We propose that Prime Minister presents to Parliament three times a year his Task Force report on the implementation of the 125 recommendations of the Royal Commission on the police.

Media Statement
Tan Seng Giaw

(Kepong, Thursday): Yesterday, during his visit to Germany, the Prime Minister said that it was time for everyone to look ahead and work to make the police force a credible and effective law enforcement agency.

“The task force, which I chair under the Home Affairs Ministry, will soon implement the recommendations made by the Royal Commission on the Police,” he added.

We concur that everyone should look ahead. Each Member of Parliament has an important responsibility to scrutinize the work of the task force. Besides the task force, we need a truly independent and effective ombudsman—an institution to investigate police irregularities. Thus, it is urgent to establish the Independent police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

We feel that Datuk Seri Abdullah should consider presenting the task force report three times a year (there is no need to print everyone in a glossy booklet). This enables MPs to help the task force in monitoring the implementation of the 125 recommendations.

The Prime Minister mentioned some of the recommendations called for immediate action while others looked to the medium and long terms. In fact, the Commission has tabulated them in a time schedule. For example, Recommendation 13: Make crime reduction priority No. 1 for PDRM, together with eradication of corruption and compliance with prescribed laws and human rights must be completed by June 2005. Recommendation 52: Amend laws, regulations and work procedures to be completed by May 2006. The longest term is Recommendation 117: Identify and restore or replace old and poorly maintained (police) housing  to be completed by May 2010.

If we can implement the 125 recommendations successfully, then the force will attain world class. We have a duty to watch the progress and the effectiveness of the task force



*  Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong