Special Complaints Commission
– totally different creature from the proposed IPCMC and the very negation
of the external oversight agency for the police recommended by Royal Police
by Lim Kit Siang
The Special Complaints
Commission proposed in the bill tabled for first reading in the Dewan
Rakyat yesterday is a totally different creature from the Independent
Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and the very negation
of the independent external oversight agency for the police recommended by
the Royal Police Commission.
No wonder the Chairman of the Royal Police Commission, Tun Mohamed
Dzaiddin Abdullah said yesterday that he was “very disappointed” as the
proposed Special Complaints Commission was not what the Royal Police
Commission had in mind. Dzaiddin described the Special Complaints
Commission as “something entirely different from what we recommended”.
Another member of the Royal Police Commission, Tunku Abdul Aziz, former
Transparency International Malaysia President, is also a disappointed man.
He said: “The whole purpose was to ensure that no only were the police
protected against unfair criticism and allegations but also that there
would be a return of public confidence in an organization that had lost
it. If the new bill is watered down, obviously we are not going to achieve
How can the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the
Cabinet expect the 26 million Malaysians to have confidence in the
proposed Special Complaints Commission when the leading lights of the
Royal Police Commission like Tun Dzaiddin and Tunku Aziz are totally
disgusted by the breach of faith and the complete watering-down of the
IPCMC proposal to produce something quite nonsensical?
For instance, the Royal Police Commission had proposed that IPCMC
commissioners should not be serving or former members of the police force.
But the whole idea of an independent external oversight mechanism to
ensure that police officers keep to the straight and narrow path of the
law, steering clear of abuses of power and corrupt practices, was
overturned with the proposal that the Inspector-General of Police is a
permanent member of the seven-man Special Complaints Commission!
With the IGP as a permanent member of the Special Complaints Commission,
how could the function of independent external oversight of the police
from abuses of power and corruption is exercised?
Are the Prime Minister and Cabinet seriously suggesting that members of
the public would have confidence to complain against top police officers
or even against the IGP himself with the IGP as a member of the Special
On initial cursory reading of the Special Complaints Commission Bill, it
not only falls far short of the IPCMC proposal of the Royal Police
Commission, it is so weak and flawed that it is most unacceptable if the
government is serious about wanting to create an efficient, accountable,
incorruptible and professional world-class police service.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman