Emergency public consultation
on Monday night on the stand that MPs should take on the fraudulent IPCMC
Bill which will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday or Wednesday
by Lim Kit Siang
I am convening an emergency
public consultation in Kuala Lumpur on Monday night on the stand that
Members of Parliament should take on the fraudulent Independent Police
Complaints and Misconduct Bill (IPCMC) which will be debated in Parliament
on Tuesday or Wednesday – the last day of the 46-day sitting of the
current parliamentary meeting.
I regret that time is so short with only two days to convene such a public
consultation when there should be a series of such public consultations in
various parts of the country in view of the importance of the proposed
legislation based on the most important recommendation of the Royal Police
Commission to create an efficient, incorruptible, accountable,
professional world-class police service with three core functions – to
keep crime low, to eradicate corruption in the police and to protect human
The Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill was tabled for first reading
in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday and will be debated for passage on Tuesday
or Wednesday before the adjournment of Parliament until next March.
The SCC Bill admitted in its explanatory statement that its genesis came
from the IPCMC proposal - “This Bill is introduced as a result of the
recommendations made by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and
Management of the Royal Malaysian Police and it is intended to cover not
only the police officers but also all enforcement officers at the Federal
Most unfortunately however, the SCC is a completely different animal from
the one conceived and recommended by the IPCMC – in fact it makes a total
mockery of the IPCMC proposal as to warrant the SCC Bill to be billed as a
fraudulent IPCMC Bill.
The whole ration d’etre for the IPCMC proposal, the most important of its
125 recommendations for police reform, was spelt out by the Royal Police
Commission in Chapter 6 its Report on “Modernise the Role, Functions and
Organisations of the Royal Malaysia Police” (p. 189), viz:
“One effective means of
ensuring that doctrines, laws, rules and procedures are observed and
implemented is by the establishment of an external oversight body. This
method has been adopted by many modern policing systems whose experience
has been that internal mechanisms alone are inadequate, unreliable and
frequently ineffective. Police culture is often inward-looking and closed
and mindsets are usually resistant to change. Changes in leadership can
also lead to changes in commitment to service excellence, discipline and
performance. Society cannot therefore rely on internal mechanisms alone to
ensure PDRM effectively implements and abides by rules and regulations.
The establishment of an external oversight agency for PDRM would be a
profoundly important development in the governance of this important
organization. It will mark a quantum step forward in enhancing
accountability and help restore and sustain the confidence of the people
and the private sector in PDRM.”
The SCC Bill however has made
complete nonsense of the Royal Police Commission’s proposal for an
independent external oversight mechanism by proposing that one of the
three permanent members of the SCC should be none other than the
Inspector-General of Police – when the Royal Police Commission had gone
out of the way to specifically propose that no serving or former members
of the police force should be appointed Commissioners of IPCMC!
Whether the Royal Police Commission’s idea and proposal for an independent
external oversight mechanism to curb police abuses and misconduct should
be expanded to include all other national enforcement agencies is a matter
for debate but what is unacceptable and most objectionable is the
corruption of the concept of an independent oversight commission by the
inclusion of the Inspector-General of Police as one of the permanent
With the IGP as a permanent commissioner, all notions of “independent,
external oversight mechanism” are repudiated and rejected - why it is no
exaggeration to describe the SCC Bill as a fraudulent IPCMC Bill.
Two other major subversions of the IPCMC proposal of the Royal Police
• Removal and omission of
“corruption” of police force from the ambit and terms of reference of the
SCC, completely contrary to the intentions of the Royal Police Commission
which had highlighted the function to “prevent, detect and investigate
corruption and other serious misconduct in PDRM” as a major challenge of
• Limiting the SCC to the passive role to receive and investigate
complaints of misconduct, in contrast to the “activist” role of the IPCMC
to “initiate an investigation of its own even without receipt of a
It is ridiculous and outrageous
that the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri
Aziz should dismiss with contempt the critics of the SCC Bill as
“ignoramuses“ who did not fully understand how the country’s law
enforcement and legal system worked.
Nazri rubbished claims that the SCC was a watered-down version of the
IPCMC as proposed by the Royal Police Commission in 2005.
Nazri has given another example of speaking before thinking. He does not
seem to realize that he has in one fell swoop, dismissed Malaysians who
had reached the pinnacle of their respective profession or vocation, like
Tun Dzaiddin who was former Chief Justice and Tun Hanif Omar who was the
country’s longest-serving Inspector-General of Police, as “ignoramuses” of
the country’s enforcement and legal system.
One can disagree as to whether Dzaiddin and Hanif are the nation’s best
Chief Justice or IGP respectively, but to castigate them as “ignoramuses”
are serious reflections on the de facto Minister and the entire history
and system of governance in Malaysia.
In this case, it is Nazri who is more of an “ignoramus” than Dzaiddin, as
the former Chief Justice is clearly right when he expressed his deep
disappointment at the SCC Bill “as something entirely different from what
we recommended”. Surely Dzaiddin is the most qualified person to make such
a statement and Nazri is no position whatsoever to contract Dzaiddin on
Nazri also defended the exclusion of corruption allegations from the terms
of reference of the SCC on the ground that any wrongdoing which had an
element of corruption would be dealt with by the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA).
If so, why then is the Director-General of the ACA another permanent
Commissioner of the SCC – to ensure that corruption allegations are not
dealt with in any manner by the SCC?
The Emergency Public Consultation on what stand MPs should take on the
fraudulent IPCMC Bill when it comes up for debate on Tuesday or Wednesday
will be held at the KL-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Auditorium on
Monday, 17th December 2007 at 7.30 pm.
All the 16 Commissioners of the Royal Police Commission, including the
Chairman Dzaiddin and Deputy Chairman Hanif, are invited to the public
consultation. This open invitation also goes out to all professional
bodies and NGOs like the Bar Council, Suaram, Hakam and all Malaysians and
NGIs – individuals deeply concerned about issue of IPCMC and the creation
of a world-class professional police service in Malaysia.
As time is so short, whether in inviting speakers or participants, I hope
that this media conference announcing the emergency public consultation
will serve as an invitation to all concerned Malaysians to come together
on Monday night to give public feedback to MPs as to what stand they
should take on the fraudulent SCC Bill.
This invitation is also extended to all MPs and political parties – and I
will personally invite Nazri to the public consultation when I meet him in
Parliament on Monday.
Those who are interested in the Emergency Public Consultation can also
liaise with the DAP MPs in the Federal Territory, Dr. Tan Seng Giaw (Kepong),
Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang), Tan Kok Wai (Cheras), Teresa Kok (Seputeh)
or with Lau Weng San – 016 3231563.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman