Monday, February 15, 2010



According to statistics revealed in parliament last year, there were a total of 1,535 custodial deaths in the country between 2003 and 2007, figures which included death from diseases like HIV/AIDS. 

Assuming that “between 2003 and 2007″ means both 2003 and 2007 inclusive, that would mean that a total of 1,535 custodial deaths occured in 5 years, averaging to about 307 custodial deaths every year.
"Is that normal?" an over-sea's Malaysian student asked.

Between 2000 and 2004, 80 persons in police custody had died, parliament was told last year. Only 39 cases of these were referred to a magistrate for inquiry and inquests were held only on six cases.

Beyond these bare facts no in-depth study has been carried out about deaths in police custody. 


This is a compelling read HERE 

AND is Malaysia vying to unseat any of these TOP TEN NOTORIOUS PRISONS?

Prisons are society’s punishment. While the theory of incarceration remains similar the world over, the methods of enforcement can change drastically. The following is a list of the 10 most notorious jails on earth; they are the worst of the worst and the lowest of the low.

Some prisons on this list are microcosms of larger problems in the country, others are created entirely to erase all hope, and still others are just festering sores that are immune to reform. Some have a history of terror that’s been addressed only to be replaced by an environment of pressure and fear, and the rest have a legacy of filth and brutality that still exists today. In the end, all of them have one thing in common: The odds are stacked against the prisoners.


Number 10

San Quentin State Prison

California, U.S.

Description: San Quentin is California’s best-known prison, and is responsible for producing some of the most infamous prison stories in the country’s history. It contains the state’s only death row and it has a gas chamber, which is now only used for lethal injections. The prison requires an immense staff of 1,548 to maintain a semblance of control, but despite that figure, they still can’t seem to provide decent health care. A 2005 report found that doctors constantly misdiagnose illnesses and operate in filthy conditions. The experts filing the report said: "We found a facility so old, antiquated, dirty, poorly staffed, poorly maintained, with inadequate medical space and equipment and overcrowded that it is our opinion that it is dangerous to house people there.”

The worst part: It doesn’t seem to matter how many guards there are, how strictly enforced the rules are or how much prison reform is done: Violence in San Quentin will forever be an issue. In 1982, a riot erupted that required 24 shotgun blasts to subjugate the uprising that resulted in the serious injuries of 22 convicts and four correctional officers. In February, 2006, 100 inmates were injured and two were killed in racially motivated attacks that resulted in a lockdown for 1,800 prisoners.

Number 9

La Sabaneta prison

Venezuela, South America

Description: In the Venezuelan prison system, there are 25,000 prisoners housed in facilities designed for about 15,000; and with roughly one-third of Venezuela’s population below the poverty line, jails like Sabaneta are stuffed. Some prisoners are forced to sleep in hammocks strung up in narrow pipe-access corridors, while the corruption of the system allows inmates with more power and money to attain rooms with more space. Combine this with an understaffed guard detail of about one guard to every 150 inmates, and you have a prison in desperate need of reforming.

The worst part: There are countless violent incidents. One of the most frightening was the death of 108 prisoners as a result of a fierce gun battle in January, 1994, and the level of violence has hardly decreased. The killings were indeed one of the most vicious and tragic in the country’s history, but it’s a common trend: In 1995 alone, an astounding 196 prisoners were killed and 624 were wounded as a result of jail violence.

We have all heard something about the Turkish prison system, find out why…


Number 8 

Diyarbakir prison

Diyarbakir, Turkey

Description: Turkish prisons certainly have a shady past, to say the least, and Diyarbakir is no exception. From incarcerating children for lifelong sentences to overcrowding to sewage-flooded hallways, the prison redefines fear and hatred.

There is no love lost between guards and prisoners, but a 1996 incident hints at a brutal authoritarian rule that leaves no inmate safe. In what one prisoner described as, “a planned massacre,” an attack on 33 prisoners resulted in 10 dead and 23 injured, nine of which were left in critical condition. An investigation revealed a startling possibility that the guards masterminded the attack, which featured guards and police in full riot gear and equipped with batons and truncheons. They severely beat the prisoners.

The worst part: It’s clear that the inmates have few rights. There is a large population of political prisoners, therefore “certain people” actually get all their basic rights reversed. So, instead of being provided with health care, visits and access to cultural and sports facilities, these rights are taken away and prisoners are held in abeyance. The Turkish government hopes to banish this kind of cruel treatment, but so far everything seems stuck in a “waiting period.”

Number 7

Mendoza prison

Argentina, South America

Description: There have been 22 deaths in this prison between February 2004 and November 2005, and the causes for these deaths “have yet to be ascertained.” The prison has a chronic overcrowding problem, housing 1,600 inmates in facilities designed for only 600. The prisoners typically sleep on the floor, are subject to prolonged and frequent lock-downs and they are frequently tortured.

The worst part: The living conditions are a nightmare. Virginia Shoppee, an Amnesty International researcher said, “People imprisoned in Mendoza are in such a desperate situation that they have gone as far as to sew their mouths up in demand of better living conditions.” Journalist Marcela Valente reported: “Up to five prisoners sleep on the floor without mattresses in 4 square-meter cells. They defecate in plastic bags and urinate in bottles. The corridors, littered with several days' worth of garbage, are often flooded by sewage.”

Number 6

Rikers Island

New York, U.S.

Description: The saga of Rikers spans from brutal notoriety in the 1990s to the current state of the prison, which is essentially an impenetrable fortress. Many inmates have said that Rikers is worse than the roughest NY streets.

Prisoner violence is legendary. One account from John Reyes, a guard in 1991, mentions numerous bloody beatings and even murders. Reyes said that a day did not go by that he wasn’t afraid. Due to these circumstances, Rikers has seen a ton of recent reform, and it is now quite possibly the strictest prison in the country. Huge SWAT teams crack down on riots, search cells on a daily basis to confiscate hundreds of makeshift weapons, and reinforce a super-tough Gang Intelligence Unit. In the past, an inmate wasn’t charged with a crime if he attacked another inmate or a guard, but he is now. These changes have helped drop 1,000 stabbings a year to around 70.

The worst part: The legacy of violence will forever haunt Rikers, but the No. 1 issue now is that the place destroys your spirit. The system is one of fierce organization, but the environment strains for chaos, and the two forces are pitted against each other. You feel inclined to protect yourself, but if you’re caught with a shank, you receive more time. Maynard Archer, who has served time in Rikers five times since 1988, says, “They don’t use pepper spray… they use sticks and the threat of fear.”

Number 5

Nairobi Prison

Kenya, Africa

Description: It’s maybe the most congested prison in Kenya, with 3,800 prisoners inhabiting a prison designed for only 800. Added to that, 250 short-term prisoners are confined to a room designed for 50. They lack everything from mattresses to decent medical assistance to clothing -- many inmates are nearly naked and are constantly sweating from the heat and overpopulation. The prison is home to nationals of other countries as well, and Nigerian prisoner Colin Alexander states, “We are surviving by the grace of God. I don’t think any human being can survive here.”

The worst part: This kind of overcrowding leads to a lack of proper medical attention, sustenance and general assistance. It also turns the prison into a breeding ground for countless diseases, and the unsanitary conditions only magnify the problem. The prison is finally catching a break after the end of former President Moi’s rule.


Number 4

Tadmor military prison

Syria, Asia

Description: Syrian poet, and five-year inmate, Faraj Beraqdar, described Tadmor military prison as, “The kingdom of death and madness.” Tadmor is known for its outrageous torture, its executions and for one of the biggest prison massacres in world history. On June 27, 1980, commando forces from the Defense Brigades savagely murdered an estimated 500 prisoners. One day, after a failed assassination attempt on Damascus President Hafez al-Asad, the commandos arrived at the jail via helicopter and proceeded to kill the inmates in their dormitories.

The worst part: In a word -- torture. The methods used are medieval in nature: Some inmates were killed by the sharp end of an ax and cut into parts, others were roped and dragged to death and still others were brutally beaten by metal pipes. These torture victims consisted of both the guilty and the innocent, and were often randomly selected.


Number 3

When we think of France, we usually think of wine, cheese and culture, but La Sante reflects the seedy underbelly…

La Sante prison

Paris, France

Description: You know that you’re in a bad place when you get so depressed or insane that you begin swallowing drain cleaner and rat poison to escape. With 124 suicides in 1999 -- compared to 24 in California’s jail population of 160,000 -- La Sante has remained a place of violence, depravity, and brutality, where the weaker prisoners are often turned into slaves. Inmates only spend four hours a day outside of their cells and those with prison-jobs usually work in their cells, which are only 30 square feet with tiny peepholes in the solid metal doors.

The worst part: According to Dr. Veronique Vasseur, a prison doctor, there have been numerous instances of intense abuse. Dozens of inmates are affected with skin disease due to having access to only two showers per week. The guards have kept prisoners with lung disease in poorly ventilated cells that are next to humid laundry rooms. There’s an instance where eight guards tried to hold a prisoner to administer a shot, and when he retaliated, he injured several guards. He was thrown into the punishment block and, 15 days later, he was found severely dehydrated because the guards had cut off the water pipes to his cell.


