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Cabinet agenda tomorrow
should give priority to IGP Bakriís insubordination and open
contradiction of the Prime Ministerís replies in Parliament only a few days
earlier about the Royal Police Commission recommendations
In his 199th Police Day Speech read out to all police contingents throughout the country on Saturday, 25th March 2006, Bakri announced that the police top brass had rejected 24 recommendations of the Royal Police Commission, including the most important recommendation for the establishment of an Independent :Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
This was an open slap-in-the-face by the IGP to the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also Internal Security Minister, for two reasons:
This was the Prime Ministerís answer to me during question time on the first day of Parliament on 14th March. This was again repeated and elaborated by the Prime Minister in his written answer to DAP MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok the following week on Tuesday, 21st March 2006.
However, four days later, on the 199th Police Day on 25th March 2006, Bakri repudiated the Prime Ministerís replies and commitment in Parliament that 24 commission recommendations, including the IPCMC, were still undergoing continuing discussion and study, by declaring the Police rejection of these proposals.
It would appear that Bakri has forgotten who are the policy-making authorities in the country, that it is not the Police which makes policy but the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament.
If such a big fuss was made over the memorandum by the nine non-Muslim Ministers to the Prime Minister in the wake of the M. Moorthy and Article 121(1A) controversies, it would not speak well for the authority of the Prime Minister and Cabinet if tomorrowís Cabinet meeting is not prepared to put the IGPís unprecedented insubordination on its agenda.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman