New remand proceedings better protect rights of detainees

Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

Under normal circumstances, a police officer may only detain a person for a maximum 24 hours for investigation. The detention period may only be extended with the court's permission. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 19, 2021.

AS an activist advocating for better civil and political rights in Malaysia, I am delighted at the recent directives for remand proceedings from Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat.

While the directives may seem nothing more than a procedural guide to the layman, for it merely affirms civil liberties such as habeas corpus and right to legal representation as enshrined in article 5 of the Federal Constitution, there are well documented cases of where gaps and avenue exist within the remand process for violation of liberty rights in actual practice.

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