Number 2

Administrative Maximum Unit Prison (ADX)

Colorado, U.S.

Description: ADX was designed to replace Alcatraz  in 1963, and when it opened in 1994 it took imprisonment  to a whole new level. The prison strictly enforces repressive techniques of isolation and sensory deprivation. Those incarcerated are only allowed out of their cells for 9 hours each week, and all prisoners are required to eat, sleep and defecate in their cells. They even go so far as to severely limit the amount of sunlight and artificial light received by inmates, and it’s described as being locked in your bathroom for 22 hours a day.

The worst part:
There is almost complete and total lack of human interaction. The steel and cement cages effectively destroy any possibility of communication between the prisoners, and even contact with guards is extremely limited. "These guys will never be out of their cells, much less in the yard," says Russ Martin, the Florence prison project manager. Oscar Lopez Rivera, a prisoner of war, states, "Isolation is perfected here, both in the structure of the cell and in the very limited communication. People don't realize the value of human intercourse until it's denied."


Number 1

If you travel to Brazil, you may want to stay away from any trouble in the streets…

Carandiru Penitentiary

Brazil, South America

If you’re looking for hell on earth, look no further than this god-forsaken hole of a prison. Carandiru is the home of the country’s worst prison massacre: 102 inmates were shot dead in 1992. The prison is plagued with atrocious health problems that are almost too horrid to describe. Almost one of every five inmates in the prison's health wing has been diagnosed with HIV, and prisoners are often denied “luxuries” such as anaesthetics for surgery. It has been reported that even the medical director for the jail hasn’t set foot inside the facility in years. As always, there are cries for help, but nothing has changed to combat the terrible conditions. Also, severe torture is very likely not just a rumor, since reports claim that it is on the decline.

The worst part: Like many terrible prisons, Carandiru is overcrowded; however, when you are at double the capacity, you have a very unstable situation. Walter Erwin Hoffgen, the House of Detention Director, has said: "Of course I don't have control of the situation. It would be ridiculous to say I did. The prison has 7,500 inmates and only about 1,000 prison officers, divided into four shifts."

What’s worse -- and perhaps even more shocking -- is the lack of public outcry; most civilians are completely indifferent.


Anak Anwar Permatang Pauh said...

So US prisons, French prisons are the list, so what the heck you are talking about. Stop complaining.

zorro said...

anak anwar.....go back to where you belong....your mothers are not ready for the real world....take your time ok? Anyway we are bot waiting for you.

Anonymous said...

oh!!my tears kept rolling,cant go on reading lets get started count me in.

Anonymous said...


You made a statement. Now where are your plans? Where are your actions?

Anonymous said...

Let's put one more in:

Dalam kejadian pukul 11.50 malam itu, ADUN Sekinchan, Ng Suee Lim yang memandu kereta jenis Nissan X-Trail telah melanggar Mohamad Bakri yang menunggang motosikal jenis Yamaha SRE.

And he was drunk!!!!

Are we looking for a by-election???

Btw, Raja Azman wasn't tortured in lock-up.
Where u get this info ? Was he "susceptible to anal sex"?

And how do you intend to get this guy out?
Candle light vigil again?

Why don't you investigate yourself, first hand.

You think the police want to get themselve into trouble with rpk son?

Show some proof first. Real proof!
Showing tears of blood from your eyes is not proof.
It's bad acting.

Anonymous said...

But didn't RPK claim Raja Azman is no longer his son? That boy was out of control that even the father did not want to claim him as his son.

Perhaps others care more than the parents?


Anonymous said...; You saved my day again.

zorro said...

Anon1101am asked "And how do you intend to get this guy out?
Candle light vigil again?"

Don't for a moment presume that we will tell you the hide as la to trust with our plans.However you can carry on with your wont snuff out our candles. Gotcha!

Anonymous said...


I must praised you for you wittiness in responding to those Anons who are actually "wolves in sheep's clothing". For all you know, they are sent by the PDRM or BN.

I support your wish to get Raja Azman out. Once your plan is ready to be shared, let us know. I will be more than happy to contribute monetarily to help pay for his integration into society again.

Many Thanks, Uncle Zorro for your kind heart.

You have no evil bones whereas those Anons are evil to the core.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family.


zorro said...

Siebel, thanks.Will let you know. Are you relate to either Norman or Fay? A true-blue sports journalist and an exceptional sportswoman.

Fairness said...

This old man is a joke.
He wants the robber to be freed.
Just because that bloke is RPK's son.
Going by his logic, all robbers should be released.
Hoi, that man did himself in. He wanted to be a statistic.
He craved attention just like the Royal Pain in the Konek!

