Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
By ELENA CHONG
SINGAPORE: A 16-year-old girl instigated an unknown man to rape a girl who had bad-mouthed her previously.
When the rape failed, Nor Azura Omar forced the 13-year-old girl to have oral sex with the man and even recorded the obscene act with her cellphone.
All this took place at a staircase landing of a block of flats in Woodlands on June 28 last year.
A district court heard that Azura had planned to “break the virginity” of the girl and wanted to take revenge on her for having badmouthed her previously.
She called a chatline and managed to arrange for the unknown man to meet her at a block of flats in Woodlands Avenue 1.
Over the phone, she told him to “break” the victim’s virginity.
The victim overheard this but was afraid to make an escape as she feared that Azura would beat her up, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Diane Tan.
Initially, Azura’s accomplices, all between 12 and 15, did not know about her plan.
Surrounded by Azura and the group, the victim was forced to lie down on the ground. She then instigated the man to rape her but he failed.
Unhappy, Azura forced the victim to perform oral sex on the man.
After the man, who is at large, had left, Azura remained unhappy that her plan did not materialise. She felt that the victim had not learnt her lesson.
The DPP said she then slapped and kicked the victim, who was also attacked by the rest of the group.
After inflicting group violence, Azura decided to humiliate the victim further by forcefully stripping her of her shirt and bra, exposing her breasts to public view.
On Friday, Azura admitted to five charges including one of misappropriating her friend’s bag on July 24.
Community Court judge May Mesenas called for a reformative training report on Azura before deciding what to do on Feb 20. She also wanted a psychological assessment on Azura’s risk of re-offending. -- ANN/ The Straits Times
WHEEL POWER By ANTHONY THANASAYAN
MY best buddy died on the 13th of this month. He was in my arms when I said goodbye. Today is his birthday. Had he lived, he would have celebrated his 13th birthday.
Vai came into my life at a time when I was at the lowest. Even though I was a disabled activist, I found it hard to fight off bouts of depression when I was home.
All that changed when Vai came along. At eight weeks old, he was the very challenge I needed to overcome my depression.
My wheelchair was no longer an excuse. I had to feed him, bathe him and clean up after him. During those times, it was just Vai and I. We learnt to trust each other.
I trained him to be a service dog. Vai learnt to pick up all sorts of things for me: my mobile phone, car keys. He even learnt to open the door.
He also taught me to laugh and have fun. He would snatch my watch away and insisted I chase after it.
At other times, the cheeky fellow would bring me a dead lizard or a live cockroach as a “gift.”
His antics helped me to shift my focus away from my disability and problems, and onto him. As far as he was concerned, it’s people in wheelchairs who are normal.
Vai was an excellent bodyguard. Once he even saved me from a bunch of road bullies. Some boys walked threateningly to my car – until Vai stood up in the backseat to show himself.
He was chief actor in my service dog movie sponsored by the Rotarians. The video made an impression on local councillors who assumed that Rottweilers were killers. After watching it, they decided to scrap the ban on Rottweilers.
If Vai could talk, this would be his message: “There are no bad Rottweilers, only untrained owners!”
Vai, together with his partner (an Alsatian I got a month later), inspired me to set up a service canine training programme called Bivai Special Dogs in 2001.
Vai was instrumental in the setting up of Petpositive, an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) society of which I serve as president. We hope to set up an AAT centre in the country to carry out Vai’s legacy. Not just with dogs but all types of pets to comfort disabled and elderly people.
Vai leaves behind wonderful memories. I can’t imagine living without the marvellous years he so generously gave me.
I sobbed as he slipped away in the late evening. All I could say was “thank you Vai for making my years with you the happiest that I have ever known.”
Vai was euthanised at Segar Veterinary Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He was diagnosed with cancer.
seals: in some part of life the will be a soul in a many kind of body will cross our path. It is a spiritual gift to have such a friend to cross our life. It was indeed a blessing.
May GOD bless the soul.
Published: Thursday January 29, 2009 MYT 11:39:00 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has lodged a report to counter allegations that an Umno division leader was assaulted by MACC officers during detention.
Earlier, the 46-year-old division leader from Maran, Pahang, reported that he was punched in the head, shoulder and stomach during his four-day remand in Kuantan.
He also claimed that he was forced to strip naked, lie and roll on the floor besides being asked to do squats and sing the national anthem repeatedly.
