Some clarification, please?Posted: January 29, 2009
I previously wrote HERE that according to Charles Santiago, there were 1,535 custodial deaths between 2003-2007. I re-quote:
According to statistics revealed in Parliament last year, there were a total of 1535 custodial deaths in the country between 2003 and 2007.
This was posted on 22 Jan 2009. So “last year” in the quote above would mean 2008.
Today, I came across an article in the Malaysian Insider HERE, with the following information:
In 2007, then Internal Security Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had stated there were 106 deaths in custody between 2000 and 2006. No updated statistics have been issued since then.
The figures are completely out-of-sync.
I am not going to dwell on the figures. As far as I’m concerned, 106 deaths in custody is no better than 1535. They were deaths that weren’t supposed to happen.
What I’m concerned about is the discrepancy between the two figures. The difference is so huge, that I can only think that someone made a mistake while typing up their articles, and was not meant to mislead us.
Another point is that according to Malaysian Insider, the most updated statistic was issued in 2007. But according to Charles Santiago, his figures came from Parliament in 2008.
These two articles are completely contradictory. Putting aside the believability of these two sources and their numbers, I am completely baffled at how different these two pieces of information can be.
Is this really just a case of “typo”? Or is this the consequence of not having updated information readily available? Whichever it is, this has left me unsure and completely in the dark, which really shouldn’t be the case.