Condemn Malaysian Police Abuse


Target: Minister of Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

Goal: End police abuses in Malaysia

A report from Human Rights Watch has revealed that Malaysian police forces are responsible for human rights violations and severe abuses toward the public. Though a standing order on the use of firearms exists, there have been hundreds of deaths at the hands of police, often without adequate justification. Petition the Malaysian government to increase accountability, and put an end to rampant police abuse.

Malaysia has a dismal record of human rights violations, and the police forces are no exception. Malaysian police have committed unlawful killings and acts of torture against the Malaysian public. With the only investigation often coming from within the police force itself, there is little to no chance of justice or meaningful accountability for use of excessive force or outright abuse.

Human Rights Watch discovered troubling cases of unjustified killings by police despite a standing order that ostensibly regulates use of firearms by police. Suspects have been killed without justifiable cause when other, non-lethal means could have been used. Even more egregious is the lack of transparency and accountability in investigations of deaths within police custody.  Police officials may bypass postmortems by listing deaths within custody as accidental, avoiding investigation of possible abuse. Torture and ill treatment toward prisoners have also been documented, often to attain confessions. Detainees claimed to have been subjected to physical abuse, even threatened with death, to force confessions of guilt. They may file claims of inhumane treatment, but there is no transparency in how police investigate allegations.

These transgressions must be addressed. Without outside investigation, the police force is able to cover up abuses and mistreatment against the public with impunity. This abuse of human rights cannot continue. The Malaysian government must step in and take action to end police abuse and establish transparency and accountability.


Dear Minister of Home Affairs Ahmad Zahid Hamidi,

Malaysia has an unfortunate record of violations against human rights, and police forces are no exception. UN investigations have uncovered extensive police abuse and mistreatment toward detainees. Confessions are often extracted through duress and there is no real accountability in police investigations, especially as they are carried out internally.

I urge you to address these concerns and take a stand in defense of human rights. The Malaysian public is threatened by the very organization meant to protect against domestic crime and violence. Continued police misconduct is unacceptable, and the Ministry of Home Affairs cannot stand by and let these transgressions continue without penalty or justice. The Malaysian people must have answers, and the police must be held accountable.


[Your Name Here]

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