Lorry driver Agin Raj Sunmarkkan Naidu, 29, who was detained for suspected drug addiction, is the latest person to die in custody.
He was reportedly detained on 2 June and remanded for four days at the Bandar Perda police lock-up.
He was admitted to hospital on 5 June after suffering from fits.
He was charged with the theft of steel objects on 6 June, while he was in hospital, in the presence of a magistrate and interpreter. Bail was set for RM8000, but the family was unable to raise the amount nor did they have the time to find a lawyer.
He died on 7 June.
It is reportedly the seventh death in custody in six months in Penang.
And this is the third time in recent months that the Bandar Perda lock-up is being mentioned in such a case. Two earlier incidents in March and April 2014 were highlighted in a Suaram memorandum.
How many more deaths will it take before the government calls the Home Ministry to account?
Something is very wrong when people continue to die in custody i.e., under state care and control, says Prema Devaraj in a recent article for Aliran.