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Ex-MACC chief laments ‘sad excuses’ by politicians that hindered IPCMC

September 16, 2021

Former Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed flagged politicians who are hindering the implementation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) by giving “sad excuses”.

Abu Kassim who helmed the graft-fighting commission from 2010 to 2016 said politicians are fearful towards the IPCMC.

The IPCMC would be able to clean up the police force, reform the political arena and the implementation of enforcement efforts.

Mooted in 2005, the IPCMC which was supposed to replace the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was tabled for first reading in July 2019.

However, the IPCMC Bill was withdrawn from being tabled on August 26, 2020.

Instead, in its place, was the Perikatan-Nasional-proposed bill called the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill which refers findings of police abuse of power among police personnel to be subjected to the existing Police Force Commission (PFC), or Suruhanjaya Pasukan Polis, for recommended disciplinary action.

The PFC is headed by the home affairs minister (a politician) with a membership that includes the police inspector general.

This arrangement was set out by Article 140 of the Federal Constitution, a premise used by politicians to oppose the IPCMC.

Article 140(3) states:

“The Police Force Commission (PFC) Shall consist of the following members, that is to say:”

  • The Minister for the time being charged with responsibility for the police, who shall be the Chairman;
  • The officer of police in general command of the police force;
  • The person performing the duties of the office of Secretary General of the Ministry under the Minister for the time being charged with responsibility for the police;
  • A member of the Public Services Commission appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong;
  • Not less than two nor more than six other members appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Human rights organisations, including the government-founded National Commission of Human Rights (Suhakam), Suaram, Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), have expressed disappointment at the contents of the IPCC Bill.

The proposed IPCC, they expressed, is possibly more ineffective than the current EAIC.

The Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) currently has 137,574 personnel.

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Ex-MACC chief laments ‘sad excuses’ by politicians that hindered IPCMC


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