Police and Your Basic Rights Booklet Launched
The Malaysian Bar Council launched a small red book yesterday, explaining “in simple language to the layman, his rights when stopped or detained by police.”
According to the NST report today, the 31-page book is “published in four languages tells you what to do when stopped for questioning and when arrested or under remand. The booklet also explains a person‚Äôs right to remain silent, right to ask an officer to show his authority card and what to do and ask during a body search.”
It was launched by Minister in the Prime Minister‚Äôs Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, who was quoted as saying ‚ÄúIt is unfortunate that most people are completely ignorant of their rights. They do not have the slightest idea of what the police can or cannot do.”
I think the one that really need to read this book is the police themselves who is as ignorant as everybody else, and thought that their power and authority is limitless.
The report didn’t say where we can get these books though. But there’s a downloadable PDF version of the book in English available online from the Bar Council website.
Download it here: malaysianbar.org.my
I believe you can also get it from their office, which is situated behind Central Market.
Malaysian Bar Council
No. 13, 15 & 17, Leboh Pasar Besar, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-20313003 Fax: +603-20261313 Email: email Bar Council
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