In his report, he also claimed an officer pressed him against the wall and threatened to arrest his wife and ask her to strip if he refused to confess that he had handed money to Umno members.
He lodged his report at the Damansara police station Thursday.
MACC deputy commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohammad said the MACC had lodged a report against the Umno leader for allegedly lodging a false report.
“Before being released, he told us that he will lodge a report and smear MACC’s image, so we waited for him to lodge a report before we ourselves lodged a report.
“We want the police to thoroughly investigate the man’s allegations against our officer and if there is any evidence that the MACC officers had abused or assaulted him, then the police must take action.
“However if there is no such thing, the police must take action against him for lodging a false report,” he said.
Abu Kassim also said that the MACC investigation into money politics involving the Umno leader would continue without fear or favour.
Updated: Thursday January 29, 2009 MYT 11:42:10 PM
By NURBAITI HAMDAN and ZULKIFLI RAHMAN
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of people turned up to protest against the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for arresting Umno members, and against the party’s disciplinary board.
Claiming to be Umno members, they turned up at about 8pm Thursday at the main entrance to Menara Datuk Onn, the building where party leaders were scheduled to hold a supreme council meeting.
They held up placards that read “The Disciplinary Board is senile,” “Don’t take away our rights” and “We reject the MACC, butt out!”
The group shouted out their demands at Umno leaders and supreme council members as they arrived at the building, and handed over a memorandum to party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he arrived at about 8.35pm.
Zuraidi Abd Rahim, who said he was a delegate from Baling, claimed the group represented about 2,500 Umno Youth delegates nationwide.
The memorandum protested disciplinary board chairman Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudeen’s suggestion to abolish the main wings in the party, and the alleged beating of Umno members during interrogation by MACC officers.
“Two or three of them have since lodged police reports” on the alleged beatings, he said.
The police reports were attached to the memorandum that was handed to Abdullah, who is also the Prime Minister.
Another protestor, Saiful Ismail Saaya, who claimed to be a delegate from Kuala Kangsar, said grassroot members did not want Tengku Ahmad as disciplinary board chairman.
The group dispersed after Abdullah and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak entered the building.
seals: No police, not a illegal gathering, no "disperse in 10 counts", no arrest?
Published: Thursday January 29, 2009 MYT 9:27:00 PM
By ANDREW SAGAYAM
KUALA LUMPUR: Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam has lodged a police report against Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar over the death of suspected car thief A. Kugan.
He claimed that DCP Khalid had accused Kugan’s family and 50 others of storming into the Serdang Hospital mortuary where Kugan’s body was kept.
He said DCP Khalid had also accused Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah and Datuk S.K. Devamany of joining in the mob.
He said he has a DVD recording that showing the mortuary attendants opening the doors and everyone in.
“So how can he say that we barged in?,” he said this after lodging the report at the Brickfields district police headquarters Thursday.
Manikavasagam also claimed that a police officer came to his office in Kapar and seized the DVD recording.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said it was disheartening for Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Syed Albar to say that the public did not care when a policeman dies.
“This is certainly not true and I think he does not understand the issue surrounding Kugan’s death.
“The issue here is not so much the victim but the police who abused their powers to the extent of causing the death of a detainee in police custody,” he said.
Kugan, 22, was arrested on Jan 14 in connection with a luxury car theft ring in Sungai Chua, Kajang.
He died at the Taipan station on Jan 20.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
By Shannon Teoh and Neville Spykerman (The Malaysian Insider)
The 22-year-old will be buried in the cemetery instead of a cremation as reported earlier. Mourners circled his casket in the final rites as workers finished removing water from his waterlogged grave after a massive downpour.
Mourners raise their fists in anger as they gather around the hearse in front of the USJ8 police station. — Pictures by Shannon Teoh
Traffic congestion in Puchong slowed down the hearse's journey after prayers in front of the USJ8 police station, where he died in custody on Jan 20. A crowd there unfurled banners that said "Polis Pembunuh Berlesen" while chanting "Police Pembunuh" and "We want Justice", bringing traffic to a standstill outside the police station as a police helicopter hovered overhead during the family prayers.
The crowd also shouted the name of Hindraf leader P. Uthayakumar and the outlawed organisation before leaving the police station as police watched but did not take action.
"The attendance shows the outrage of the public. I hope the Barisan Nasional government takes heed," said Sivarasa Rasiah, who is Subang MP, while joining the funeral procession.
