"The government spends RM10 million a year on Suhakam. RM8 million alone is spent on administration, transport, allowance and such," said MP of Subang, YB Sivarasa Rasiah.This is another sad and frustrating news to hear.
SUHAKAM is supposed to be the guardian of the rights of the people, failed to play its role because the lack of seriousness by the government in tackling human rights issue.Although it was formed under the parliament Act, it's power only to advice the government via the reports .And in most cases, the government will just ignore all those reports.
In ISA case, the SUHAKAM's 2003 annual report clearly stated that ISA should be abolished and all detainees should either be released or charged in the open court. But , until today , the government does not even try to consider , but ignore it completely. This is the best example, the way the Malaysian government treated SUHAKAMs report.
SUHAKAM knows there are ISA detainees ,whom incarcerated almost seven years in Kem Kamunting.These detainees treated like convicts though they have never been brought to the court to defend the accusations laid on their faces. SUHAKAM knows the the torture and abused done by SB to those poor detainees.And SUHAKAM is also aware the predicament of the ISA families, but nothing can be done as everything is under the control of the draconian government.
SUHAKAM is directly under the PM.This is actually the root of all problems why it is useless and failed to tackle human rights issues... Poor us Malaysian taxpayers, RM10 millions used yearly to pay the cost of the human right guardian that not worth to us at all....
Note: Datok Khalid, one of SUHAKAM's commissioners.