Is there any provision of law for special treatment of certain prisoners?

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Treat everyone equally.

Malaysia follows the British parliamentary system having gained independence from the United Kingdom back in 1957.

Therefore, we adhere strictly to the doctrines of Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law which clearly states that no one is above the law.

This applies to everyone, because we are all equal before the law and should be treated likewise.

This brings to question something which is on the minds of many Malaysians and should be rightfully clarified by the relevant authorities.

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Why is it that Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak is seen travelling in a luxury SUV, dressed in a suit and never handcuffed when brought to court?

Many are curious if there is some special provision in the law for former ministers or something laymen are unaware of.

To us, we feel strongly that everyone must be treated equally before the law – whether a minister convicted of high-level crimes or someone who committed a petty crime.

How come a single mother who stole a loaf of bread to feed her poor family is brought to court in lock-up attire and handcuffs and this cannot be applied across the board?

Treat everyone equally – we are all Malaysians and should be treated the same way – in good or bad times.

The views expressed here are strictly those of Shaid Umar Syed Alwi from Pulau Pinang.