EAIC to study custodial deaths

PUTRAJAYA: There will be a comprehensive study on the issue of deaths in custody as well as recommending long-term solutions to eliminate the problem or at least reduce the incidence.

Chairman of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan, said the study would be led by EAIC deputy chairman and former Federal Court judge Tan Sri Zainun Ali.

He said that it was part of EAIC’s steps in studying issues that plagued enforcement agencies.

“EAIC will mobilise collaboration with stakeholders from public service agencies as well as NGOs to ensure that the voice and wishes of every organisation are taken into account, ” said Mohd Sidek in his speech at the EAIC’s 10th anniversary and 2020 EAIC’s excellence service awards here yesterday.

The former chief secretary to the government said that since the establishment of the EAIC on April 1,2011, the commission had received 5,237 complaints against various enforcement agencies, with 4,483 complaint files opened.

For this year, a total of 326 complaints were received and 274 complaint files opened.

He also said that the level of integrity among civil servants seemed to be improving, with the strengthening of smart collaboration between the EAIC and other enforcement agencies.

He said that the entity did not work in silos and prioritised cooperation with other agencies, as a powerful weapon to achieve the target of making integrity the core of society’s culture.

“EAIC is also satisfied with the move by the heads of departments of enforcement agencies, who are now taking direct action against their respective staff if an offence is found to have been committed, ” he added.

Citing a news report of a policeman having been charged with a traffic summons recently, he said that the action proved that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) remained firm in ensuring that its members always complied with traffic laws and regulations to serve as an example to society in general.

The EAIC was set up under the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission Act 2009 (Act 700) as an agency to oversee integrity among enforcement agencies, with the role of receiving complaints from the public on misconduct by enforcement officers or agencies, and formulating and establishing mechanisms to detect, investigate and prevent misconduct.

EAIC regulates 21 enforcement agencies, including PDRM, Customs, Immigration and Road Transport Departments, National Anti-Drug Agency and National Registration Department. — Bernama

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