"Eleven (policemen) have been identified but no arrest. This is telling the public that there is a double standard when investigating policemen," he added.
Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo telling off a hospital staff for trying to block his way. 'Bugger, behave!' the lawmaker shouted
Despite some antagonism from the crowd, police had provided escort for the procession that began from the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) at 1.45pm. During the journey to the police station, the crowd had cheered the police "Polis bagi escort" while others blasted the police, shouting "Polis pembunuh Kugan".Police had earlier arrested five men wearing Hindraf T-shirts as they threw a tight cordon around the medical centre for the suspected car thief's funeral. They only allowed some 50 people, including family and several lawmakers, to claim Kugan's body.
Lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said family and friends paid respects at the mortuary five at a time. Police had earlier chased away reporters and nearly 100 supporters around the mortuary waiting to pay respects.
The Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) and Light Strike Force had cordoned off the teaching hospital this morning but crowds, responding to text messages, have turned up for the funeral procession. Several tried to go through the barricade but police ordered them to disperse.
Police arrested two men when the crowd was dispersing just after noon. The government had banned the Hindraf movement last year, making all its symbols illegal, after it organised a massive protest in November 2007. Five Hindraf leaders are under ISA detention.
Another two were arrested later for inciting the crowd, police said. They also wore Hindraf T-shirts.
The latest arrest is Hindraf legal adviser R.S. Thanendran, who also wore a Hindraf T-shirt.
"I don't see why anyone has been arrested. We are not here to make trouble," Gobind, who is also Puchong MP, told reporters.
"They are just here to pay last respects," said Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, who said he will lodge a police report against Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar for making conflicting statements over Kugan's death.
Kugan, a 22-year-old insurance claims executive, was arrested on Jan 14 for allegedly being involved in a luxury car-theft ring. He died on Jan 20 after drinking some water, police claimed. An initial autopsy said he died of "fluid in the lungs".
But the Attorney-General's Chambers has classified the case as murder after an outcry by the family and lawmakers, and a second autopsy over the weekend found external injuries and phlegm in his lungs.
The family and authorities are waiting for detailed toxicological and tissue tests in the final autopsy report.
Critics have said Kugan's death is the latest in custody deaths in Malaysia, mostly among Indians detained by police.
In 2007, then Internal Security Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had stated there were 106 deaths in custody between 2000 and 2006. No updated statistics have been issued since then.
Lawyer N Surendan disagreed that it was a racial issue, saying it affected all Malaysians. "Deaths in detention happen to all races," he said.
Eleven police personnel from the USJ8 Taipan police station have been transferred to desk duties pending the outcome of the investigations. A special police team from the Bukit Aman federal headquarters is probing the case and authorities expect to make charges within a week.
seals: They identified and then arrested. They identified but just transfer them to desk job. No arrest?
Kugan funeral procession: Two arrested
PETALING JAYA: Police detained two men who tried to get through a barricade at the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) despite orders to disperse, as a large crowd began to gather Wednesday to take part in the funeral procession of A. Kugan.
The two were wearing t-shirts depicting the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force movement, or Hindraf.
The arrests, made at the UMCC entrance about 12.15pm, came after Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid had made an announcement asking the crowd disperse.
He gave the crowd up till a count to 10 to disperse, failing which he said arrests would be made. He then ordered his men to arrests the two.
They have been taken to the Brickfields police headquarters for questioning, ACP Wan Abdul Bari said.
At 12:45pm, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) Dr P. Ramasamy and the family’s lawyer N. Surendran arrived but were denied entry into the mortuary by a UMMC security officer.
A heat exchange ensued before they were allowed in, together with Kugan’s parents and two other relatives.
Relatives and friends were then allowed entry into the mortuary where Kugan’s body is being kept, but only in batches of five.
At a hastily-convened press conference at the scene, Manikavasagam denied online rumours that the funeral procession was going to proceed to the Kuala Lumpur City Centre to hold a demonstration.
Instead, he clarified, the procession would first proceed to Subang Jaya where a five-minute prayer would be held at the Taipan police station in which Kugan was killed, before proceeding to Puchng for the funeral rites.
Meanwhile, Gobind said they were not there to cause trouble and blamed the police for blowing things out of proportion.
“We’re just here to show our support,” he said. “We’re just here to claim the body and allow Kugan’s funeral to proceed.”
