THE Malaysian Bar lauds the tabling of the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission Bill 2019 (IPCMC) by the government on July 18 in partial fulfilment of Pakatan Harapan’s election promise to set up the IPCMC in the first term of its administration.
We have repeatedly and consistently called for the establishment of the IPCMC ever since a version of it was first proposed by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police in its seminal report in 2005.
We are happy to note that since then, there has been greater buy-in from all stakeholders, in particular the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), on the need for such an independent oversight mechanism. It is this buy-in that paved the way for this Bill.
We urge all Members of Parliament to give their fullest support to passing this Bill in the next Parliamentary sitting in October.
The IPCMC is the only way in which rogue elements in the PDRM can be identified, isolated and held accountable for their misconduct and criminal acts.
The commission’s establishment will herald a new dawn of police accountability and public confidence in the PDRM.
Upon the Bill’s successful passage, we urge the government to swiftly engage all relevant stakeholders in drafting the regulations that are to be enacted pursuant to the Bill.
In respect of the appointment of IPCMC commissioners, we urge the government to appoint persons of the highest possible standards of integrity and propriety, those who will act decisively with courage and competence.
It is essential that the IPCMC commissioners be persons who command public confidence, leaving no doubt about their independence and impartiality.
The Malaysian Bar pledges our fullest support for and cooperation with the government in the very important work of making the IPCMC a reality.
ABDUL FAREED ABDUL GAFOOR