National Human Rights Action Plan – A Must for Malaysia

Posted on: April 6, 2009

KOTA KINABALU: Suhakam is hopeful that the Government will be more receptive this time to its proposal for a National Human Rights Action Plan as it will foster better relations between the Government and the people.

Commission deputy chairman Tan Sri Simon Sipaun said that such a plan would strengthen human rights practices in the country as it would spell out short and long-term measures for safeguarding human rights.

He said Suhakam met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in 2004 to discuss the action plan then.

He said that Najib, as the minister responsible for Suhakam, had appeared to be quite receptive to the idea but there had been no development since that meeting.

Sipaun said Malaysia was the only country in this region with a human rights commission, apart from the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, that had not drawn up such a plan as yet.

“Having this plan would reflect the Malaysian Government’s commitment towards human rights,” he said, adding that Suhakam was always prepared to work with the Government in drawing up such a plan.

On the release of the 13 detainees under the Internal Security Act yesterday, Sipaun said this was a positive development for human rights in Malaysia.

“The move clearly reflects the Prime Minister’s priority to ensuring human rights principles are respected,” he added.

Sipaun said Najib’s pledge of a re-look of the ISA was also an important development and lent high hopes among groups concerned with human rights here.

He said that while some were hoping for the abolition of the ISA, it was important to ensure for now that the ISA was not wrongly used.

“We hope never to see instances of the ISA being used indiscriminately such as the recent detention of journalists.

“The powers that be must always remember the original intention of the ISA which is to be used in situations of extreme threat to national security,” Sipaun added.

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