NGOs: Suhakam KPI system should be transparent


  • Nation
  • Monday, 18 May 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: Two human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called on the Government to make transparent the process of assessing Suhakam commissioners by a key performance indicator (KPI) system when it asks Parliament to delete two other clauses in the newly passed Suhakam (Amendment) Act, 2009.

“The KPI is a good idea but what are the indicators?” asked Suaram co-ordinator John Liu.

“The process and the indicators should be transparent and made public.”

Empower member Honey Tan was not convinced the KPIs, as envisaged in Section 5(5) of the amended Act, was the way to go.

“Suhakam is not a company where one can look at sales targets, cutting down expenses and improving profits.

“However, if the Government feels that it must go down this route, it is important to ‘measure’, among other things, how proactive commissioners are, for example, in observing and monitoring situations of arrests when our fundamental liberty of peaceful assembly are violated.

“Not a single commissioner came on the night of May 7, 2009, to Brickfields, when 14 members of civil society were arrested, along with five lawyers and a reporter.”

Liu and Tan said this when asked to comment on the recent statement by de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz that two other amendments would be tabled before Parliament at the June meeting to make the Suhakam Act compliant with the Paris Principles but had made no mention of the KPI clause.

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