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Probe into lockup deaths almost complete

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 15 Apr 2017

Good job: Selvakumar receiving an appreciation award from Yaacob in Kuala Lumpur.

Good job: Selvakumar receiving an appreciation award from Yaacob in Kuala Lumpur.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Enforce­ment Agency Integrity Commission has almost completed its probe into the death of detainees in police custody.

Its chairman Datuk Yaacob Md Sam said the commission was considering holding a public hearing for one of the cases.

He said this in his speech at the commission’s media appreciation night here yesterday.

One of the cases being investigated is the death of M. Thanaseelan, 43, at the Bukit Sentosa police station lockup in Hulu Selangor on Feb 25.

Thanaseelan was arrested along with two other men on Feb 22 on suspicion of being involved in housebreaking.

He was found unconscious in the lockup at 1.50am on Feb 25 and confirmed dead by an assistant medical officer on duty.

On another matter, Yaacob said the commission was preparing a policy paper on strengthening the integrity of enforcement officers.

“The effort is especially focussed on agencies involved in border control,” he said.

More than 100 media personnel attended the media night.

The commission held the event for the first time to celebrate the media’s role and integrity in repor­ting news and informing the public.

Yaacob said both the mainstream and alternative media played a vital role in shaping the people’s thoughts.

“The most effective and trusted source of news are media outlets which inform and report via its trained media practitioners.

“Media has power and influence. That’s why it is said that the pen is mightier than the sword,” he added.

He also called on all heads of departments and enforcement agencies to be more open and responsive to the media regarding issues which relate to them.

“The continuous attitude of keeping mum on issues would only strengthen the negative perception held by the public towards the agencies,” he said.

Those present at the event inclu­ded Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan and Star Media Group senior consulting editor T. Selvakumar.

Star Media Group is among the media outlets which received an appreciation award from the institute.