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Police corruption negates government’s anti-corruption reforms
NACP 5.3.2 – To empower the Police Force Commission in managing its welfare, logistics, manpower and training budgetary
03 May 2019
Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun has been quoted as saying that the police force does not want to hand over the power to take disciplinary action against its personnel to the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
NACP 5.3.3 – To empower the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in terms of the appointment of Chief Commissioner
NACP 5.3.3 – To empower the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in terms of budgetary oversight committee, establishment of service commission and manpower
NACP 5.3.4 – To transform and convert the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) into Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to address integrity issues and curb misconducts among members of the Royal Malaysia Police
Complaint committee to be set up to monitor 20 enforcement agencies — Dr M
7 January 2020
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad announced that the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption (JKKMAR) has agreed with the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission’s (EAIC) proposal on the need to set up a Complaint Committee (JKA). JKA will be set up soon and will monitor the management of complaints of misconduct in 20 enforcement agencies other than the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). In line with the monitoring on PDRM, these 20 agencies will be monitored too.
Safety of persons in custody must be assured – law minister
20 December 2019
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong said that any person in the custody of any law enforcement agency must be assured of their safety as he commented on the decision by the Johor Bahru High Court on the compensation for the family of the deceased in custody, Syed Mohd Azlan Syed Mohamed Nur. Liew also said that the government will persist its efforts in establishing the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
30 investigation papers opened on Kelantan police personnel involved in drug abuse, corruption
16 December 2019
30 investigation papers against Kelantan’s police officers’ involvement in crime, drug abuse and corruption have been opened. Only twenty are suspended from their jobs for a certain period of time, the rest are under continuous investigation. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador raised concerns about disciplinary monitoring in the force however a proposal to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) has been met with resistance.
AICHR: Government must keep momentum to pass IPCMC Bill
4 December 2019
The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) voiced its dismal with the second postponement on the tabling of the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). Eric Paulsen, the Malaysian AICHR representative said that while the move was frustrating, the government is urged to continue with the tabling of the Bill said while the delay was frustrating, it is hoped that the government would continue with the Bill. An independent complaints commission is needed to avoid serious misuse of power went unnoticed thus bringing down the confidence of the people in the police force.
Tabling of IPCMC Bill postponed to enable improvement — Liew
4 December 2019
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong said that the tabling of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 has been postponed for improvement. The IPCMC sets out to replace the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission in efforts to enhance the integrity and capabilities of the police force as an independent monitoring body to receive complaints and conduct investigations into misconduct involving police personnel.
Putrajaya ‘postpones’ IPCMC bill
3 December 2019
The government has delayed the debate on the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) in the Dewan Rakyat. Dewan Rakyat Speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said there was now no need for Ramkarpal, the Bukit Gelugor MP to proceed. The version of the IPCMC Bill 2019 has 37 amendments from the conclusion of the previous from the stakeholder deliberations by the Select Committee for the Consideration of Bills. The bill which was drafted in 2015 by a royal commission of inquiry was rejected by the previous Barisan Nasional government.
Why we need to pass the IPCMC Bill in Parliament
3 December 2019
Maria Chin Abdullah, the Member of Parliament for Petaling Jaya dispelled misbeliefs about the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill. IPCMC was introduced 14 years ago following a Royal Commission of Inquiry on the increasing number of deaths in custody and allegations of police brutality, physical and psychological abuse of detainees and misuse of administrative detention laws. It is detrimental to have an independent body to investigate these matters and to restore public confidence in the police force. With our current Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), which oversees disciplinary conduct of all enforcement officers can conduct investigations and recommend actions to be taken but not to enforce those actions. IPCMC will not obliterate EAIC rather it necessitates anyone, including police officers, to give information or surrender documents to facilitate an investigation without victimising the police officers in the process.
Ramkarpal to create history in Parliament
2 December 2019
Bukti Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh who is also the Parliament Special Select Committee for the Consideration of Bills chairman will be the first backbencher in the country to table a report and wind up a debate in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow. He will be tabling the committee’s findings on the independent oversight body, Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
IGP wants more time to discuss IPCMC Bill
28 November 2019
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador asked for more time to deliberate on the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019. The rush to pass the IPCMC Bill increased doubts among the 130,000 police force.
Enhanced IPCMC Bill expected to be tabled next week
27 November 2019
The Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 which has been improved upon, is expected to be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat next week.
G25: IPCMC Bill lacks bite, needs to be beefed-up and fine-tuned
17 November 2019
The G25 (Group of 25 Eminent Malays) said that the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 contains many deficiencies and improvements need to be made for the proposed law to really have a bite such as:
- The appointment of commissioners should reflect the diversity of Malaysian society; and that the appointment process is fair, transparent and merit based. The Prime Minister should only have a nominal involvement. Only Parliament should have the power to amend the Schedule and not the Executive. The Commissioners to be given security of tenure, just like Judges.
- The Commissioners and officers of the Commission should have all powers of investigation as contained in the Criminal Procedure Code.
- A provision to empower the IPCMC to:
- conduct public hearings
- summon witnesses
- examine witnesses
- compel the production of documents, and
- provide for the arrest of witnesses, for purposes of investigation and hearings.
- The Commission to establish a Code or Guidelines that provides for a procedure of handling witnesses, whistleblowers and persons assisting the IPCMC.
- The Inspector General’s Standing Orders (IGSO) should be made public.
- The Commission to handle complaints against the IGP, no special treatment or protection should be given to the IGP.
- Specific time frame imposed on the police force to refer cases of grievous hurt or death in their custody to the IPCMC.
The IPCMC Bill was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on July 18 to investigate complaints against the police force. The Bill has been sent to the Special Select Committee on the Consideration of Bills.
07 October 2019
The Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill has been referred to the Select Committee after being heatedly debated in Dewan Rakyat for almost six hours.
19 July 2019 – The Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 was tabled yesterday (18 July) in the Dewan Rakyat, and the debate is expected to take place during the next sitting, when the House reconvenes in October.
18 July 2019:
4 May 2019: Hamid disclosed the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) will have a meeting with the police and police associations on May 10 to hash out issues over the IPCMC