I READ with interest the government’s decision to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to replace Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC). Any mechanism in place to check and balance an organisation is indeed laudable.
Nonetheless, why only specifically for the police department? There are other numerous enforcement agencies in the country where misconduct of officers is also prevalent that needs to be curtailed.
We must take into account that in any big organisation like the police department, there are bound to be black sheep who will tarnish the organisation. Admittedly, the police fall very low in the corruption index but to set up IPCMC solely for the police is rather demoralising for the more than 100,000 members of the force.
A commission of such kind must cover all the enforcement agencies, the Customs, Road Transport Department, Fire and Rescue Department and others.
We appreciate the new government’s efforts to rid the country of corruption and provide efficient service to the public but it is hoped that the government will reconsider the move to introduce a commission to cover all agencies.
DATUK WEE BENG GEE
Resource : The Star Online