Liew: Proposal to limit PM's powers within IPCMC to be brought to Cabinet

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  • Tuesday, 06 Aug 2019

PUTRAJAYA: The suggestion to limit the Prime Minister's powers within the proposed Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will be brought to Cabinet, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said changes could still be made as the IPCMC Bill has only been tabled for its first reading in the Dewan Rakyat, .

"We can always amend it during the second or third committee stage, if need be.

"There are some proposals to take away the power of the prime minister from the IPCMC and to give it to the Commission.

"These include the power to determine the composition of the Commission, the appointment of the Commissioner and more.

"These requests are policy direction matters which I need to refer to the Cabinet, " said Liew at a press conference here.

Liew earlier attended an engagement session on the IPCMC Bill with the Malaysian Bar, members of civil societies as well as Government and Opposition MPs.

The de facto law minister said the feedback was positive and that many had expressed their appreciation for the police force.

"There is a lot of concern shown towards the IPCMC, which is good. Everyone wants to ensure the police can be there to look after our safety, and at the same time are free of misconduct, " he said, adding that all recommendations will be taken into consideration.

The next Parliament session will begin on Oct 7 and will end on Dec 5.

Liew said the second reading of the IPCMC Bill is likely to be set for the first week as the Budget 2020 tabling is scheduled for the second week.

"Then we have another 10 days or so before the end of the session, so we have time there as well, " he said.

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