That is a average of about 4 persons every 5 days, that is a shameful and most damning statistic.
Do prisoners not get any health care and are they denied proper medical treatment in Malaysia? Going by these statistics, it certainly looks like that is the case!
A total of 2,571 prisoners died while being held in Malaysia's prisons, rehabilitation centres and illegal immigrant detention depots during the nine years between 1999 and 2008, Malaysia's Home Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Albar said in an answer he gave in parliament recently.
The causes of death included HIV/AIDS, septicaemia, tuberculosis, cancer, heart and blood diseases and asthma.
He said some detainees also died due to suicides and fights.
A total of 153 persoms died while in police custody during the same period, he told opposition MP Liew Chin Tong (DAP – Bukit Bendera) in a written reply. (It is unclear if these 153 are in addition to, or included in the figure of 2,571 people given earlier.
Is is also a reported fact that some detainees died as a result of assaults by the police whilst in custody, but presumably the minister conveniently omitted this information.
Diligite justitiam, o judices terrae
Cherish justice, o judges of the earth