KUALA LUMPUR: A consumer group and an NGO have called for the police to look into improving the state of the country's police lock-ups.
According to the Malaysian International Humanitarian Organisation (MHO) and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), the conditions found within some police lock-ups leave something to be desired.
MHO secretary-general Hishamuddin Hashim said that he had received reports that some lock-ups were lacking in regards to cleanliness and the food provided.
"The people detained (in these lock-ups) have not necessarily done anything wrong.
"Is it fair to put those who have not been found wrong in a place that is not suitable, in terms of cleanliness and facilities," Hishamuddin told reporters at a press conference here on Friday.
"We need to be firm with the law but we also need to be kind to human beings," he added.
PPIM chairman Datuk Nadzim Johan said that the authorities should provide appropriate facilities at the lock-ups, including prayer mats and clothing to enable Muslim detainees to perform their prayers.
"We are not asking for six-star service but basic needs must be met," said Nadzim.
Nadzim also suggested that existing bodies, such as the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) or Bukit Aman's Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (JIPS), could take the lead in ensuring that those detained in police lock-ups receive their basic requirements.