Government is urged to restore public confidence on MACC and PDRM

We, the undersigned, are very concern by the allegations that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is being pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to drop its investigation on possible police misdeeds in the form of a protection racket for criminals. It is alleged that this misdeed implicates senior police officials across several states. These allegations can seriously undermine not only the public trust in Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) as an institution of public security but also the credibility of the government as a whole.

We call upon MACC to continue its investigations on alleged police links with criminal figures without fear and favour. They must, if such criminal activities in PDRM is proven to be true, bring these culprits to justice and help PDRM to restore public confidence and removing a stain to its honour.

We also call upon the PMO to publically answer these allegations as to whether it has used its influence to dissuade the MACC from carrying out its investigation into PDRM. In addition, PMO must publically state that it will not interfere nor impede on the latter’s investigation into PDRM. It’s only by taking such a public stance, can PMO restore the public confidence that the government is committed to the rule of law together with transparency and accountability which make up good governance.

The MACC must remain as an independent unit that will operate without influence from any quarters especially from government departments, government officials or political personalities.

We also called upon the government to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to ensure that PDRM remains free of criminal elements and abuse of power. Failure to address those allegations and to put in proper checks and balances into the PDRM will erode public confidence on this venerable institution which have serve Malaysia so well.

We call upon the government to take the above steps as soon as possible so that the MACC can carry out its duties and resolve any doubts that the public might have PDRM and the government’s commitment to good governance in the country.

(For further enquiry, please contact coordinating unit, GBM Secretariat, 03 -2272 3594 / 017 3985 606 or [email protected])