on the Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill tomorrow morning in
by Lau Weng San
Parliamentary Roundtable on the Special Complaints Commission (SCC) Bill –
the fake Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) –
will be called by Parliamentary Opposition Leader YB Lim Kit Siang in
Parliament House tomorrow, 28th December5 2007 at 9.30 am in Committee
Room 1, Parliament House. Instead of the originally announced Thursday,
The Office of Parliamentary Opposition Leader had already sent out letters
of invitation to various NGOs, NGIs, Political parties as well as the 16
Commissioners of the Royal Police Commission to the Parliamentary
Those who had confirmed their attendance are Former Royal Police
Commissioner Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim, Former United Nations Special
Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Datuk Param
Cumaraswamy, Chairman of Bar Council Human Rights Committee Edmund Bon Tai
Soon, Hakam Deputy President Datuk A. Malek Zakaria, Suaram Coordinator on
Police Power and Right to Justice Tah Moon Hui, Chairperson of KL &
Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Wanita Section Madam Lee Sok Wah, Convener
of Youth For Change (Y4C) Lee Khai Loon, President of Tamil Foundation Mr
K. Uthaya Soorian, DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng, Seputeh MP YB
Teresa Kok etc.
Instead of an IPCMC “lion” with teeth and claws, a toothless and clawless
SCC mouse has been produced wasting four years of the Abdullah
premiership, making a total mockery of Abdullah’s pledge to reform the
police and the Royal Police Commission Report with its 125 recommendations
to create an efficient, accountable, incorruptible and professional
world-class police service to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and
uphold human rights.
The challenge facing all NGOs, NGIs and Malaysians concerned about the
unchecked breakdown of law and order with the rise of endemic crime in the
country is how to salvage the original IPCMC proposal of the Royal Police
Commission in the face of relentless opposition by the police and the lack
of political will and authority of the Prime Minister who is also Internal
The Police have won its battle to water down the IPCMC proposal of the
Royal Police Commission, to the extent that the Inspector-General of
Police is to become a permanent member of the SCC when the Royal Police
Commission had barred serving or former police officers from being
appointed as IPCMC commissioners.
All the international best practices in other advanced countries for an
effective oversight mechanism over police conduct are for it to be
completely independent, excluding all police participation.
The United Kingdom Police Reform Act 2002, for instance, provides for the
appointment for a Chairman and not less than ten other members of the
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). It provides that no
person who “holds or has held office as a constable in any part of the
United Kingdom” or “is or has been under the direction and control” of a
chief police officer could be appointed as Chairman or commissioner.
Why is Malaysia buckling this trend of international best practices if the
Police and Government are serious in wanting to make the oversight
mechanism over police misconduct a successful one rather than a scandalous
Can the original IPCMC proposal be salvaged and is it worth the effort to
try to salvage it.
This is the first issue the Parliamentary Roundtable on the SCC Bill (fake
IPCMC) must grapple with. We hope more representatives from other NGOs and
political parties could attend this roundtable in producing a world class
police force and to salvage the original IPCMC proposal.
*Lau Weng San, Office Secretary to Parliamentary
Opposition Leader and MP for Ipoh Timur