary.

    This, the report said, indicated that wounds on the body could have been inflicted after his death.

    The report also stated that the 22-year-old had died of pulmonary oedema or fluid in the lungs. It also stated that there were no fractures on his body or damage to his vital organs.

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    Murugiah refutes claim Kugan's body was tampered

    Murugiah refutes claim Kugan's body was tampered

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    Friday, 06 March 2009 08:59

    (New Straits Times) - Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator T. Murugiah rubbished claims that A. Kugan's body was tampered with by his family members before the post-mortem.

    "The family members were distraught, yes, but I did not see anyone mishandling the body when I was there," he told reporters after meeting residents from Kota Damansara who were unhappy over the construction of a hypermarket in their neighbourhood.

    Murugiah said he did not see any pool of blood on the floor as claimed by the Serdang Hospital medical officers.

    He also said that he was not aware that the medical officers had been hiding in an adjoining room of the mortuary from the mob of about 50 people as he had been speaking to a doctor whom he declined to name.

    Murugiah went on to say that the entire incident had been recorded on video and that the evidence had already been sent for investigation.
    "Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has assured me that he would be looking into the case. We will just leave it to him to reach a decision," he said.

    "The truth will eventually prevail," he added.

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