KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Leader Lim Kit Siang welcomed the police move to immediately stop nude ear squats.
“It is late but better late than never,” he said yesterday.
He was commenting on Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Musa Hassan's statement that the practice would be stopped.
Lim said he wanted to see how the police would implement the commission's recommendations to ensure greater sensitivity towards human rights and transparency.
He said what was more important was the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, recommended by last year's Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police.
Earlier, Lim welcomed the report.
He said it was an indictment of police leadership, noting that the new report, which came seven months after last year's Royal Commission had submitted its report, had not found any significant move towards creating a new police culture.
“We hope the Cabinet will take a strong stand on Wednesday (tomorrow) so that there will be an unwavering commitment to a more effective, responsibility-driven and human rights-sensitive police service,” he said.
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who went public with the video clip of a nude woman doing ear squats in a police lock-up, expressed satisfaction over the commission's work but questioned whether the recommendations would be adopted by police.
“I appreciate the work of the commission but there are still a lot of shortcomings in the standard operating procedure relating to practices in police lock-ups,” she said.
For instance, she said, male policemen were not allowed to enter women's lock-ups but they still did.
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