Gobind also said that the second post-mortem report has been completed but the doctor who conducted it had yet to reveal anything.
Members of the Field Reserve Unit (FRU) and the Light Strike Force were deployed early Wednesday to Jalan Universiti to prepare for the funeral procession.
The suspected car thief had died while being questioned by police on Jan 20.
The units have been placed there in anticipation of a large crowd for the procession that will begin at UMMC and proceed to Puchong, Petaling Jaya police chief Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed said earlier.
Members of the public should not join in any illegal gathering and police will take stern action, he added.
Kugan’s family had arrived at the scene a little after 12 noon.
His uncle, Ravi Roy, 42, had earlier told the media said that the family was not blaming the police force for Kugan’s death, but was merely seeking the truth.
“We are not blaming the entire police force, all we want is for the people who are responsible to be brought to justice,” he said at the Bandar Kinrara home here of Kugan’s parents on Monday.
Kugan’s body is currently at the UMMC mortuary, where a second post-mortem was conducted last Sunday.
The 22-year-old collapsed and died inside the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya on Tuesday last week. The initial post-mortem revealed that he had died due to fluid in his lungs, but Kugan’s family entered the Serdang Hospital mortuary that same day and took photographs of his body, which showed severe bruising.
They demanded a second post-mortem, although that report is not out yet.
While initially saying no foul play was involved, police have now reclassified the case as murder for the purpose of investigation, at the urging of the Attorney-General.
Earlier, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said police would not allow any carrying of banners or posters during Kugan’s funeral.
He said the funeral should not be politicised or turned into a racial event.
He warned groups who were not involved to stay out of the funeral procession.
“The body should be brought straight from the mortuary to the crematorium in Puchong,” he said.
Ismail said that if Kugan’s body was taken elsewhere, it would be considered an illegal gathering and the police would take action.
He said that the police would be on stand-by to ensure that the funeral proceeded smoothly.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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The MCA wants an independent autopsy to be carried out to determine Kugan’s cause of death while the MIC wants an independent committee to investigate the death.
Gerakan meanwhile called on the Government to review the interrogation procedures of enforcement agencies.
MCA central committee member Wong Nai Chee, lauding Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail’s decision to classify Kugan’s death as murder, urged police to conduct a thorough investigation.
“The MCA is aghast over the extent of the injuries on the body of Kugan, who collapsed and died while in police custody.
“We call upon Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar and the Inspector-General of Police to carry out a thorough probe into the detainee’s death,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Kugan died in the Taipan police station in USJ, Subang Jaya, after being arrested on Wednesday for suspicion of being involved in a car theft syndicate.
Wong, who is also the party’s Legal Affairs and Parliamentary Legislation Research Bureau head, added that “if it is found that negligence or assault on the part of the authorities led to the Kugan’s death, immediate and appropriate action must be taken against the culprits.”
MIC deputy president Datuk G. Palanivel, who called for an independent committee of eminent persons to investigate the death, said transparent action by the Government would bring back public confidence in the police.
“The committee should be empowered to look into lockup procedures and closed-circuit camera recordings,” he said.
In calling for a review of interrogation procedures, Gerakan deputy president Datuk Chang Ko Youn said this was to ensure that the use of excessive force was not allowed or condoned.
Death and injury while under police detention were issues that must be tackled by the Government immediately, he said in a statement.
seals: now MIC, MCA, GERAKAN has made the call.....take action against the parties ..like you wanted to take action against the deputy ministers.
Datuk K. Devamany and Senator T. Murugiah, both deputy ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department, were present at the mortuary when the crowd entered the premises to examine the body of suspected car thief A. Kugan who had died while in police custody.
“No minister or member of the administration is above the law and if you have committed an offence then you have to face the consequences,” Syed Hamid told reporters before attending a public forum on the Internal Security Act (ISA) here Saturday night.
He also said that the 11 policemen being investigated for allegedly causing hurt to Kugan would not be spared action if they were found to have abused their powers.
Kugan, 22, who was detained on Jan 15 at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya on suspicion of being involved in the theft of luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, died while being questioned on Tuesday.
Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said a postmortem found that Kugan had died due to fluid in his lungs but Kugan’s family sought a second postmortem.
Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said later that Kugan’s death had been classified as murder.
