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The Home Minister & IGP must stop exposing cops,detainees, judges,court staff & lawyers to COVID19.

EDICT notes with horror a report in FMT yesterday titled “No masks, so suspect brought to court with garbage bag over head.”

The report is accompanied by a photo with the caption “... taken at one of the courts in Penang.”

The picture shows over three dozen arrestees in lockup attire, handcuffed to one another, pressing against one another, in a courtroom. Two thirds of the arrestees are not wearing masks.

According to the report, some detainees have been brought to courts to be charged with violating the Movement Control Order (MCO).


The report also says one detainee had a rubbish bag placed over his head (presumably to protect others) because he had been in contact with a member of the Sri Petaling Tabligh COVID-19 cluster. A rubbish bag!

On 17 March, EDICT alerted the Home Minister to take pandemic actions to protect cops and detainees. On 18 March, EDICT called the public to honour cops since they now have to carry additional burdens and risks.

EDICT is glad that cops are enforcing, even with arrests, rules to minimize the spread of infection.

EDICT is appalled that the Home Minister has failed to ensure that cops on the ground are protected.

EDICT calls upon Home Minister Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainudin, and Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Hamid Bador, to take immediate actions to ensure that arrest and arraignment processes comply with rules to minimize the spread of infection.

It is simply unacceptable to expose policemen, arrestees, lawyers, members of the judiciary and courtroom staff to avoidable infection risks.

It is simply unacceptable that those who enforce rules to minimize infection themselves disobey the same rules.

It is simply unacceptable that cops who want to minimize infection are compelled to use rubbish bags because they don’t have masks.

EDICT further puts on record our utter and complete disgust with Minister of Housing and Local Government, Hajjah Zuraida Kamaruddin.

Reports have emerged of Zuraida, attired in precious Personal Protective Equipment, “disinfecting” the streets using a bogus procedure. And, she moves about with a large retinue – even including policemen!

EDICT calls upon the cabinet, led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to censure Zuraida. Ministers who abuse scarce resources and “showcase” bogus procedures are also simply unacceptable. EDICT 1 April 2020

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