|Suhakam report on NCR to be ready by August|
|Tuesday, 19 June 2012 10:50am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by RUBEN SARIO
KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) wants to release a report on the National Inquiry on Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ hearing within two months.
Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said the commission wanted to ensure that the report was a cohesive one which represented the views of its panel members.
“We need to discuss matters as the panellists may have different takes on certain issues,” said Hasmy after a 10-day hearing on Saturday.
“We will try to speed up the process and if everyone more or less agrees to the report with recommendations, then maybe we can release it by July or August.
“What is important is that the result will be one that is fair,” he said, adding that he would like to prevent a situation where the panellists or experts disassociated themselves from the report.
Apart from Hasmy, other members of the panel are Suhakam commissioners Jannie Lasimbang and Muhammad Shaani Abdullah.
He said the issues raised were more or less similar to the indigenous communities that alleged land infringement or land grabbing.
“Representatives of government agencies have their own take on the issue,” Hasmy added.
He said it was not Suhakam’s intention to find fault “but if there are issues where the heavier responsibility lies on one side, we will say so”.
“Our role is to be a bridge to everyone,” Hasmy added.
Meanwhile, Hasmy said Suhakam continued to hope that its annual report would be tabled and debated in Parliament.
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