Friday, 22 June 2007

Biro Penerangan Parti Keadilan Rakyat Press Statement: Arresting activists will not solve rising crime in Johor


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Press Statement

18 JUNE 2007

Arresting activists will not solve rising crime in Johor

I have been informed that the Johor Bahru magistrate’s court had granted the police a one-day remand of two young man – Nyam Kee Han and See Siew Min, who were arrested yesterday morning for distributing a leaflet which called for an independent police commission to be established, during a 200-strong residents protest on the disturbing rise in crime in the state.

This remand is unconstitutional as the Federal Constitution is very clear that the police are only allowed to hold a person for not more than 24 hours. Both the police and the judiciary should know of this, but yet the application was allowed.

This begs the question – has the lack of respect for the law, which is evident in the alarming levels of crime and lawlessness, been extended to the judiciary and the police?

Instead of wasting time and public funds to persecute those who speak truth to power, the police should have used their resources to step up crime prevention and to apprehend the real culprits. Arresting residents and activists will not resolve crimes in Johor.

The state of crime in Johor has reached a level where there are places in residential areas which residents themselves are too fearful to venture out after dark. Robberies and rape cases have become too frequent in the past few years.

I call on the police to immediately and unconditionally release the two men in remand and I further urge the Chief Minister of Johor to step up all efforts to stop crime in Johor.

Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail


People’s Justice Party (KeADILan)


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