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50th Merdeka Anniversary celebrations will
only be meaningful if Abdullah summons the political will to check the
worsening rot in the three “vital institutions” Police, Anti-Corruption
Agency and Attorney-General’s Chambers by announcing the formation of IPCMC
before August 31
(Parliament, Monday): The verdict is now in 27 months after the Royal Police Commission Report in May 2005 to create an incorruptible, efficient, professional and world-class police service to reduce crime, eradicate corruption and respect human rights – a police force which is not only more rotten than before Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister, but with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers equally tarnished for “Harap Pagar, Pagar Makan Padi”!
This harsh judgment was not made by Opposition leaders and NGO critics of government, but by a venerable pillar of the establishment, the former and longest-serving Inspector-General of Police and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Police Commission, Tun Hanif Omar in his Sunday Star column with a title which is an indictment on all the three “vital institutions” – “THE FENCE THAT EATS THE RICE”!
Hanif’s article is even more condemnatory of the rot in the police force than the Royal Police Commission report when everyone should be singing praises for a reformed police after the implementation of the Commission’s 125 recommendations to create an incorruptible, efficient and professional world-class police service.
Instead this is what Hanif wrote yesterday:
But what has the police to show in the follow-up to the Royal Police Commission Report?
Hanif lamented that although the Police Royal Commission Report was made public two-and-a-quarter years ago, “yet PDRM has still not burnished its image”.
All the heads of these three “vital institutions” must hold their heads in shame at such a sweeping and most valid condemnation by the most famous IGP in the country.
What has the Inspector-General of Police got to say for crime and corruption getting worse than even before the establishment of the Royal Police Commission 45 months ago?
What has the ACA director-general got to say for the failure to arrest and prosecute a single top police officer in the past 27 months although “40% of the senior officers could be arrested without further investigations – strictly on the basis of their lifestyles”?
What has the Attorney-General got to say for his total lack of professional commitment in procrastinating on the IPCMC issue for over two years, refusing to submit an IPCMC Bill to Parliament?
But there are other persons who should also hold their heads in shame at Hanif’s indictment yesterday – the Prime Minister and the entire Cabinet.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is in danger of becoming the worst Minister in charge of police in the 50-year history of the nation, with galloping crime and rampant corruption.
Instead of being one of his greatest achievements, the Royal Police Commission will become one of his greatest baggages unless Abdullah is prepared to be a hands-on Minister to ensure the full implementation of the Commission’s 125 recommendations to create an incorruptible, efficient and world-class police service.
Let all Malaysians send a clear message to the Prime Minister – the 50th Merdeka Anniversary celebrations will only be meaningful if he summons the political will to check the worsening rot in the three “vital institutions” of the Police, Anti-Corruption Agency and Attorney-General’s Chambers by announcing the formation of IPCMC before August 31!
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman