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Abdullah reply on IPCMC a great disappointment – marks lack of political will to deliver reform pledge and strengthens Mahathir allegation of a “half-past-six” administration
Firstly, the one-year timeline for the establishment of the IPCMC as proposed by the Royal Police Commission, i.e. May 2006, has passed.
Secondly, it is a classic “passing of the buck” on a policy question by the Prime Minister and Cabinet to an executive wing of government, which has no business to dabble with policy issues but to implement policy decisions as far as legislation and institutional changes are concerned.
Thirdly, it represents a “backing down” by Abdullah of his earlier public commitment that an IPCMC to create an accountable, efficient, professional world-class police service would be established and being held to ransom by the insurbordination of top police officers, UMNO MPs and UMNO Ministers.
Fourthly, it marks the lack of political will of Abdullah to deliver his reform pledge which won him the landslide 2004 general election victory winning some 92 per cent of parliamentary seats.
Fifthly, it strengthens the allegation of former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of a “half-past-six” administration.
this year, he announced that the IPCMC would be established after the
submission of the report of the Royal Police Squadgate Commission, Abdullah
said the IPCMC “would be established as soon as the Attorney-General’s
Chambers fine-tuned the concept”. (New Straits Times 24.1.06)
I call on Abdullah to demonstrate that he has the political will to keep faith with his reform pledge by setting up the IPCMC and not to knuckle down to insubordination from certain elements in the police force, UMNO MPs and UMNO Ministers, and prove Tun Dr. Mahathir wrong that he has a “half-past-six” administration.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman