Government should implement the proposals made by the Royal Commission without delay

Media Statement
Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew

(Petaling Jaya, Friday): The Royal Commission has done a great job. One who has read the Report would know that the16-member commission had covered a wide range of areas in order to push for real reforms in the police force.

The top gun of the police force Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar has called it a “balanced and fair” report.

It’s now up to the Government to implement those 125 proposals without delay. And this is certainly the hardest part.

We agree with the commission chief that such oversight mechanism will help ensure that compliance with of police rules and regulations are enforced and non-compliance swiftly detected and acted upon.

We also agree that this body would help restore public confidence in the police.

After all, the objective of setting up the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police was to ensure a revitalized police service emerged, efficient, clean and trustworthy, dedicated to serving the people and nation with integrity and respect for human rights.

But the response from the Prime Minister and his deputy were not too encouraging, judging from their comments made on the recommended Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

The setting up of a special task force as proposed by the PM is neither here nor there. Why can’t the PM agree to the setting up of the IPCMC as recommended by the Royal Commission?

The pledge made by the DPM that the Government will look into the possibility of fast-tracking some of the recommendations to improve the force’s capabilities was rather vague and general. Why can’t he just accept the deadlines of implementation set for all the 125 recommendations as scheduled in the Report?

Malaysians has wanted a “true blue change”. We certainly do not want to witness the efforts made by the 16-member commission to be in vain.



* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP International Secretary and NGO bureau chief