In Malaysia, police violence and deaths in custody are much-overlooked concerns, despite calls for investigation from human rights watchdogs. The numbers, and detainees and advocates behind them, show a grim, complicated picture.

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Foong Li Mei is a freelance journalist and infographic designer covering current affairs, consumer trends, culture, and food for publications across Asia. She runs a democracy at her home in Malaysia with her husband and an overexcited doggo—or at least that's what she likes them to think.