High Court dismisses Uthayakumar's RCI bid

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 17 Feb 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has dismissed an application by lawyer P. Uthayakumar for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to be set up to look into prison reforms in Malaysia.

Judicial Commissioner Datuk Nordin Hassan said Wednesday that the court has no jurisdiction to exercise its power to hear such an application.

The court also agreed to the objection raised by deputy Public Prosecutor Suzana Atan that the relief sought for by Uthayakumar was not specifically specified in his application.

He filed his application at the KL High Court’s criminal registry in October last year.

In his application Uthayakumar called for the Prime Minister to propose to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to set up the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the advice of the Attorney-General, and that specialists should give prisoners at all prisons nationwide healthcare and medical treatment.

Uthayakumar, who was jailed two years for sedition, added that transvestite prisoners should be jailed separately and taken care of by women wardens to avoid abuse.

He said he or any other human rights lawyer should head the Commission and be paid a salary to investigate written complaints, and applied for two other human rights lawyers to be appointed as a director and a deputy at each prison and be paid a salary.

Uthayakumar is also applying for the parole programme at all prisons nationwide to be led by a human rights lawyer.

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