Malaysia: Cellphone video captures police excess

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Regions: Malaysia

Tags: Business, Development, Economics, Ethnicity, Governance, History, Human Rights, Law, phone camera, Protest, street, Weblog

This video contains graphic footage of human rights abuses

When the Malaysian police started accepting crime reports sent in by members of the public from their cellphones, little did they expect that their own misdemeanours would one day be caught in the frame.

Malaysians have had to put up with police corruption and misconduct as a part of everyday life. But now blogs and video cellphones have given Malaysians who are exasperated by the lack of action against the police a new and very public outlet. A new Malaysian blog - Polis Raja Di Malaysia (or “Royal Malaysian Police”) - aims to pull together footage documenting police misconduct from video-sharing sites like YouTube and GoogleVideo. The blog promotes itself with the strapline “Police should fight crime, not fight the people”. Cellphone videos on YouTube range, for example, from footage and photomontages of the police breaking up protests to a police officer firing into the air unprovoked while breaking up a fight - as seen below.

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