Caucus to study progress on proposals to improve welfare of cops

One of the key recommendations of the 2005 Royal Police Commission Report is providing suitable housing for personnel, especially in big cities, and the provision of modern weapons to fight crime. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The Parliamentary Caucus on Governance and Institutional Reforms is to review the 2005 Royal Police Commission Report to study whether its 11 recommendations to improve the welfare of the police have been implemented.

This caucus is chaired by Port Dickson MP and PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang said at a breaking of fast function with police personnel in Iskandar Puteri, Gelang Patah, last night.

Lim said he would suggest at the next meeting of the parliamentary caucus that the police be asked to present a progress report on these royal commission recommendations.

“These recommendations will improve the welfare of the police personnel in the country, as part of the programme to ensure that Malaysians have a top world-class police force to keep Malaysians safe from crime,” he said.

Lim said another of the commission’s key recommendations — the establishment of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) — had already been agreed to by the police and new Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had already announced that the IPCMC Bill would be presented to Parliament at the end of the year.

The royal police commission was headed by former Chief Justice Mohamad Dzaiddin Abdullah and former IGP Hanif Omar.

Its 11 recommendations to improve the welfare of police were:

1. Redeployment of police personnel into positions that require police competency in policing and administrative roles;

2. Provide special allowances for PDRM personnel stationed in major cities, such as the Klang Valley, Johor Bahru and George Town, to offset the higher cost of living there;

3. Improvements to the current PDRM training centre (Pulapol) and increasing investments on training personnel;

4. Implement career planning for all PDRM personnel to improve their motivation and commitment, and also groom suitable officers for top management posts;

5. Address inadequate and ageing PDRM vehicles. The commission recommended that PDRM dispose of its vehicles after five years;

6. Increase the size of the mobile patrol vehicle fleet to enable greater police presence and patrols;

7. Provide sufficient funds to the weaponry division to replacing old weapons that are costly to maintain, investing in the PDRM bomb squad, procuring more bullet-proof vests and non-lethal weapons, and constructing new weapon storage facilities that are far from living quarters;

8. Identify old and badly-maintained police housing and either restore or replace them if not economical;

9. Identify locations where housing is critically needed for PDRM personnel;

10. Where land is at a premium and building housing units is too expensive, the government is recommended to acquire buildings such as apartments to be rented to PDRM personnel; and,

11. Provide adequate funding to maintain police premises, including police stations, as some are very old and not well equipped.