Putrajaya gives green light for police oversight body

PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet has agreed to set up the long awaited Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), the Prime Minister’s Department said today.

In a statement, it said establishing the IPCMC would strengthen the present enforcement watchdog, the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC).

“It will act as an independent and holistic body,” it said.

It added that all ambassadors and high commissioners would be appointed from the civil service.

“No more political appointments,” it said.

This was part of seven papers presented during a Cabinet special committee meeting on anti-corruption.

The papers were focused on boosting the country’s image in terms of governance, integrity, anti-corruption and human rights.

The statement also said the Public Complaints Bureau would be changed to the Ombudsman Malaysia.

It said an ombudsman act would be drafted to allow the more efficient management of public complaints.

In addition, the Malaysian Institute of Integrity will be placed under the newly established National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC).

“It will act as an operational body to build the competency and capacity of the government and corporate sector,” the statement said, adding that a new business model would be set up for this purpose.

Other changes agreed on included for the National Integrity and Good Governance Department (JITN) to be absorbed into GIACC.

The last measure was to better manage the promotions of high-level civil servants in order to reduce dissatisfaction among the ranks.

The statement said the Cabinet had agreed to suggestions by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to amend the Suhakam Act to allow it more enforcement and mediation powers.

“The commission also wants its annual report to be debated in Parliament,” it said.

The government also agreed to appoint Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong to represent it in carrying out discussions with the opposition.

“This is to get the opposition’s support on matters regarding amendments that require two-thirds support in Parliament.”