Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SURUHANJAYA INTEGRITI AGENSI PENGUATKUASA (SIAP) TABLED BUT HAS 'NO POWERS'

The Special Complaints Commission (SCC) which was tabled last year to replace the (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was criticized as a mere "post box" in that it is toothless (no power to persecute) and it just act to receive complaints and forward these complaints to relevant enforcement agencies thus essentially acting like a "post box" while adding another layer to cumbersome bureaucracy.

Today, Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar has tabled another bill in Parliament, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission or SIAP (Suruhanjaya Integriti Agensi Penguatkuasa). SIAP will also have no persecution power and is likely to meet the same fate as SCC.

The UMNO-led Barisan Nasional government 'fears' to form a credible Commission which has absolute persecution powers, since most of its UMNOputras or Barisan Nasional officials would face prosecution.

picture courtesy of Malaysiakini