Suhakam: We’re not biased

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) refers to some media reports and would like to refute the claims by some parties that the Commission has been biased in dealing with the sodomy case of the opposition leader where application was made by Mr Azlan Mohd Lazim for the Commission to look into the possibilities of the hearing involving his son being postponed.

For information, the Commission has received the letter recently and the matter was examined and discussed in detail in the Commission Meeting on 16 August 2011.

Although the functions and powers of the Commission are to investigate any complaints relating to alleged human rights violations, but the functions and powers of the Commission are subject to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999 (Act 597).

The third part of section 12 (2) (a) of Act 597 has stated clearly that the Commission shall not investigate any complaints which are the subject of any proceedings pending in any court, including any appeal.

However, the Commission has informed the Honourable Chief Justice to look into the said.

Nevertheless, the Commission will continue to monitor the progress of this case.