Target: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
Goal: Terminate the employment of a law-enforcement leader for advocating racial violence
In a recent statement, Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the country’s top law enforcement official, made public comments promoting the use of excessive force toward Malaysian Indians. The comments openly advocated a shoot-first policy when dealing with racial gangs.
The Home Minister claimed that the vast majority of gang members were Indian Malaysians, and that they target the majority Malay population. He went on to say that as Malays were victimized without warning, the Indian Malaysians should be shot without warning or investigation.
Unfortunately, there is evidence that this policy was being employed even before the Home Minister’s speech. This year, police shot and killed five Indians who allegedly belonged to a ‘secret society.’ Police reports claim that the men opened fire on the officers as they entered the house, however autopsy reports show that the men were shot point-blank in the heads.
In 2012, three Indians were shot dead in the streets after police claimed that they robbed a jewelry store. Again, police reports were questioned after postmortems suggested that the victims were in a kneeling or laying position, and shot from a downward angle.
Considering Malaysia’s record for unjust executions, these comments are especially serious. These comments will foster hatred and further normalize barbarity in an already biased police force.
Those in positions of power and authority should not be publicly allowed to promote racial violence. Singling out gang members as a race is counterproductive to stopping gang activity. Furthermore, the use of lethal force without necessity by law enforcement is contrary to international human rights laws. Your signature will demand that Malaysia’s Home Minister be removed from his influential position as top law enforcement official.
Dear Najib Razak, Malaysian Prime Minister
Recent remarks by Malaysian Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi endorse racially-motivated violence toward Indian Malaysians by police. Hamidi claimed that many of Malaysia’s gang members are of Indian descent and target the majority Malay ethnicity. He further stated that law enforcement should shoot first, without warning or due process.
Malaysian police have an existing record of such violence – five Indian men were shot at point-blank range during a raid while three more were executed in a similar fashion following an alleged robbery.
The use of force should be used only if absolutely necessary, and only to the minimal extent needed for officers to carry out their duties, according to international human rights laws. A chief law enforcement official stating otherwise is irresponsible and will promote hatred and racially-motivated violence. I request that Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi be immediately excused from his position as Home Minister.
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