KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Bar is urging for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) to investigate allegations of political interference within the police force.
Bar Council president AG Kalidas said that the Malaysian Bar viewed the claims made by former inspector-general of police, Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, seriously.
"The alleged or purported unlawful conduct and political interference undermine the integrity, legitimacy, and professionalism of the police force. Ministers of government, as elected representatives, must at all times exercise their powers fairly, responsibly and honourably.
"Police officers should only act in accordance with the law and obey legitimate orders and must be answerable to the law for their conduct. They owe their duty and loyalty to the people of Malaysia, not to politicians," he said.
He added that personnel transfers and appointments must be conducted according to merit and experience, and not based on the whims of a single individual.
"Thus, the Malaysian Bar calls for the establishment of an RCI to investigate the allegations of political interference in the PDRM, with a view of recommending sound institutional structures, transparent and accountable governance and best practices, to eliminate any such improper interference.
"For example, in order to minimise the exertion of political, partisan and personal influence in the Police Force Commission (SPP) and PDRM, amendments should be made to Article 140(3)(a) of the Federal Constitution to ensure that the chairperson of the SPP is someone who is independent of the Executive.
"We also call on the SPP and its members to exercise their duties fully and effectively and to act as an active check and balance to ensure that the integrity of the SPP is not compromised. The serious issues raised by the former IGP should provide the necessary resolve to undertake comprehensive reforms to strengthen the police force," he said. ends