KUALA LUMPUR: The government is set to table a Bill in Parliament to set up the long awaited Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
“The government is finalising the draft Bill for the IPCMC which is expected to be tabled during the current Parliament meeting this July,” the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said in a written reply in Parliament on Tuesday (July 2).
Liew, who is in the minister in charge of law, said approval for the draft Bill is expected to be given by the Cabinet during its meeting later this week.
He was answering a question by Datuk Halimah Mohamed Sadique (BN-Kota Tinggi) on when the IPCMC Bill would be tabled in Parliament.
Halimah said that the Bill was supposed to have been tabled in March but was deferred.
To a question by Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said (BN-Pengerang), Liew said the government had consulted with relevant stakeholders including the police when drafting the Bill.
He said that the IPCMC would function differently from the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).
The EAIC was set up under the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Act 2009 and came into force in 2011 with the main function of receiving complaints of misconduct from the public against enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies in general.
“The IPCMC will give specific attention to issues of wrongdoings and the integrity of police personnel and officers.
“The IPCMC will work closely with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to tackle corruption and abuse of power,” Liew said.
Last September, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the IPCMC would replace the EAIC.
The IPCMC is an oversight body proposed by the Royal Commission of Inquiry in 2005 to improve the police force following a spate of deaths in custody.