No more ‘police state’ image

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 May 2019

PETALING JAYA: The police force’s agreement to have independent oversight will contribute significantly to the restoration of Malaysians’ confidence in the law enforcement agency, said the G25.

Congratulating Inspector-Gene-ral of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador on securing his agency’s acceptance of the Inde­pendent Police Complaints and Misconduct Com­mission (IPCMC), the group said the move would benefit Malaysia’s global standing.

“By stepping forward to support this important institutional reform, the IGP has given New Malaysia a shot in the arm.

“We believe that with the IPCMC, Malaysia will no longer be viewed as a police state.

“It will instead be viewed favourably for its transparency and accountability, giving our country a good name,” the group said in a statement yesterday.

G25 said the commission would also benefit the police, whose standing had been battered by issues such as custodial deaths, the Wang Kelian people smuggling scandal and corruption.

The police had also been suspected of collusion with religious authorities to silence dissenters and engaging in moral policing, all of which the G25 said had fuelled negative views of the police as impartial in the “politics of race, religion and royalty”.

G25 voiced confidence that those chosen to serve on the commission would be honourable and not engage in witch hunts among the police force.

“We are now in New Malaysia. We look forward to the IGP leading the police in making our hopes for a better country come true, by giving his full support for the functioning of the IPCMC.”

On Friday, the IGP disclosed that the police were now agreeable to the IPCMC.

The IPCMC is a police oversight body first proposed by a Royal Commission of Inquiry to improve the police force in 2005, following a spate of deaths in custody.

The establishment of the IPCMC was among the pledges in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto for the 14th general election.


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