On the forum, organised by a non-governmental organisation called The Patriot in collaboration with the Home Ministry, Syed Hamid said the ministry was ready to hold similar forums throughout the country to enhance the public’s understanding of the ISA. -- Bernama
seals: Such law applies for MIC only. (Like when Devamani spoke for the people). Speak only for UMNO, it is an offence to speak for people.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also said that, with immediate effect, federal agencies would only consider recommendations of Federal Village Development and Security Committees.
He said the move was to cut off the village committee appointed by the Pakatan Rakyat state government from access to Federal agencies.
“We will not hesitate to take disciplinary actions against federal agency directors if they attended meetings,” he told reporters after chairing the State Federal Action Council meeting here yesterday.
Zahid said agencies like the Drainage and Irrigation Department, Public Works Department, Health Department, Agriculture Department and the police were exempted from the ruling.
Noting that the Federal government only recognised the Federal Village Committees, their recommendations were therefore be considered legal.
“We do not recognise the recommendations of the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK),” he added.
Zahid said that among the issues that required the recommendations of federal committee were scholarship applications and entries into institutes of higher learning.
Zahid said the 28 Barisan Nasional elected representatives in the state would be given special allocations to assist the people in their constituencies.
“The allocation will be given out whenever there are incidents of fire, flood or thunderstorm in their constituencies,” he said.
However, he declined to reveal the amount allocated for each constituency.
seals: When I read one thing strike my understanding ...guess what? Ah! don't have to guess also, all will know too.
"BN is not a party for PEOPLE. They don't serve people, they only serve BN's people"
Jan 23, 09 5:13pm
Breaking news updated 6.55pm
Following a massive public outcry, Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail has classified the death of Kugan Ananthan as murder and an investigation is underway.MORE
'Cops could be charged next week'
Court order for second post-mortem
Kugan’s death classified as murder
By SHARON LING
PUTRAJAYA: Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail said he has classified the death of suspected car thief Kugan, who died while in police custody, as murder.
Earlier in KUCHING, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said a full investigation will be carried out into the death.
He said although the post-mortem report found that Kugan had died due to fluid in his lungs, police would conduct an in-depth investigation to find out what had transpired.
”We will not cover up anything,” he told reporters after chairing the first tripartite meeting between the chiefs of the Royal Malaysian Police, Royal Brunei Police Force and Indonesia National Police here on Friday.
The 22-year-old Kugan died in police custody on Tuesday while being questioned in relation to several luxury car thefts.
Musa also said Kugan’s family members should not have gone into the Serdang Hospital mortuary to view the body as it could be considered tampering with evidence.
”This should not have happened and we will also investigate it as a report has been lodged,” he said.
The People’s Parliament : http://harismibrahim.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/photos-of-the-funeral-procession-yesterday/
The Malaysian Bar Council : http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/press_release_shocking_death_in_police_custody_prompt_and_serious_action_required.html
seals: Who else can be charged, if found that the cause of death was not because of “liquid in his lungs”?
Mr IGP, if the family members would have not barged in and take photos as evidence, this case would have been like the many other custodial deaths that went unknown.
Here is what said about the port mortem in Malaysian Medical Resources (MMR)
Another custodial death. No foul play?
What’s the furor all about?
22-year-old Kugan Ananthan died in police custody. He was being held under a two-week remand to facilitate police investigations linking him to several car theft cases.From the press we gather that a post-mortem found “liquid in his lungs”. Does this mean there was no foul play? If you read the MSM, that’s what they are saying.
"Post-mortem revealed no foul play in the death of police detainee A. Kugan at the Subang Taipan police station."
But there seems to be more than that. If you read Malaysiakini and watch the video (warning: viewer discretion is strongly advised as there are pretty graphic images here) there appears to be unusual injuries to the body.
Was the suspect in fact so severely beaten during his interrogation that this beating led to his death? Severe physical torture can certainly lead to various complications including rhabdomyolysis, acute renal failure and pulmonary oedema (water in the lungs). “Water in the lungs” does not just develop in a young man who has no prior cardiac, respiratory or other serious ailments. We do not of course know more details about his medical background and more detailed post-mortem findings but I am not surprised that the relatives of the deceased want a second post-mortem.
Charles Santiago has called upon the Government to urgently stop custodial killings. Interesting figures from that article:
"According to statistics revealed in Parliament last year, there were a total of 1535 custodial deaths in the country between 2003 and 2007."
Staggering numbers! Are police lockups a serious health hazard?
