The gov’t finally tables the IPCMC Bill, to be voted in the next sitting

The gov’t finally tables the IPCMC Bill, to be voted in the next sitting

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has finally tabled the long-awaited Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong tabled the Bill and said that it would be read and voted for in the next Parliamentary sitting, scheduled in Oct.

The commission is set to supersede the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) when it comes into force as stipulated under Section 51 of the bill.

Among the functions listed for IPCMC is “disciplinary control over all members of the police force.”

The commission will be tasked with promoting the integrity of the police force, investigating complaints of misconduct against the police, and formulating mechanisms to detect, investigate and prevent misconduct.

In addition, IPCMC will also advise the government on appropriate action to be taken – including formulating legislation in order to promote integrity within the police force.

The Bill states that the IPCMC will comprise of not more than 10 members, disallowing serving or former members of the police force or public servant from being appointed as its commissioner.

The IPCMC is empowered to summon police officers and other persons, as well as to demand information.

Failing to comply would result in a fine of up to RM10,000 and imprisonment of up to two years. It can also commence proceedings if a misconduct has been established.

In 2005, Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi established the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police, led by former chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah.

The establishment of the IPCMC was one of the many recommendations made by the royal commission to improve the integrity of the police force.

However, the police force fiercely rejected to the formation of IPCMC. Under pressure, Abdullah established the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) instead, which is a watered-down version of the royal commission’s recommendation.

When Pakatan Harapan took over federal power, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pledged to establish IPCMC and received the support of Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador.

By G Vinod

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