PUTRAJAYA: Suspects arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will no longer wear the distinctive orange lock-up uniform when appearing in court.
This is among several reforms initiated by chief commissioner Latheefa Koya for the anti-graft body, expected to be announced on Tuesday (July 9).
"I have given orders that all persons arrested by the MACC no longer have to put up with the orange uniform.
"No more orange uniform," Latheefa said in an interview with the news portal Free Malaysia Today.
The news portal reported that under the reforms, suspects will only wear the orange uniform in the lock-up.
It also reported Latheefa saying that new rules on the handcuffing of detainees would be announced.
In 2017,the MACC came under fire for its practice of producing graft suspects in court clad in the orange lock-up suit.
Among critics were rights lawyer N. Surendran, who said this was a violation of prison regulations as well as constitutional rights.
However, the-then MACC chief commissioner Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad defended the practice.
Among the high-profile suspects brought to court clad in the orange suit were former Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, and Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh.
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