KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar calls for an urgent investigation into allegations of the existence of a cartel within the police force.
Its president AG Kalidas said they were seriously concerned by the recent allegations by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador.
"According to the statement made by the IGP, some young police officers are the masterminds behind this cartel which seeks to bring him down and control the police force for its own purposes.
"Such an allegation is shocking and seriously erodes public confidence in the police," he said in a statement Saturday (March 20).
He said the Malaysian Bar calls for an urgent investigation into Abdul Hamid's assertions through the establishment of an independent Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI).
"A transparent and independent investigation has to be instituted without delay to determine the veracity of Abdul Hamid's worrying claims, and to ensure that the integrity of the police is preserved," he said.
Kalidas said these allegations have the unfortunate effect of casting aspersions on all members of the police, the vast majority of whom are law abiding and doing their utmost to protect life and property.
"Only an RCI will help clear the air and help restore public confidence in the many men and women in the police force.
"An allegation of manoeuvrings within the most important agency trusted to uphold law and order reignites our long-held clarion call that Malaysia needs a properly empowered, independent, and external oversight body to investigate complaints against the police force — the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)," he said.