Biweekly Human Rights Roundup

IPCMC, Orang Asli Awareness about Covid-19, Concerns on Detainees… Human Rights Round-up (20/03/2020)

  1. IPCMC bill to be reviewed
(World of Buzz)


There will be a postponement on the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) bill due to the recent change of Cabinet.

A further review is to be conducted. De-facto Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan was quoted saying by Malaysiakini that the discussion of the Bill “will be brought to the Security Cluster… led by Senior Minister for Defence Ismail Sabri before it is brought to the Cabinet for a decision.” In other words, he and the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin will jointly fine-tune the bill.

The second and third readings of the Bill, which was due last year, was already postponed to the next Dewan Rakyat meeting; it was said there was a need to further improve the Bill.

Don’t know about IPCMC Bill? Check out this article by Malay Mail.

2. Orang Asli unaware about Covid-19



The Orang Asli communities have remained largely unaware of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Having little access to information about the nation, Salmiah Anai from the Temuan group at Kampung Sungai Raya in Seremban said her community only received information through word of mouth, WhatsApp groups or other social media platforms.

Meanwhile, Colin Nicholas from Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) welcomed the move by the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) to ban outsiders from entering villages in the peninsula to prevent the spread of the virus. He also suggested the government to use platforms such as Orang Asli radio channel Asyik FM to raise awareness about the outbreak.

Note: COAC is one of our ASASI Internship 2020 partners.

3. EDICT urged to protect detainees from Covid-19



Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT) urged the home ministry to implement measures to protect detainees from the Covid-19 pandemic, including cleaning and sanitising detention facilities nationwide. It added that potential detainees should be tested for Covid-19 and admitted only if their results are negative.

EDICT also reminded that there is clear evidence of serious failings which threaten the health and welfare of officers and detainees. It also urged the ministry to reduce overcrowding, fix broken ventilation systems and provide adequate water, as well as ensure that detainees have access to urgent medical attention.

4. Penang to build first transit centre for the homeless

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The Penang state government and the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) are going to build the first transit centre to provide shelter for homeless people. This project aims to tackle the problems of cleanliness, safety and social issues associated with the homeless which are detrimental to the image of George Town.

This is a Triple Net Zero concept project, which means the building would comply with the zero energy, zero water and zero waste strategies. The net-zero building is planning to include a shelter, workshop, laundry, food bank and cafe. All of these are meant to help the poor and homeless while providing services for the public to access.

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