Red Book – The Police and Your Basic Rights in Malaysia

Know Your Rights

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:

Red Book – The Police and your Basic Rights (ENGLISH)

Red Book – The Police and your Basic Rights (CHINESE)

Red Book – The Police and Your Basic Rights (MALAY)

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.




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16 Responses to Red Book – The Police and Your Basic Rights in Malaysia

  1. TITOKI May 9, 2006 at 2:27 pm #

    Your blog is more informative than The Star wei… 🙂

  2. KY May 9, 2006 at 4:17 pm #

    TITOKI: that’s cos reporters from The Star, like eyeris, has been hanging out at the wrong bars.

  3. FireAngel May 9, 2006 at 5:15 pm #

    fuck the local papers lah i tell you. read

  4. luzzio May 9, 2006 at 5:57 pm #

    The Newspaper is sorta controlled by the gov already.

    The smarter people get about rights the harder it’ll be for them to keep in control =p

  5. meekie May 9, 2006 at 7:44 pm #

    thanks ST! I won’t even bother to find out abt the redbook if you didn’t blog about it.

    appreciate ur links for multilingual versions.


  6. howsy May 9, 2006 at 8:31 pm #

    What is Nazri ‘Chameleon’ Aziz doing there, btw?

    Kejap ‘support Teresa Kok’, kejap ‘Islam hater’.

    Can we trust this bloke at all?

    Yeah, Kenny should get this book; the police trying to ask for bribe from him might not be on duty after all. He could have saved his watever bucks!

  7. vss3t May 9, 2006 at 9:09 pm #

    thanks for your useful info!
    spreading the news to my family!

  8. Dana May 9, 2006 at 9:36 pm #

    Yeah, I was just about to say, what is that Nazri fellow doing there? What does he knows about human right when he recently remarked that Suhakam is a tiger with no teeth nor claws.

  9. Steffy1811 May 10, 2006 at 2:02 am #

    Hmm why the RED book? Looks like Mao Tze Thung Communist book. ^_^ Anyway, I think it is a good idea that the govn is finally doing something visible to the public eye to clean up the police image and also inform the people about their rights. Well sad enough, I do know friends who were detained and never knew they had a right to one phone call.
    On the other hand, I do hope to one day look up to a Malaysian police officer with some respect and to a small extent of fear like how I look up to an American police officer; where I should not be worrying about how much I should ‘pay’ them when stopped but rather, concentrating on putting my best behavior forward to avoid a second charge.

  10. erizabesu May 10, 2006 at 12:48 pm #

    hmm…i downloaded the red books and emailed it to my sis, my father, my mother, my frens, my relatives, my colleagues….


  11. Thank you May 10, 2006 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi.. ST.. Thanks for your info…
    As erizabesu said…
    I’ll email to everyone I know..

  12. Lowzeewee May 13, 2006 at 11:06 pm #

    The Little Red book of Maolaysia

  13. Palmdoc May 14, 2006 at 2:22 pm #

    Thanks for the heads-up. This one is a keeper – as a PDF in my PDA

  14. Adrian May 16, 2006 at 5:22 pm #

    Woah…cool, now this come handy in my PDA

  15. grantley June 12, 2006 at 4:54 am #

    Very Very nice information here… Thanks

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