PETALING JAYA: Further engagement with stakeholders on the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill will be held before it is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat this October, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong (pic).
"The government will continue to take into account the views of stakeholders so that the rights of individuals to voice their opinions will not be sidelined in the process of renewing the law, " he said in a statement Friday (Aug 16).
Liew, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of law, said that further engagement on the IPCMC will be held with associations representing senior and junior police officers including police administrative personnel.
"A final consultation session on the IPCMC with all stakeholders will be held sometime in September, " he added.
Liew said two separate engagement sessions were held on Aug 6 and 15 with relevant stakeholders after the IPCMC Bill was first tabled in Parliament for the first reading on July 18.
The two sessions, Liew said, were held with representatives from bodies such as the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam), Home Ministry and Attorney General's Chambers.
He added that the sessions also saw participation of MPs and representatives from civil society.
Among them, he said, were organisations such as Suaram, Bar Council, Lawyers for Liberty and Citizens Against Enforced Disappearance, Women’s Aid Organisation, Amnesty International, Tenaganita and the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism.
"Unfortunately, some MPs did not attend although invited to do so, " he said.
In the earlier sessions, Liew said several matters were raised on issues such as the name of the commission, its composition, appointment process, police welfare and definition of police misconduct.
On Aug 6, Liew said that views raised during the engagement sessions would be brought to the Cabinet's attention for consideration.
He said that there would still be room for amendments to be made to the IPCMC Bill before it is tabled and passed by Parliament.
Parliament will convene on Oct 7 and end on Dec 5.
The IPCMC was mooted in 2005 amid calls for an independent oversight body following complaints of police wrongdoing.