Published: Sunday September 9, 2012 MYT 6:55:00 PM
Hisham: Cops may review cuffing of people who surrender themselves
TANJONG KARANG: The Home Ministry is prepared to review the Royal Malaysian Police's (PDRM) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) concerning the arrest of individuals who surrender themselves to the police.
However, its minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, said the matter must be discussed with the PDRM first.
The minister said that in response to the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Senator Gan Ping Sieu's remarks on the girl who was handcuffed by the police when she came to surrender herself after being accused of stepping on photographs of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The MCA senator also called on the police to review the SOP concerning the arrest of individuals, especially women, teenagers and non-violent suspects, who surrendered themselves.
Commenting further, Hishammuddin said the police had adhered to the stipulated SOP when arresting the girl.
On another development, Hishammuddin said the ministry was confident that the exchange of convicts with neighbouring countries, especially Indonesia, to tackle the issue of congestion in prison would be well managed.
He said the effort would not only reduce the number of foreign inmates in the country, but also enable Malaysian nationals who were convicted abroad to serve their time in local prisons. - Bernama