More than 60 lawyers and representatives from NGOs, the US Embassy and the press gathered at the Bar Council Auditorium this morning, all for a very noble cause, to witness the birth of a Red Book or Buku Merah known as “Polis Dan Hak-Hak Asas Anda”.
The malaysian bar council recently launched a publication titled “Red Book – Police and your Basic Rights”.
It contains information on your rights if/when you are stopped, arrested or questioned by the police and informs you on what you can or cannot do. It’s very informative on how to deal with the police (plain clothes or uniformed).
You can download both the English and Chinese versions here:
It contains information such as colour schemes for police authority cards (blue is inspector or above, yellow below, white reserve and red suspended)
There’s more information at the Malaysian Bar including the full version in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Chinese and Tamil.
I think everyone should know about this resource and read it through once, so do let your friends know they have rights, and they should exercise them. Don’t be afraid of the Police.
It is indeed unforunate when people are ignorant of their basic human rights.
It is sad too that The Star, The Sun and The NST did not fully report the launch of this booklet (I hear the NST reported it, but only for KL region). The others bear no mention at all of the Red Book.
You can read about the Launch of the Red Book here.