Malek, Bila Boleh Dapat RM 2.5 juta?

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Will Malek even see a single sen? - Malaysiakini

How long would it take for the government to pay ISA detainee Abdul Malek Hussin RM2.5 million in damages awarded in court yesterday?

Judging from DAP central committee member Ronnie Liu's experience, the government is likely to drag its feet.

Liu was awarded RM21,220 on July 11 last year for injuries suffered at the hands of riot police in 1995 during a squatter demolition exercise in Kampung Taman Aman, Petaling Jaya.

“18 months have passed. I have yet to be compensated,” said Liu in a press statement to the media today.

Bloodied and bruised Liu mentioned the government’s failure to fulfil the court’s decision in passing in his statement. He also called for action to be taken against those responsible for his and Abdul Malek’s assault.

In Liu’s case, he had submitted to the courts that he was beaten by five baton-wielding riot police resulting in injuries to the forearm, collarbone, abdomen and a six-inch laceration on the chin.

Abdul Malek on the other hand claimed that he was beaten and sexually assaulted while naked and blind folded.

He was awarded RM2.5 million by the Kuala Lumpur High Court yesterday. In both cases, the courts were convinced that the plaintiffs were assaulted by police personnel.

Book those responsible Liu said that it was regrettable that those responsible for the assaults were never brought to book. He called on the government to form a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe Abdul Malek's allegation of torture and abuse, including the role of then IGP Rahim Mohd Noor.

“No amount of money is sufficient to compensate for the losses incurred by the victims and their families,” said Liu, adding that a royal commission would discourage police personnel from engaging similar acts in the future.

“If the public continues to be silent on police assaults or tortures, they are shielding the police who breaks the law and justice cannot be upheld,” he added.
DAP’s Liu wins suit against police - Malaysiakini
Andrew Ong
11 July 2006 , 06 5:37pm

The police have been ordered to compensate DAP central committee member Ronnie Liu RM21,220 for injuries suffered during his run-in with riot police in 1995.
Shah Alam Sessions Court judge Latifah Mohd Tahar allowed his claims with costs today, ending a nine-year wait for the case to be resolved.

Liu was awarded RM18,000 for aggravated damages, RM3,000 for general damages and RM220 for special damages on claims of injuries caused by assault and distress.

Latifah, however, did not allow a claim for exemplary damages as the actions of the defendants - Petaling Jaya district police chief and the Inspector-General of Police - were not characterised as oppression, arbitrary or against the Federal Constitution.

Before announcing the quantum of damages, the judge said she had considered the fact that the defendants had not disputed their vicarious liabilities.

“Even though powers were given (to the police), no one is above the law,” she said.
The courtroom was packed with DAP supporters and also several members of Kampung Taman Aman, who later garlanded Liu to celebrate his victory.

Liu was represented by Gobind Singh Deo and A Magesan. Case for IPCMC Approached later, Liu hoped that the judgment would remind the police not to abuse their powers in future.

“The police have the right to arrest, but not to beat up anyone in carrying out their duties,” said Liu.

He also said that his case reveals the urgent need for the Independent Police Misconduct and Complaints Commission to be set up, as proposed by a royal police commission.

According to his statement of claims filed in 1998, he was beaten by five baton-wielding Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel at Kampung Taman Aman, Petaling Jaya during the demolition of squatter houses on Sept 18, 1995.

The area was being cleared to make way for the Paramount Garden LRT station. He claimed he had approached one deputy supt Sulaiman, who was leading the five FRU personnel, for the court order in relation to the demolition. However, Liu said they surrounded and beat him although he was unarmed.

He claimed to have sustained injuries to the forearm, collarbone and abdomen and a six-inch laceration on the chin. In their reply filed on March 16, 1999, the defendants alleged that Liu’s injuries were the result of self-negligence and that his words and actions had created pandemonium at the scene.

They also alleged that he was trying to stop public servants from performing their duties. The IGP at the time was Rahim Mohd Noor, while the Petaling Jaya OCPD was Johar Che Din.

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