See more (pictures here) and (video here)
The peoples reaction :
T Mohan said "The Police asked Kuhan to lick his own blood"
seals: My question (as I said earlier) can the guilty party investigate itself?
How can a healthy person can have water in the lungs all of a sudden?
What is the content of the fluid that was in the lungs ... ? What was the cause of the "water in lungs"
Can a non-government pathologist be allowed to perform 2nd post mortem under the supervision of the lawyers?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The foetus was found at about 10am by scrap collectors Salim Ahmad, 36, and Asis Nasir, 14, who were scavenging the dumpster for scrap.
Salim said they found the foetus wrapped in plastic and tied up with rafia string in the bag. After the shocking find, the two notified the police.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Azam Abd Hamid, when contacted, said the race and sex of the foetus could not be determined.
He urged those with information to notify their nearest police station.
seals: this will never stop until we change the way we think.
PETALING JAYA: Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police would record the statements of two deputy ministers in connection with the morgue incident in which the body of A. Kugan, who died in detention, was tampered with.
He said the post-mortem showed that Kugan, a suspected car thief who was being questioned at the Taipan police station in Subang Jaya, died of liquid in his lungs.
DCP Khalid had earlier vowed there would be no cover-up in the investigation into the death.
However, on Tuesday, Kugan’s family and members of the public allegedly barged into the Serdang Hospital mortuary where the body was being kept, ripped off his shirt, moved his body and took some photographs.
Kugan, who was detained on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in stealing luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, and was brought to the Taipan police station on Tuesday where he suddenly collapsed and died while being questioned.
He had asked for a glass of water and threw up after drinking, then collapsed. The policemen present immediately summoned a doctor from a nearby clinic to examine Kugan, who was pronounced dead minutes later.
In KLANG, the two deputy ministers said their presence was merely part of their job, reports WANI MUTHIAH.
Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator T. Murugiah and Datuk S.K. Devamany said members of the public had demanded they be at the mortuary.
“I received a call at about 11pm. The caller said it was my responsibility to be there as a public servant,” said Murugiah.
Murugiah added when he arrived at the hospital at about midnight, the crowd berated him over what had happened to Kugan.
He added he had kept quiet and listened to the angry words as his main intention of being there was to calm the situation.
“I also consoled the deceased’s family and relatives. I assured them the police would investigate the matter,” said Murugiah.
When contacted, Devamany said he arrived at the mortuary at about 1.15am after receiving calls from MIC Youth members about the incident.
“I am an elected representative chosen by the people to serve them, therefore I was doing my duty by being there,” said Devamany.
He said when he arrived, Kugan’s remains were at the holding area inside the mortuary.
“Once there, I spoke to the aggrieved family and consoled them before calling the hospital director to come and explain the post-mortem procedure.
“I also assured them that justice will be served,” he said.
seals: At least these ER (elected representative) knows their role. As usual whistle blowers in Malaysia will get arrested/questioned by Police. This clearly sends a wrong signal to the people how the police being used to institute fear. If the hospital was clear its action, the police and hospital should have called in the family and related people as soon as he died. What the police/hospital has to hide? And it is clear from the photos he has suffered enough physically.
'Probe case of man who died in police custody'
PETALING JAYA (Jan 22, 2009): Opposition MPs and other political leaders gathered outside the Subang Jaya district police headquarters yesterday calling for a thorough probe into the death of a 22-year-old car theft suspect in police custody on Tuesday.
About 100 people including the family members of the dead man Kugan Ananthan, Kapar MP S. Manikavasagam, Puchong MP Gobind Singh, Teluk Intan MP. M. Manoharan, Keadilan’s Selangor Youth leader Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, MIC Youth Leader T. Mohan and Police Watch and Human Rights committee head S. Jayathas arrived at the headquarters at 3.30pm to lodge a report. The supporters carried banners which bore the pictures of Kugan’s body taken at Serdang Hospital.
The photos showed bruises, swells, cuts and abrasions all over the body and froth oozing from the mouth and nose.
“It is the most brutal and horrific case of police brutality I have ever seen. It appears that not an inch of his body had been spared. I urge the federal police to immediately probe the death of this young man. His family is seeking justice and those responsible must face the law,” said lawyer N. Surenthiran, who is representing Kugan’s family.
Three police reports were lodged by the deceased’s family, Manikavasagam and Khairul calling for the incident to be probed.
