Muhyiddin defends move to set up IPCMC

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

PUTRAJAYA: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has defended the government’s plan to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to oversee the police, saying it is not aimed at punishing members of the force.

“There is much more to be explained and clarified, especially on their assumptions that with the IPCMC, they will be the main target.”

He said there were claims that the IPCMC was being pushed because the police had committed too many offences and must be punished.

“But that is not the case,” he told the media recently.

He said the National Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC) was instructed to brief the police on the matter.

“Only after that can we go ahead with plans to enact laws concerning this,” he added.

Former inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police would meet with Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to protest several issues concerning the proposed setting up of the IPCMC.

This includes withdrawing the powers of the Police Force Commission (SPP) under Article 140 of the Federal Constitution.

Article 140 of the Federal Constitution states that the SPP which includes the home minister will be responsible for the appointment, promotion and all issues pertaining to the discipline of police officers.