Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said the Home Ministry was taking the issue of deaths in custody "very seriously".
Responding to Datuk Johari Abdul (Sg Petani-PKR)'s question in Parliament, Zahid promised that his Ministry would not protect any party suspected of causing death in police custody.
"Any incident will be investigated. Action will be taken by the Home Ministry," he said on Wednesday, adding that there had been 231 cases of death in lock-up from 2000 to mid 2013.
He reminded people of the task force established by PDRM, and that the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar would personally look over lock up operating procedures.
"Death which we suspect was caused by police are only two.
“The rest is deaths from other causes. In this matter, perception must change. 196 that died are from diseases. Is this brutality?" he added.