Three years ago today, Choong Soy Soy died in the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, Perak. He was admitted into the hospital after having been arrested by the police three days earlier.
Ipoh OCPD Assistant Commissioner Azisman Alias claimed that Choong Soy Soy had slipped and fallen in the toilet of the Bercham police station on 27 June 2009, where he was being detained after arrest. He was admitted to hospital when he began bleeding from the nose, and died three days later after falling into a coma. The police denied any foul play in the incident and termed it as sudden death.
Despite the requirement that all custodial deaths be investigated by inquiries conducted pursuant to Chapter XXXII of the Criminal Procedure Code, it does not appear that an inquest has been conducted into Choong Soy Soy’s death.
Every death in custody must be thoroughly and impartially investigated. Choong Soy Soy’s death must not be relegated to a mere statistic.
Based on statistics disclosed by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 156 persons died in police custody from the year 2000 until February 2011.
We express our heartfelt condolences to Choong Soy Soy’s family and friends on this anniversary of his death.