the passage of a bill to establish the Independent
Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, the crown-jewel
of the 125 recommendations of Police Royal Commission in the next
parliamentary meeting starting on June 20
Speech (2) at Buntong DAP Branch, Ipoh Barat
by Lim Kit Siang
(Ipoh, Sunday): Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is to be commended for establishing the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police in one of his first acts as the fifth Prime Minister of Malaysia, the decision to make the Royal Commission report public and his reiteration after the Cabinet meeting that he is “committed to implementing recommendations that can improve the organisation and prestige of the Royal Malaysian Police as a capable and efficient law enforcement agency for the 21st century”.
Yesterday, the Royal Commission secretary Datuk Hamzah Md Rus confirmed that the full 607-page report, including 149 pages of annexures and appendices, in Bahasa Malaysia will be released to the public tomorrow and the English version on Thursday. I will be at the commission office in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. together with DAP Members of Parliament for copies of the report.
The full Police Royal Commission report should be posted on the Internet on the Internal Security Ministry website, as in the practice in “First World” countries or ICT has not yet really arrived in Malaysia despite a decade of Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC).
Although it is premature to pass judgment on the Royal Commission Report until there is an opportunity to study it in full, the Royal Commission Chairman Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah has disclosed the crown-jewel of the Commission’s 125 recommendations, an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), which warrants attention and support.
I particularly welcome its proposal for an independent external oversight agency to resolve public complaints against the police in a fair, effective and transparent manner as this is also a proposal which I had been making, in and out of Parliament, down the years and decades, to ensure public confidence in the professionalism, efficiency, impartiality and integrity of the police.
For instance, when I congratulated Tan Sri Mohamad Bakri Omar on his appointment as the new Inspector-General of Police on November 5, 2003, I spelt out four challenging priorities before him, viz:
Dzaiddin said the Commission had drafted a bill for the establishment of the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, which is annexed to the report.
With the draft bill and Abdullah’s commitment to implement the Commission’s recommendations, the top agenda in the next 14-day parliamentary meeting from June 20 to July 12 should be the passage of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission Bill – even ahead of the other 124 recommendations if they require legislative action which is not yet ready.
* Lim Kit Siang,
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman