Home ministry still waiting for full report from task force on Amri, Koh

The task force is preparing a report on Suhakam’s findings that the Special Branch was involved in the disappearance of social activist Amri Che Mat and pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo.

PUTRAJAYA: The home ministry is still waiting for a full report from a special task force established to investigate the disappearance of social activist Amri Che Mat and pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo.

Its minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, said the task force, which was established last June, was given six months to complete its investigation.

“They should have finished the probe (by now) and submitted the report to me for further action,” he told a news conference after flagging-off the East Coast Post-Disaster Humanitarian Mission convoy here today.

On June 26, Muhyiddin announced the setting up of the special task force, headed by former High Court judge Abd Rahim Uda, to probe into the enforced disappearance of the two individuals.

The team is to focus its investigation on the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) allegation that the disappearance of Amri and Koh on Nov 24, 2016, and Feb 13, 2017 respectively, was due to the involvement of the Royal Malaysia Police’s Special Branch.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin wanted firm action to be taken in dealing with criminal activities involving Chinese citizens who are believed to be moving from one state to another to commit cybercrimes.

“If there is any shred of evidence, firm action must be taken to curb it immediately,“ he said.

It was reported that 40 Chinese citizens were arrested by the Perak Immigration Department during a raid on a bungalow in Taman Gopeng, Ipoh, yesterday.

Two of them were believed to have escaped from an operation conducted by the Immigration Department in Cyberjaya last month.

During the raid on a six-storey building in Cyberjaya on Nov 20, the Immigration Department detained 680 Chinese citizens on a suspicion of being involved in online scam activities, but it was believed that more than 100 others had escaped.

On the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) 2019 Bill, Muhyiddin said certain provisions required improvements to ensure the legislation is seen to be fairer and more equitable.

He said the process will involve the inclusion of viewpoints from parties with an interest in law.

“There are many opinions which have not yet to be taken into account. That is why there has been opposition to the bill, and relevant parties need to update certain provisions before the bill is tabled once more in Parliament for debate.”

On Dec 3, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong applied to Parliament to have the second and third reading of the bill postponed to the parliamentary session in March next year.

Liew is reported to have said that the fine-tuning of the bill, through consultations with stakeholders, particularly the police, was needed to facilitate the bill’s implementation once it is passed into law, and to also prevent issues from arising.

Muhyiddin added that the period until the next parliamentary session will be used to settle the issues that have arisen in reference to the bill which had its first reading in Parliament in July this year.

The IPCMC is aimed at replacing the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) for the purpose of improving the integrity and capabilities of the police force, as well as functioning as an independent monitoring body that will receive and investigate complaints about police misconduct.