The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) met Maria Chin Abdullah who is being held under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) that provides for detention without trial for a prolonged period of up to 28 days, without judicial oversight.
Suhakam’s request on short notice was promptly agreed to by the police, for which Suhakam is grateful. The Commission’s delegation was led by Tan Sri Razali Ismail, who is Suhakam Chairman.
During the visit which lasted for 1.5 hours, Maria Chin Abdullah who was not informed of Suhakam’s visit appeared to be in good health.
Suhakam was assured that there was a medical doctor available at all times. Suhakam was taken by the police to an unequipped gymnasium, and then inspected Maria Chin Abdullah’s cell and conducted an unimpeded interview with her.
The state of cleanliness in Maria Chin Abdullah’s cell can be considered as acceptable but there is no escaping from the fact that it is a solitary confinement. The so-called bed has no mattress and she has to wash with cold water.
She indicated that she would like a mattress at the very least to cushion the discomfort of the wooden bed. Maria Chin Abdullah has also requested for a copy of the Quran and reading materials, as well as to be able to see her children and family.
Suhakam has forwarded her requests to the police.
Maria Chin Abdullah also indicated to Suhakam that the police had interrogated her for three hours, what she termed as soft interrogations; certain that there will be more interrogations.
The police were polite and did not prevent a free flow of discussion with Maria Chin Abdullah even though they were present at all times.
While Suhakam is grateful to the police for their cooperation and assistance, the police representatives present were not in a position to consider any requests but would relay it to the higher ups.
Suhakam made the point that Maria Chin Abdullah was unjustifiably detained under Sosma in the company of people who are alleged terrorists, whereby the Standard Operating Procedure applied to an alleged terrorist was similarly applied to her.
Suhakam continues to hold the position that Maria Chin Abdullah is unjustifiably incarcerated and would like to reiterate that in accordance with Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Source : The Heat Malaysia Online