Separation of powers needed for IPCMC, says Pahang CID chief

Pahang CID chief Othman Nayan says the proposed IPCMC is taking on too many roles. (Bernama pic)

KUALA TERENGGANU: A senior police officer has called for separation of powers for the proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to prevent fraud and abuse of power and unjust action against police personnel.

Pahang CID chief Othman Nayan noted that IPCMC will not only have full power starting from receipt of complaint until prosecution but also to mete out punishment.

He said the proposed role of the commission was quite different from legal practices in many democratic countries which had separation of powers and no absolute power after receiving a complaint.

“From receiving the complaint to investigation, prosecution and punishment, it is a complete cycle in the series of any investigation.

“My point here is that the functions are entirely handled by one body, namely IPCMC,’’ he said at a public hearing of the Special Select Committee for Consideration of the IPCMC Bill at Wisma Darul Iman here today.

The hearing was attended by more than 500 police personnel from Terengganu, Kelantan and Pahang.

Othman said there must be separation of powers to prevent fraud and abuse from taking place and unjust action against police personnel.

This, he said, would ensure check and balance, and protect the rights of those being investigated.

“IPCMC can play a role of accepting complaints, processing information and conducting investigations but not to the point of carrying out prosecution and handing out punishment.

“Give the last two roles to other bodies or authorities and this will guarantee justice for all,’’ he said.

IPCMC committee chairman Ramkarpal Singh told reporters the hearing was the last before a recommendation was submitted to the Dewan Rakyat later this month.

He said the committee had held four other sessions – in Sarawak, Penang, Johor and Sabah – to obtain feedback from stakeholders and the public on the IPCMC bill.