PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian judiciary has taken the initiative to review Practice Directions and relevant circulars for the purpose of improving the existing procedures and practices regarding the application of remand orders, says the Office of the Registrar General.
In responding to a news report on lawyer M Manoharan's suggestions to improve remand proceedings in order to reduce the number of deaths in police custody, Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat has informed that the applicable law for the application for a remand order is as provided for under the Criminal Procedure Code and other related specific laws.
"There is also the Chief Justice’s Practice Direction No. 3 of 2003 and Circular of the Registrar General No. 2 of 2012 which sets out the procedure for applying for a remand order below section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code," the office said in a statement on Saturday (June 12).
A number of custodial deaths have been reported in the past few months, with lorry driver Umar Faruq Abdullah being the latest person to die while in police custody after he jumped from the second floor of the south Klang district police headquarters (IPD) June 3.
Several human rights groups have called for inquests into the inmate deaths.
Other custodial deaths involved a cow’s milk vendor A. Ganapathy on April 18 and a security guard S. Sivabalan on May 20.