Parliamentary Roundtable of MPs/NGO/NGI to salvage IPCMC next Thursday

I will convene a Parliamentary Roundtable in Parliament next Thursday, 27th December 2007 inviting concerned NGOs and NGIs, including the 16 members of the Royal Police Commission, to discuss how to salvage the original proposal of the Royal Police Commission to have an independent external oversight mechanism to check police abuses, misconduct and corruption.

As former Royal Police Commissioner Tunku Abdul Aziz, who was formerly President of Transparency International Malaysia, told the Emergency Public Consultation on the Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill – what I had described as the fake IPCMC bill – in Kuala Lumpur on Monday night, there is no police in the world which had been capable of or successful in policing itself, which was why the Royal Police Commission was unanimous in its key proposal for the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

Although the Cabinet has agreed to defer the second reading of the SCC Bill to the next meeting of Parliament starting on March 17, 2008 (provided there is no earlier dissolution of Parliament for the holding of the 12th general election), there are two matters which are most regrettable, viz:

• the refusal to set up a Parliamentary Select Committee to canvass the widest public consultation on whether the original proposal to have an independent IPCMC should be salvaged and reinstated; and

• the rigid government mind-set in refusing to reconsider the IPCMC proposal, which has been abandoned in favour of a Special Complaints Commission which has the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of Anti-Corruption Agency and the Director-General of the Public Complaints Bureau as permanent Commissioners – making total nonsense of a completely independent oversight commission whether over the police or other enforcement agencies.

As there is no Parliamentary Select Committee to canvas the widest public consultation on the fake IPCMC Bill, there is an urgent need to have a substitute body to conduct such a public consultation process in the next two months. This will be the major agenda of the Parliamentary Roundtable on the SCC Bill next Thursday.

  1. #1 by mendela on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 2:03 pm

    Guys, there is a good article by Kim Kerk at Malaysia-Today: Double-Tracking, Stop the Madness!

  2. #2 by sj on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 2:19 pm

    Dont you get the funny feeling that they suddenly allowed it to be deffered ? Plus,it comes from Nazri, I sense something really fishy here. Normally you would see Nazri or Zam screaming up and down about it whenever you make some statement that goes against their ‘vested interest’. Strange indeed.

  3. #3 by helpless on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 3:28 pm

    YB, good job. Save the Malaysian.

    As policeman is a civil servant and bind by the law. I guess there is no room for them to voice their grievances. Any vote against the government in the election probably have been discipline.

    I suggest the IPCMC shall include:

    1. For policeman to make confidential complaint against his/her superior without any hurdle.

    2. For policeman to make confidential grievances of their welfare as well other than those corruption issues or misuse of power by the superior.

    3. For policeman of all rank to make complaint of any suspected unfair treatment if there is any vote against government if malaysia is truly democracy country.

  4. #4 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 4:00 pm

    There is something fishy here. Why did the Govt. so readily gave in and want a deferment to allow the MPs time to debate this? Compare this with the obscene haste to push through the Bill to extend the retirement of the Election Commission Chairman.

    The rat I smelled here is the Govt. is not too keen to have this bill passed. Defering will give them more time and hopefully to last beyond the next GE. Or maybe it is also a ploy to pacify a public just prior to a GE.

  5. #5 by lakshy on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 4:53 pm


    It shows who is doing all the work! Thanks from all malaysians go to you and your team YB.

    Even the bn mp’s dont work….what a farce.

  6. #6 by shaolin on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 5:38 pm

    No to SCC and stick to IPCMC!! As long as IGP remains
    in SCC as 1 of the committee, its decision making will
    be biased!!

    We want Independent body to oversee Corruption in
    Police Force…!! We just cannot trust the Very Corrupted
    Malaysia Government…Words just cannot describe all…!!

    We have 1 of the Most Screwed up Government in the

  7. #7 by greenacre on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 5:56 pm

    They had premonition of the dissolution of parliament. To show some gullible public that this government has big ears.

  8. #8 by Jonny on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 7:32 pm

    I smelled a BIG RAT from afar.

    It could be this …

    “I am still listening with BIG EARS (In cantonese, also meant, AH LONG).

    Secretly within (I hope my popularity not slide further down, this will buy further time for myself and my mates until the next GE).

    By then, I will promise up to sky heaven again.

    Voila, another 5 years! :)

    Play this on and on, I may even outlast The Tun.

  9. #9 by HJ Angus on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 - 10:24 pm

    There was so much hope when the IPCMC was published that many Malaysians were conned into paying RM100plus for the official report.

    Can claim back money now that it can be deemed a hoax?
    Perhaps some lawyer can make a summary of the main points of the IPCMC and this SCC.

    SCC can stand for

    Serious Conning Commission
    Suppressing Complaints Committee?

  10. #10 by pwcheng on Thursday, 20 December 2007 - 1:10 am

    HJ Angus,

  11. #11 by pwcheng on Thursday, 20 December 2007 - 1:29 am

    The government has made a mockery of the RCI which comprised of eminent personalities. Can we blame the people for taking to the street if we keep on having this type of nonsense? Can we live with a government who keeps on cheating the citizen just to keep themselves afloat? Can we accept such fraudulent practices? Can we blame the people for selling fake vcds when the government can sell fake report which cost me RM100. I wouldn’t even want it even if it is free if I know that it is a fake.

  12. #12 by shortie kiasu on Thursday, 20 December 2007 - 6:11 am

    SCC Bill is just a smoke-screen attempting to sooth the public, but BN did not underestimate the reaction roused when the Bill was exposed in the Parliament, NEGATIVE.

  13. #13 by k1980 on Thursday, 20 December 2007 - 5:26 pm

    Are Samy and Kayveas gonna shave their craniums too?
    A group of minority ethnic Indians shaved their heads Thursday to protest the imprisonment of five community leaders who campaigned for equal rights in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

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