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The climate for human rights defenders, artists, creatives, and the general public in Malaysia is becoming increasingly hostile. With the spectre of repressive laws jeopardizing one’s ability to work and speak out, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has been hitting the country hard, these actions by the police continue to pose a serious threat to our fundamental freedom of expression and artistic freedom. This year alone:
The police appear to be going on a rampage by using laws such as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA), Sections 500 and 505(b) of the Penal Code, and the Sedition Act, and resorting to retaliatory investigations against human rights defenders, artists, journalists, and even netizens for speaking up and being critical of the police and other State actors. Their despicable tactics of intimidating and threatening people and using the law as a tool to investigate embody the attempts to shut down public participation and acts as a precedent towards an authoritarian State.
|Individual’s name and designation||Alleged offence or wrongdoing||Investigations carried out under which law|
|Jufazli Shi Ahmad||Allegedly demanded a police raiding team to produce a search warrant and an arrest warrant.||Section 504 of the Penal Code, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.|
|"Tawau 7"||Allegedly violated MCO standard operating procedures (SOP) by holding a gathering. According to reports, those arrested include Sabah-based social activists Mukmin Nantang, Mohd Azwan Irwan and relatives of villagers inside the lockdown perimeter. All 7 were remanded for two days and later freed.||Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 (regulates public protests). The case is still under investigation|
|Nalini Elumalai, Khalid Ismath, S Arutchelvan, M Sivaranjani, Sevan Doraisamy, Wong Yan Ke and Numan Afifi Saadan||Investigated after attending a peaceful solidarity meeting for Fahmi Reza.||Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 (regulates public protests).|
|Nalini Elumalai, Nik Aziz Afiq, S Arutchelvan, Wong Yan Ke and Sivarajan Arumugam||Investigated in relation to a gathering on May 1 in conjunction with May Day.||Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012 (regulates public protests).|
|Anna Har and Amin Landak||Investigated over the release of a four-minute animation based on the true story of a boy who testified to being tortured while under police custody with two of his friends. The film was illustrated by Amin, and premiered through a Freedom Film Network event, which Anna heads. Both individuals were questioned at Bukit Aman, following which Anna's office and Amin's home are raided.||Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act and Sections 500 and 505B of the Penal Code.|
|Suaram and Misi Solidarity||Police record statement from three activists to assist probe into animation on police brutality||Section 500 of the Penal Code for defamation, Section 505(b) of the Penal Code for “statements conducing to public mischief”, and Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act for improper use of network facilities|
|Azrul Mohd Khalib||Allegedly called for the use of MySejahtera data to track down residents in an EMCO location as an abuse, in a tweet. He was later questioned by the police.||Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act and Sections 500 and 505B of the Penal Code.|
|Chong Ton||Cops quiz publisher, Home Ministry scrutinising content||He was not told under which section he was being investigated|
|Summoning of Free Malaysia Today (FMT) journalists over coverage of film depicting alleged police brutality||Two FMT journalists were called in as witnesses as part of a police investigation against the producers of a short animation on alleged police abuse of power.||Section 505 of the Penal Code (criminalises statements conducing to public mischief)|
|Summoning of three Malaysiakini journalists over coverage of death in police custody case||Police summoned Malaysiakini sub-editors Rusnizam Mahat and Aedi Asri Abdullah for questioning over three articles linked to the death of A Ganapathy, who died while in police custody. The police later questioned Malaysiakini journalist B Nantha Kumar as well.||Section 505 of the Penal Code (criminalises statements conducing to public mischief)|
The constant harassment and intimidation tactics would further impede efforts to promote a conducive human rights environment, good governance and accountability, and transparency in Malaysia. Exercising censorship would further erode the country’s already fragile state of democracy.
We demand that the Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and the Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani act on the following with immediate effect:
The corruption that runs through our police system has plagued Malaysia for years, yet it still remains one of the biggest dangers to public safety and democracy that we face. It is the responsibility of every police officer and lawmaker to exercise their influence to the fullest extent in order to serve and protect everyone in this country.
We deserve a better Malaysia where everyone does not have to live in fear of speaking and seeking the truth!