Manikavasagam said there are two witnesses to the assault on Kugan who are willing to come forward to reveal what they saw.
“It was the first time he had ever been detained by police and he came out dead. We were never told where he was being held. We looked for him everywhere since his arrest on Jan 15 but the police only informed us on Tuesday that he had died,” said Kugan’s mother, N. Indra.
She said her son did not suffer from asthma as claimed by police.
Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, when contacted, urged all parties not to speculate on the death of the man and allow police to probe the case.
“We commenced a probe soon after the incident under Section 330 of the Penal Code which is for causing hurt to a person in an attempt to force them into giving or making a statement,” he said.The investigating team probing the death is from the state police headquarters, he said.
He said the post mortem was yet to be carried out as the family of the deceased had refused to positively identify his body.
Khalid said Kugan was with an accomplice when he was arrested in Sg Chua, Kajang after a car chase by a team of detectives.
He said the accomplice managed to escape on foot but Kugan was caught.
He said soon after his arrest on Jan 15 for suspected car thefts and on questioning him, police recovered a stolen Toyota Camry and a Honda Accord.
He said police recovered 13 stolen cars from a godown in Puchong yesterday based on information gathered from Kugan.
Khalid said the deceased was allegedly involved in several cases of car thefts in the Klang Valley and Johor.
Kugan, a security guard from Puchong had a remand order on him till yesterday.
seals: "Even the worst criminal has the right to face a fair trial under the law". Can the party who is guilty investigates its own case? Will that be fair?
PETALING JAYA: Selangor police have vowed there would be no cover-up in investigations into the death of a suspected car thief who collapsed and died inside the Taipan police station in USJ, Subang Jaya during questioning.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said police were investigating the case under Section 330 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt to extort a confession.
“I can assure the family of A. Kugan and public that there will be no cover-up. If the post-mortem report indicates that force was used, leading to Kugan’s death, then we will take action against those responsible.
“Everyone should wait for the post-mortem report before jumping to conclusions or politicising the issue,” he said.
DCP Khalid said Kugan, who was arrested on Jan 15, was being questioned in connection with a car theft syndicate that was believed to have international links.
He said Kugan had led police to the recovery of 15 luxury cars from a warehouse in Puchong that were being readied to be shipped off overseas by the syndicate he allegedly worked with.
“We were in the midst of obtaining more information from him regarding his involvement with the syndicate’s activities when he was brought to the Taipan police station.
“The car theft syndicate is believed to be one of the biggest in the state and our officers were getting intelligence from him on that day,” he added.
Kugan, who was detained on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in stealing luxury cars in Sungai Chua, Kajang, was brought to the Taipan police station on Tuesday where he suddenly collapsed and died while being questioned.
He had asked for a glass of water and threw up after drinking, then collapsed. The policemen present immediately summoned a doctor from a nearby clinic to examine Kugan, who was pronounced dead minutes later.
His body was sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for a post-mortem to determine the cause of death.
His family had told police that Kugan suffered from asthma.
DCP Khalid said Mohamed Azharuddin Abdul Ghani in his report claimed he and two colleagues were forced out of the room by the crowd that came to the hospital at about 11.30pm Tuesday.
He said Mohamed Azaharuddin also claimed that the family members and the crowd of some 50 people left the mortuary only at about 2.30am Wednesday after they had identified and examined the body.
“The MO alleged that when he went back to the cold room he found the shirt Kugan was wearing had been ripped and torn apart, and there were also spots of blood on the floor,” he added.
Kugan’s family also lodged a report at the Subang Jaya police headquarters claiming the police were responsible for Kugan’s death. They also refuted claims by police that Kugan had suffered from asthma.
The family’s lawyer N. Surendran said that the wounds and scars on the body was evidence enough that the police had caused Kugan’s death.
“The police are responsible for this horrible murder and we will not rest until justice is done,” he said.
He also refuted claims that the victim’s body was tampered with at Serdang Hospital when family members and some members of the public had rushed into the mortuary and took pictures of his wounds.
“All they did was open up his shirt and turn the body around to examine his injuries,” he claimed.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Ampang Jaya police chief ACP Jalil Hassan said that the guard witnessed an argument between a man and woman in a car yesterday.
“The man then took an object from the boot and threw it into the bin,” he said.
ACP Jalil said police were tracking down the couple, based on the car’s registration. — Bernama
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