MALACCA — October 7, 2015: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants the government to establish a special parliamentary committee to look into all its annual reports on human rights submitted to Parliament thus far.
Suhakam vice-chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said it made this proposal after finding out that the reports had never been discussed either by the Dewan Rakyat or Dewan Negara.
“It is mandatory that these reports be submitted to Parliament each year during its first term sitting. However, the issues or problems reported
were never debated.
“Through this committee, we hope that all issues are reviewed and then MPs (members of parliament) could maybe, take them to
Parliament. Otherwise, they will merely be reports,” she said at a press conference here today after attending the ‘Suhakam with the Communities’ roadshow which was also attended by Suhakam commissioner James Nayagam.
Nayagam said Suhakam constantly worked with government agencies, including immigration, police and prisons to promote and provide exposure to human rights issues. — Bernama