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The IGP should ask the 145 OCPDs to submit 10 proposals each on how the police can be more human rights-sensitive to draft a 100-point Police Human Rights Code of Conduct to demonstrate new police commitment on upholding human rights
For instance, Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Abdul Wahab Embong has said the police looked forward to change to meet the needs of society and do not resist change. (Star 3.3.06)
Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Fuad Talib called for a paradigm shift in the mindset of the policemen. He said: “Changes are inevitable and we have to follow the tide, for the betterment of society.”
Brickfields OCPD ACP Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim believed that the seminar would strengthen the service level of the force to meet the public’s expectations.
Sentul OCPD Assistant Commissioner A. Thaiveegan said the police had had their eyes opened to the finer points of issues. He said: "It has allowed us to fine-tune our understanding of human rights issues in policing." (New Straits Times 2.3.06)
These are all very positive signs that some ten months after the submission of the Royal Police Commission Report and its 125 recommendations, the message of the Commission on the need for comprehensive reform and radical transformation of the Malaysian Police is beginning to sink in at all police levels.
Bakri won plaudits for his uncharacteristically blunt and forthright speech, not only in publicly berating the Kajang OCPD Assistant Commissioner Mohd Noor Hakim Kassim for the Police Botakgate - "Why do we concentrate on things that are remeh-temeh (trivial) when there are more important things to do?” on the Kajang police shaving bald 10 men for gambling during Chinese New Year – but also in the general warning to the 145 OCPDs:
I do not know whether the 145 OCPDs at the three-day human rights seminar had been asked to endorse the Royal Police Commission Report with regard to its strategic objective for the transformation of PDRM – “To transform the Royal Malaysia Police as a world class, twenty-first century organization that is efficient, clean and trustworthy, dedicated to serving the people and the nation with integrity and respect for human rights.”
Furthermore, whether the 145 OCPDs had endorsed the rationales behind the new strategic objective for the police as recommended by the Royal Police Commission, viz:
It is a reflection of the obstinacy and power of the opposition and resistance to change by certain quarters in the police that the strategic reformulation of the vision, mission and value system of the Malaysian police as proposed by the Royal Police Commission some 10 months ago has yet to be fully and publicly accepted by the entire PDRM.
It is most regrettable that there are irresponsible political forces, some reaching as high as the Cabinet, egging on such police opposition and resistance when they should be encouraging the police to accept reform.
The entire PDRM should be involved in the reform process, as the Royal Police Commission has rightly pointed out that its success is predicated on a change in mindsets and values in every member of PDRM.
To make the three-day human rights course for OCPDs fully meaningful, the IGP should ask the 145 OCPDs to submit 10 proposals each on how the police can be more human rights-sensitive in order to choose the best to draft a 100-point Police Human Rights Code of Conduct to demonstrate new police commitment on upholding human rights. This will be an important first step for the PDRM to internalize its new strategic objective to transform from a state-centric police force into a people-centric police service.
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