IPCMC not in the pipeline, says Nazri
KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — The government has no plans to set up an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz in Parliament today.
To a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR-Permatang Pauh), he said the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission set up on April 1, last year was sufficient to investigate complaints of misconduct against enforcement personnel in the country.
On March 25, 2008, then prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that the draft IPCMC Bill was ready to be presented to the Cabinet before being tabled in Parliament.
But it was deferred as Parliament was dissolved that year to make way for the 12th general election.
Anwar had asked whether the government would set up the IPCMC to enhance police integrity, especially in the face of allegations of misconduct by police personnel during the Bersih 3.0 rally.
Replying to Anwar’s original question on alleged police brutality towards media personnel and the public during the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, Mohamed Nazri said from video recordings and following investigations, two policemen were charged in the Magistrate’s Court on May 28 under Section 352 of the Penal Code for using criminal force on a Guanming Daily photographer at the Bersih 3.0 rally.
Replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) who asked about the government’s action against those involved in the Bersih 3.0 fracas, Nazri said: “The Attorney-General’s Chambers has assured that it would take action against them”.
“We are colour blind, whoever flouts the law ... if we have solid evidence, we will bring the Permatang Pauh MP (Anwar) and Gombak MP (Azmin Ali) to court,” he said.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said as at last month, Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) had completed 17,790 “people-friendly houses” (RMR) nationwide.
“SPNB has built 474 RMR units in Sarawak and is in the process of building another 110 units,” he said in reply to Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN-Bintulu). — Bernama