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Botakgate is public “thumbing
of the nose” of the two Royal Commissions and the Prime Minister by
irresponsible police elements which is why it is imperative to set up IPCMC
without any more delay to restore public confidence
Speech at the Penang DAP Chinese New Year Open House
Many questions must have swirled in the minds of Malaysians, including:
Whatever the answers, the Botakgate is a public “thumbing of the nose” of the two Royal Commissions and the Prime Minister by irresponsible police elements which is why it is imperative to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) without any more delay to restore public confidence that Malaysia is not a police state but the police is subject to democratic governance.
Attempts by the Kajang OCPD to justify the Botakgate scandal do not stand scrutiny that it is not a gross abuse of power.
Is he prepared to give figures of how many people were detained in the Kajang police lock-ups for the past one month, and how many of them had their heads shaved bald?
Ordinary Malaysians themselves can give a long list of people, famous and not-famous, who were not victims of the police Botakgate.
The Botakgate scandal, together with the objection by three police organizations, Senior Police Officers Association Inspector Branch, Senior Police Officers Association (Gazetted Branch) and Lower Rank Police Association to the establishment of the IPCMC announced by Abdullah on January 24 has catapulted the country to a crisis as to whether the police accept the authority of the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Parliament.
I find it most shocking that the Internal Security Deputy Minister Datuk Chia Kwang Chye was reported in the Chinese press today as saying that the government had not made a “final decision” on the establishment of the IPCMC, which means that the most important of the 125 recommendations of the first Royal Commission might not be implemented after all.
From Chia’s remarks, it would appear that the whole question of whether the IPCMC would be established is still fluid and subject to change, which is completely at variance with the categorical announcement by the Prime Minister on January 24 that “The government has agreed to set up an independent commission to receive complaints on and monitor police misconduct as soon as possible in an effort to improve the police service” and that “the Attorney-General's Chambers was looking into the details before the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was set up”. (Bernama 24.1.06)
The Prime Minister should clarify the air to reaffirm that a definitive decision had been taken by the government to set up the IPCMC and that it would not bow to pressures whether in the form of Botakgate or others to change its mind.
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP
Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission