KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 3 ― Conditions of the Ayer Molek police lockup in Johor Baru is still unsatisfactory despite some improvements since last year, the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) said today.
In a statement, commissioner Tan Sri Razali Ismail said the latest visit on January 11 this year found that the situation at the facility to be unacceptable, months after a previous visit on July 31 last year.
“Suhakam had had suggested that the lock up be closed given its poor conditions.
“We also urge the Public Works Department expedite the construction of a new facility in Larkin as the condition of Ayer Molek will continue to deteriorate if it is continued to be used,” he added.
While admitting that the quality and quantity of food made available to detainees at the site had improved due to an increase in budget from RM8 To RM9 per day, he said there had been no other improvement of conditions.
Razali also asked that the government provide an allocation in its annual budget for the upkeep of all lockup facilities in the country.
“We also call on the government to comply with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners towards improving the deplorable conditions of detention centres in Malaysia.”