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Royal Commission Report into police naked earsquat scandal, the RM764 million Daim “Metramac patronage” and the RM32.5 million aggravated CBT of Halim Saad and Anuar Othman – triple tests of national integrity plan
The Royal Commission Report into police naked earsquat scandal, the RM764 million Daim “Metramac patronage” and the RM32.5 million aggravated CBT of Halim Saad and Anuar Othman (the latter two highlighted in the Court of Appeal judgment on the Metramac case last week) have surfaced as triple tests of Abdullah’s resolve and the national integrity plan.
According to Datuk Hamzah Md Rus, the secretary to the Royal Commission on the police earsquat scandal, the 345-page commission report will not see public light at least until after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday although it will be submitted to the Yang di Pertuan Agong and the Prime Minister today.
This violates the first principle of integrity with regard to transparency, as it is the practice of commissions of inquiry in First-World countries to make public their reports and findings simultaneously they are submitted to the appointing authorities.
Why should the Cabinet act as a “super censor” to decide whether the Royal Commission Report should be made public, which itself is proof that Malaysia has yet to have an Integrity Cabinet to spearhead the reform campaign for national integrity. Royal Commissions of Inquiry are not to serve the interests of the Cabinet or ruling political parties but the nation and its reports and there should be no censorship or delay in the publication of its recommendations.
The Prime Minister has the power and duty to “walk the talk” with regard to his commitment to integrity by directing the immediate publication of the Royal Commission Report on the police earsquat scandal, as well as to adopt the transparency principle that henceforth, it is to duty and responsibility of commissions of inquiry to make public their reports and findings simultaneously they are submitted to the appointing authorities.
The submission of the Royal Commission Report on the police earsquat scandal raises the question about the outcome of the earlier report of the larger Police Royal Commission and its 125 recommendations to create a clean, efficient, professional world-class police service, which was submitted eight months ago in May last year.
Despite repeated questioning in Parliament, nobody knows what are the recommendations which had been accepted and implemented and those which had been rejected or simply put into “cold storage” – including the most important recommendation of all, the establishment of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
The Court of Appeal judgment on the Metramac case concerning the Cheras toll concession raised three questions about integrity, viz:
Will the Cabinet give full authority to all the relevant agencies to institute all necessary proceedings and investigations to come up with answers to these three important questions of integrity?
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