Monday, October 16, 2006

WHEN WILL THE IPCMC BE OFFICIALLY ESTABLISHED?

The government had agreed to the formation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and had forwarded a proposal to the Attorney-Generals Chambers for their comments and advice. In the meantime, it is also learnt that the police have also submitted their views and comments with their proposed recommendations on the proposal before the final go-ahead is given by the Prime Minister who is also Internal Security Minister. This proposal had come about after various misconduct allegations have been made against the police. At the present moment, there is no specific body or term of reference the rakyat could fall back in the case of a recorded misconduct of the police but by just making a simple complaint to the relevant bodies, Inspector General of Police, Public Complaints Bureau or the Home Minister or Internal Security Minister. The Prime Minister had set the target day of implementation sometime in May 2006 but due to various counter proposals from various quarters, the implementation date had to be brought forward until the Attorney-Generals Chambers have formulated their final draft. The Attorney-Generals Chambers have not indicated until now when this will be ready.

In the meantime, a few more misconduct cases of the police had been reported, making the need of the IPCMC to be enforced and implemented immediately. Many bodies have requested the urgent need of the establishment of the IPCMC.

When will our Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi establish the IPCMC?