Why new task force on IPCMC, say MPs

The IPCMC bill was aimed at improving the transparency and accountability of the police force.

KUALA LUMPUR: Three opposition MPs have raised an outcry after the government said a task force had been set up to study a bill to create the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission.

Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin said in a written parliamentary reply that a new bill to set up the commission would be presented to the Dewan Rakyat after Cabinet agreement.

However Kampar MP Thomas Su Keong Siong said that, instead of setting up a new task force, the government could just make use of the reports of the special select committee established by the previous government.

He said the issue had been delayed since 2005 with many studies made. However, the select committee’s report was comprehensive and had been recommended by the police and other parties.

“That should be the starting point rather than going back to zero,” he said.

Su with Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng and Klang MP Charles Santiago asked the home minister to explain how much time the task force would take and the necessity for a special task force.

The bill was supposed to be debated in the Dewan Rakyat in March, after being postponed twice.

The proposed IPCMC would replace the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission as a means to improve the transparency and accountability of the police force.