IPCMC and police rights must go hand in hand, says IGP

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

KUALA LUMPUR: The law enforcement of a country will be crippled if police personnel and service can be bought with bribes, said Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.

“If we want to achieve developed country status, we must have a system of police service that is good and worthy.

“Just look at developed countries in Europe and in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong on how the police give good service to their people,” he told Bernama.

In this connection, Hamid said the proposal to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) should go hand in hand with protecting the rights of policemen and providing for their service needs.

He said IPCMC was mooted in 2005 when there were voices calling for oversight of the police following too many cases or complaints of wrongdoings.

“It could be heard everywhere. I personally felt that these critical voices may have a basis but, at the same time, I also felt we should be given our rights as stipulated in our contract with the government.

“The police department is protected and accorded its rights as the main enforcement agency in this country and, at the same time, it is the responsibility of the police to give to the  public the best service as specified by the law,” he said.

Hamid said policemen should understand that they were given a salary, power and various facilities and, in return, they must give the best service.

“The result and effect of good implementation of laws is that the public can conduct their daily activities in full safety and the country will progress,” he said.

On May 10, it was reported that the police had agreed to the setting up of IPCMC with the guarantee that their role and power would not be eroded.

This agreement was reached at a meeting between the police and the National Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Centre (GIACC), which was attended by Hamid and other senior police officers and police association leaders.

GIACC director-general Abu Kassim Mohamed said after the meeting that matters of concern to the police were clarified during the discussion.