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Police Accountability

Police accountability is about keeping enforcement agencies responsible and accountable for abuses of power, such as violent police reactions to peaceful assemblies, arbitrary detention, police beatings, deaths in custody, and shootings, increasing public confidence in the Royal Malaysian Police.

While the new Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has promised a review of the Independent Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill, the new Independent Police Conduct Commission IPCC) Bill is such a watered-down version of its predecessor, that it would not have disciplinary powers against any offenders, while incorporating loopholes for offenders to hide information.

Not only would it fail to uphold police accountability, it would serve to further diminish 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, but also to eliminate unsavoury elements within the police force itself.

  • Home ministry shoots down ‘dirty cops’ claim by ex-IGP

    November 10, 2021 The home ministry has refuted former inspector-general of police Abdul Hamid Bador’s claim that a cartel of “dirty cops” existed within the police force. It said its investigation had found that there was no basis for the claim. “Based on the initial investigation that has been carried out, there is no issue […]

  • 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 […]

  • TI-Malaysia Repeats Call for IPCMC to Improve Police Image

    April 26, 2020 (PN) TI-M called for the following actions: The PM, Cabinet and Home Ministry to pause all impending PDRM transfers and promotions; to investigate PDRM for cartels, protection rings, links to criminal organisations and prominent individuals, as well other forms of corruption and conflicts of interest; for IPCMC to be free from interference […]

  • IGP Abdul Hamid Bador: Anti-corruption plan aims to gain trust, credibility

    November 26, 2020 (PN) The Royal Malaysia Police Anti-Corruption Plan (PAPDRM) will chart the right path for the police force towards regaining the people’s trust in its credibility as the law enforcement agency, IGP said. “The PDRM Anti-Corruption Plan is a testament of the police force’s commitment in curbing corruption and practicing transparency, responsibility and […]

  • 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 […]

  • IPCC bill tabled in Dewan Rakyat

    August 26, 2020 (PN) The Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) Bill 2020 will replace the IPCMC Bill 2019 has been tabled for its first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Mohamed Said. This will replace the recently withdrawn Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) bill introduced by […]

  • Putrajaya withdraws PM term limit, IPCMC Bills

    August 26, 2020 (PN) The federal Perikatan Nasional (PN) government has recalled both the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill and the Constitution (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2019 that limits the tenure of the Prime Minister (PM) post to two terms. The IPCMC was first proposed by the 2004 Royal Commission of Inquiry […]

  • Politics and Policy: Scrutiny of police conduct at an impasse for now

    November 14, 2019 (PH) Efforts to turn the spotlight on the police over deaths in custody and during encounters have remained inconclusive even after a decade of official engagement. Now, the Pakatan Harapan government, which came to power on the promise of a reform agenda, is getting a newly established parliamentary select committee to vet […]

  • IPCMC will finally be set up

    September 22, 2018 (PH) Thirteen years after it was first mooted, Malaysia will finally establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the IPCMC would replace the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), and would act as an independent body to look into police complaints more holistically. The […]