Malaysia must change attitude towards torture


Kenneth Cheng Chee Kin

Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is among the few voices prepared to argue against the use of inhumane punishment such as whipping to deter crime. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 6, 2022.

EVEN in the festive mood of the Lunar New Year celebration, when even a political geek like myself would generally eschew political news for a moment of reprieve, I could not help but break my silence when I heard news of a senior police officers demanding corporal punishment for undocumented migrants.

What was most distressing was that aside from Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and rights activist Adrian Pereira, there were few other voices prepared to argue against the use of inhumane punishment or or directly challenge the views of Internal Security and Public Order director Hazani Ghazali on the efficacy of whipping as a deterrence against crime.


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