No more delays with IPCMC, Sosma and Sedition Act, Ambiga tells PH

Lawyer and human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan says delays by the government are unacceptable.

KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan wants to know why some Pakatan Harapan MPs are apparently objecting to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).

“I would like to know what is the objection (about)? I would like to know because the delays are unacceptable,” she said on the sidelines of the Human Rights Day forum here today.

Ambiga said the PH government had had enough time to consider any objection, referring to the Dec 3 postponement of the second reading of the IPCMC bill in the Dewan Rakyat after it had been tabled.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong had said that the tabling was postponed to refine the bill to facilitate its implementation, and to avoid any unwanted issues from arising once it was passed.

“I don’t buy the (government’s explanation) that more time is needed because enough work has been done on it. So, enough with the excuses,” said the former Bar Council president.

Asked if the delay could have been due to fine-tuning, Ambiga said: “They have been giving enough excuses. I see it as a delaying measure.”

She urged the government to table the bill in March, as promised.

Liew had told the Dewan Rakyat on Dec 3 that the bill would be tabled in March.

Ambiga noted that the government had also been postponing other promised law reforms, such as the repeal of the death penalty.

“It has been adjourned and adjourned. We are nearly two years into Pakatan rule but the promised repeals have not happened,” she said.

This includes the repeal of the Sediton Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, better known as Sosma.

Ambiga said she was voicing out as she was frustrated over the delay.

“There should be no more delays because right now, no one believes them as there are all these adjournments. No one believes what they are telling us because their credibility is so short right now,” she said, adding that PH had to do something to regain credibility.

Asked about police objecting to IPCMC, she said: “They will be worried because what they (police) want is a fair process. We just have to ensure that it’s a fair process and get on with it.”