SUARA Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) is closely following the development of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission Bill or IPCMC (currently amended and renamed the Independent Commission on Police Conduct) that was first tabled at the July Parliamentary seating and debated in Parliament on Monday.
Suaram has been invited to multiple consultations and town hall meetings with Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong and has provided our concerns and feedback alongside other members of civil society who have long advocated for the introduction of such a body.
The minister proposed a list of 24 amendments to the Bill first tabled in July; these amendments raise substantial doubt about the viability of an independent commission if introduced in its current form.
Pakatan Harapan must not forget the reasons why the IPCMC was proposed in the first place. It was proposed to address the long years of gross human rights violations committed by errant officers within the Royal Malaysian Police.
Members of Parliament would only need to ask the following when considering the merits of the amended IPCMC Bill:
> Is the proposed Bill able to address the death of Syed Mohd Azlan and the attempts by errant officers to dispose of evidence?
> Is the proposed IPCMC able to address the death of N. Dharmendran during detention?
> Is the proposed IPCMC able to address the shooting and killing of Aminulrasyid Amzah?
> Is the proposed IPCMC able to address the disappearance of Raymond Koh, Amri Che Mat, Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Hilmy?
> Is the proposed IPCMC able to address the failure of the police in curbing human trafficking activities along Malaysian borders and in finding the perpetrators who created the mass graves within our borders?
These are fundamental questions that the IPCMC must be able to answer in the affirmative. Why? Because errant police officers have consistently avoided criminal investigation and prosecution against them and remain active members of the Royal Malaysian Police.
The Royal Malaysian Police is in dire need of fundamental reform to eradicate the rot that threatens the remaining integrity and credibility. Anything short of an empowered IPCMC at this juncture would only enable the rot to fester and destroy the police force from within and without.
Right-minded Malaysians and police officers who uphold the spirit of a democratic Malaysia must take a stand now and push for the introduction of an IPCMC that is independent and empowered to bring reform to the force.
Anything less and we would be given a farce that will only bring joy to those who seek to abuse the Police for their personal gain at the expense of the dignity and welfare of police officers who willingly sacrifice their lives in service of the nation.
Executive Director, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
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