Police accountability is about keeping enforcement agencies responsible and accountable towards abuses of power, such as violent police reactions to peaceful assemblies; arbitrary detention; shootings; police beatings and deaths in custody; so that the people’s trust towards the Royal Malaysian Police can be improved.
While there had been talks of reviewing the Independent Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill, the new Independent Police Conduct Commission IPCC) Bill presents a watered-down version of its predecessor to the extent that the latter would be devoid of disciplinary powers against any offenders, while giving space for offenders to hide information.
Not only would it fail to uphold police accountability, it diminishes the accountability mechanism already in place. A reinforced commission with the power to uphold police accountability in a stricter fashion is needed not only to rebuild the people’s trust in the police force, but also to eliminate detrimental elements within the police force itself.
Aug 2, 2022 PETALING JAYA: The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) has urged senators to reject the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) bill. “In its current state, the bill serves no added value in promoting integrity in improving police accountability,” it said in a statement. Instead, it said the bill should be referred […]
July 27, 2022 KUALA LUMPUR: The special sitting of the Dewan Negara approved the motion for the extension of the enforcement of sub-section 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, or Sosma, for another five years from July 31. The motion, tabled by home minister Hamzah Zainudin, was approved by a majority voice […]
July 26, 2022 KUALA LUMPUR (July 26): The Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (July 26) passed the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill 2020, which aims to improve integrity, reduce misconduct among police officers and increase public confidence in the security force. The Bill was approved after going through several amendments and improvements after being tabled for […]
July 26, 2022 The controversial Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill 2020, which deals with complaints about police misconduct, was passed by a voice vote in the Dewan Rakyat today. This was despite civil society and opposition parties raising concern over the lack of enforcement power in IPCC to act against errant police officers. Home […]
July 26, 2022 The highly controversial Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill 2020 has been passed in Parliament after being tabled by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin for its second reading today. The Bill has been stuck in limbo for almost two years up to today, despite numerous meetings since — making it the […]
July 26, 2022 Malaysia’s parliament on Tuesday reinstated a controversial provision of a law that empowers authorities to hold suspects for up to 28 days without charge for alleged national security offenses, despite strong resistance from opposition lawmakers. The provision, which critics say often is misused for political reasons, had been repealed a few months […]
July 25, 2022 THE government must explain its insistence on extending the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) provision for detention without trial when there are other laws, DAP lawmaker Charles Santiago said. “Indefinite detention without trial is open to abuse and gives rise to the possibility of torture when in custody,” said the […]
July 22, 2022 The Attorney-General’s Chambers will review all the 30 investigation papers into cases of custodial deaths from January 2015 to September 2021 classified as “no further action”, says law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. In a written parliamentary reply to R Sivasara (PH-Sungai Buloh), Wan Junaidi said this was necessary to determine whether […]
July 20, 2022 Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin says criminal offences under the First Schedule of Sosma are complex and require a long investigation period. The Dewan Rakyat today approved a motion to quash the House’s previous decision on March 23 rejecting the extension of the enforcement of Subsection 4 (5) of the Security Offences (Special […]
July 20, 2022 Rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has urged MPs to vote against the motion to extend Section 4(5) of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma). Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said the group was disappointed that the motion to reactivate the provision on Sosma’s pre-trial detention had been scheduled for […]