No more handcuffs unless there is fear detainees will escape, says MACC

Suspects are brought to court in handcuffs and dressed in the orang MACC lock-up uniform. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) will no longer use handcuffs on suspects unless there is a danger of aggressive behaviour.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya announced the new rule, alongside an end to the practice of bringing suspects to court in the commission’s orange lock-up uniform.

“This is in line with the presumption of innocence and Article 5(1) of the Federal Constitution,” she said today.

“While MACC is uncompromising in eradicating corruption, in doing so we will at all times uphold the rule of law.”

In 2017, MACC came under criticism over its practice of producing graft suspects in court clad in the commission’s orange lock-up suit.

Among the critics were rights lawyer N Surendran, who said it was a violation of prison regulations, civil as well as constitutional rights.

Then-chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad however defended the practice.

Among the high-profile suspects who were brought to court clad in the orange suit were former Felda chairman Isa Samad and Penang exco Phee Boon Poh.