Anonymous said...

Zorro said, ...Don't for a moment presume that we will tell you the hide as la to trust with our plans.However you can carry on with your wont snuff out our candles. Gotcha!...

If you do not want to share, does that mean you're trying something sneaky? Or are you planning a prison break?

You're not anything like that Mexican comic legend, jumping and breaking prison walls.

If it's thru some legal ways, say so lah! That one also want to keep as secret. How cunning can it be?

You think the police or the public really care about this petty convict? He'll be back in lock-up in no time. They always do. Especially those disowned by their families, or from broken homes.

And you will keep posting about it, again & again!!!

kamal B said...

Wow ! this is great. outside, u guys complain about the increase of crime to try and paint a bad picture on the IGP and hold him accountable for the raising crime rate, and on the other hand you want to free a proven criminal..
A criminal that his own parents didnt want anything to do with and disowned him many years ago.
A criminal who was caught with the stolen goods in his hands , red handed!

This is PR? anything to just go against the ruling government right? Even if it means rallying for the freedom of a thief / drug addict.

Good, keep it up! because one by one your problems are mushrooming up and the nation sees you crumbling by the day.
Few days ago, it was an apology for bad candidates, now what other stunt are u trying to pull here?.. this should be real entertaining, seeing the stupid acts of desperation.. LOLLLLLLLL

too funny! keep it up PR, this fence sitter needs the entertainment.

Anonymous said...


Where are all your supporters?
All drunk? Too much "yam seng".
Maybe you too was drunk when you posted this. No one who is sane would want to get a criminal out of lock-up. Please get your priorities right, Senor or you will be the laughing stock of the people.

p.s. Gong Xi Fatt Chai.

Anonymous said...

Anon 11.05,
Obvious act of desperation when they use a criminal as their political pawn.

Lets all support "free the petty thief campaign"

Out of ideas la these clowns. What u expect? now with the exodus of those who lost confidence of PR's leadership and problems coming to the surface in this marriage of convenience, you would expect such silly moves out of desperados..

zorro said...

This blog welcomes the above cub-reporters. Dang! Me, organising a prison-break? Am I that good or you guys need some rectal relaxant?

zorro said...

Anon1105....dang, yes we all got drunk but with our own money.....we did not steal, nor cheat, nor extort....we used clean money. You can match that? Our supporters are low-key unlike Ibrahim Ali's. We don't cry over rights because of doubts about those rights.

Anonymous said...

To the MEANIE ANON, Raja Azman is a drug addict and needs help to get him back to the folds of society. If our Minister (no less) can moan about rehablitating a 'bomb murderer' who was repatriated from Indonesia, I don't see why we cannot take care of Raja Azman. His addiction has driven him to petty theft (not claiming innocent lives) and I know of many whom, with much love and refocussing, have successfully
become gainful citizens of this country.
This issue has brought much pain to his family. Those good people who want to reach out to help,
he will need some financial
help for his rehab stay. I think it is about $700 basic mthly.

RPK has not only put himself on the line EACH & EVERY TIME he reveals BN's dirty secrets, his family also suffers as a result.
The fact that he is RPK's son already signals him for 'special' brutal treatment and mind games. RPK understands his son has to be colatteral damage as they try to smoke him out. Mom Marina only knows she wants her son
away from those Gestapos asap but Raja Azman needs quality rehab the moment he gets bail. Let us all render whatever we can for this family.

zorro said...

Anon626. SPOT ON! Thanks & God's blessing.

Anonymous said...

Senor you wrote "dang, yes we all got drunk but with our own money.....we did not steal, nor cheat, nor extort....we used clean money"

Yeah!... sponsored money from RPK?... and we (me and you) knew what (repeat what not who) RPK really is.

Anonymous said...

Ai Yo! Ai Yo! ZORRO. I think for 3
days you did not sweep BN's Carpet.Saya

Anonymous said...

how come this SHIT continue talking Shit! oh.... its Arnifart from Zorro Fart Chamber.

Everyone gets a fair trial in Malaysia, says AnifahFeb 18, 10 7:57pmMalaysia's judiciary operates according to the legal standards of any other fully developed country, requiring that every person in Malaysia receives a fair trial, regardless of any other factor, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said today.

Anonymous said...

In Australia, government can interfere court rulings. I guess that's where the origins of kanggaroo court.

Anonymous said...

if you are a drug addict you will do anything to when you dont get "that thing"..and sadly Raja Azman IS a DRUG ADDICT...

Please dont waste people time when HIS FATHER also dont want to waste his time for HIS SON!!!