May 30, 08 2:00pm Malaysiakini
The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) today did not mince its words in condemning the “excessive force” being used by the police against residents during the fracas at the Bandar Mahkota Cheras on Tuesday night.
The commission demanded the police to explain the alleged beating of a 21-year-old man during the incident where about 200 BMC residents were ordered to disperse by the police.
“In doing their duties, they have to be more human-rights friendly and the degree of brutality used did not justify it (their action),” said Suhakam commissioner S Subramaniam at a press conference.
Subramaniam said while the police have the authority to take action against the residents, it had to be in accordance with human rights.
Chang Jiun Haur (left), who was with his sister and two other men in a car, was allegedly dragged out of his Proton Wira and repeated kicked and beaten by 20 Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) personnel armed with shields and batons.
He was subsequently hospitalised in for injuries to his face and other parts of his body.
FRU must show proof
According to Subramaniam, it was “absurd” for a team of well-trained FRU men to “feel threatened” by four unarmed youths.
“If they (FRU) have proof that they were hit by the car (as claimed), then they have to provide the names of the officers who were injured,” he said.
Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heung told Parliament yesterday that according to a report given to him from the police, two police officers were hurt – one on the hand and another on the thigh – from falling down after being knocked by the said car.
Subramaniam added that the affected officers should also state which hospital they had gone to for treatment and the doctors who had attended to their injuries.
Meanwhile commissioner Denison Jayasooria, who was also at the Suhakam press conference, stressed that the police should be held responsible for their alleged beating of Chang.
Both the commissioners visited Chang at the Teluk Kemang hospital in Port Dickson, where he lives.