Liew to look into amendments to IPCMC bill

From left to right: GIACC deputy director-general Anis Yusal Yusoff,  de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong and Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission secretary Mohamad Onn Abd Aziz.

PUTRAJAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong says he will consider amending certain clauses in the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) bill following engagement with members of civil society today.

“They have asked for certain powers given to the prime minister to be deleted and given to the commission,” he told reporters in a press conference after a meeting with the Bar Council, the Society for the Promotion of Human Rights Malaysia (Proham) and other relevant civil society organisations.

He added however that such amendments would require a Cabinet decision.

He said these include limiting some of the powers given to the prime minister in the appointment of commission members, their terms of office, the direction of the commission and the opening of vacancies.

Another proposal put forth by civil society is for a wider definition of complaints to cover abuse, injuries or deaths during police operations outside the police station or police detention.

“They want to include the word ‘operations’ in Clause 47,” he told reporters.

“It’s only a small addition, but as you know it will have larger consequences and may also require some justification.”

Clause 47 relates to complaints on deaths or injuries in police custody or detention.

Liew said less than 10% of the 60 clauses in the draft bill was suggested for amendments by the groups.

“Some of their queries require us to answer them in writing. I have decided that I will take all questions from them today,” he said, adding that the next consultation with the groups will take place in early September.

It was reported on May 10 that the police had agreed to the establishment of the IPCMC with the guarantee that their role and power would not be eroded.

The IPCMC was mooted in 2005 amid calls for a police oversight body following cases or complaints of wrongdoing.

This was met with opposition by many, including former inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun.