Suhakam never meant to have teeth

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 28 Mar 2006

THE Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) was never meant to have any “teeth”, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz told the Dewan Rakyat. 

Its role, he said, was to promote human rights in the country and not to enforce such rights. 

“The Government has never suggested that Suhakam be given any teeth,” he said in reply to Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh). 

Kok had asked if the commission should get more power and role so that it would not be a powerless government agency. 

Nazri said it would be up to the relevant authority to take action on any of Suhakam’s recommendations on human rights infringements.  

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