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Independent oversight in cases involving police, says anti-graft watchdog

October 28, 2020 (PN)

C4 Centre questions the efficacy of the current Integrity and Standard Compliance Department and Police Force Commission in stamping out corruption in law enforcement when the non-governmental organisation discovered new evidence suggesting connections between businessman Goh Leong Yeong, or Alvin Goh, and members of law enforcement agencies.

Goh, who was detained under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959 for two years to assist investigations into an illegal online gambling syndicate, was recently re-apprehended after his escape during a transfer between the police (custody) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

In order to weed out such cases of corruption amongst authorities in law enforcement, an independent oversight mechanism is therefore sorely needed.

Such a mechanism was proposed in the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), which grants the Commission disciplinary powers over the police force, thus allowing them to act upon the findings of their investigations. 

C4 criticises the current watered-down Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill presented in the last Parliament session, which accedes to the demands of the police such that no disciplinary action can be taken against law enforcement officers.

Any findings by the IPCC would have to be reverted to the Police Force Commission (PFC), executing the very task that the current Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) already does for all enforcement agencies. 

Aside from Goh; businessman Zaidi Kanapiah,  better known as “Datuk Addy Kana” and two other policemen identified as Corporal Hairy Mohammad and Corporal Muhammad Amin Nur Rashid Mohamed Puad were also detained under the Act as the main suspects of the infamous Macau Scam syndicate and online gambling activities in Malaysia.

Read further in C4’s statement on this issue here.

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