Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Do we have a social obligation when an arrest is made?

After reading the article below, I was thinking this does not apply for only cases involving Emergency Ordinance but all cases. Specially that involves lower income group. The welfare department must be involved to make sure the family is taken care psychologically, emotionally and financially to some extend. The goal is to reduce crime and we don't want the broken family to turn out to be the next batch ...right? Prevention is better then cure ..... based on cases and family condition that is observed before/during/after the arrest the police should inform the welfare department to move in and provide necessary support to stabilise the family....

Do you agree with me?

The news below....

KUALA LUMPUR: A family lost the life they knew forever when the sole breadwinner was detained under the Emergency Ordinance.

His wife turned to prostitution, a daughter ran away to Singapore while another started working in a nightclub. And all because the family members had to support themselves.

Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said this was proof that detention under the Emergency Ordinance should stop immediately.

"If someone is detained without trial for years, it not only affects him but his family.

"If you’re sentenced by the courts, you know when you will be out, but here you don’t know at all," he told a roundtable discussion on prison and detention centre conditions.

Siva said police should charge suspected criminals in court instead of detaining them under the Emergency Ordinance.

"This will also help improve their investigative skills." He also suggested that the government pay the salaries of civil servants detained under the Emergency Ordinance to their families.

For those in the private sector, he suggested that the Welfare Department step in to ensure families were not left in the lurch."When a person is detained under the Emergency Ordinance, families could end up losing their sole breadwinner."

Siva said that as of September last year, 187 were on death row. He felt the Pardons Board should meet more frequently to hear the many appeals before it.


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