PUTRAJAYA: The Independent Police Complaints Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) looks set to be a reality, following positive discussions between the police and the National Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC).
GIACC director-general Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed (pic) chaired a meeting with more than 20 police representatives, including Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, to listen to and address concerns regarding the establishment of the commission.
"We had heart-to-heart talks on things that the police are concerned about.
"To sum it up, the discussion has been very positive. In principle, there is no objection to the setting up of the IPCMC and we have the support of the police," said Abu Kassim, at a press conference after the one-hour long meeting here Friday (May 10).
Abdul Hamid said he was satisfied with the explanations during the discussions.
"Senior police officers representing different departments and associations within the police force were given enough opportunity at the meeting to present their views, and whatever concerns they have.
"Every view that was raised was answered clearly and satisfactorily.
"One of the concerns was that the police would lose their authority, but Abu Kassim has convinced us that this would not happen if the IPCMC is set up," said Abdul Hamid.
He added that the setting up of the IPCMC would ensure that integrity would always be upheld and prioritised.
Abu Kassim said another technical meeting would be held in a week's time to finalise the Cabinet paper, before it can be presented to Cabinet.
"Perhaps in two weeks or after Hari Raya, we can present the paper to the Cabinet for approval. We are positive the IPCMC could be set up by this year," he said.
The IPCMC is a police oversight body that investigates police misconduct.
Recently-retired Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun recently said the police were against the move to set up the IPCMC.
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