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IPCMC is a pipe dream, Guan Eng — A. Kadir Jasin

NOV 19 — In my posting of October 30 under the title “KKIA Blackout: Not Much Will Change”, I said bravo to the Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Yee Moh Chai for wanting heads to roll over the two-day runway blackout at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) last month.

And I said I was foolish in sharing his sentiments because in Malaysia, heads do not roll, more so when the KKIA operations had gone back to normal.

Now, in the same foolish, wishful manner, I am saying bravo, bravo, bravo to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for renewing call for the formation of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) following rape allegations against three mata-mata in Butterworth.

The three mata-mata — Syahiran Romli, 21, Nik Sin Mat Lazin, 33 and Remmy Anak Dana, 25 — have been charged in the Butterworth Sessions Court and, as expected, they pleaded not guilty.

They are charged with raping and forcing an Indonesian woman to perform oral sex on them at Room 4, Prai police station barracks between 6.40am and 7.30am on November 9.

No sooner that the Butterworth mata-mata were charged, another Indonesian woman was reported raped, also by mata-mata — this time in Seremban.

I said bravo three times to Lim as against one for Yee because Lim is a chief minister, an opposition leader and last, but not least, because he often calls me “sifu”.

Like in Yee’s case, I will also foolishly join Lim in making the call for the formation of the IPCMC although I know it will be futile.

The IPCM proposal was the brainchild of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police (2004/05), which in turn was the brainwave of (Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi when he was prime minister.

Who cares about IPCMC anymore?

After seven year of nothing, I think it is safe to consider the IPCMC proposal dead and buried.

Consider this. If the Barisan Nasional government under Abdullah, which formed the commission, was not interested in establishing the IPCMC, why should the BN government under Najib Razak be bothered?

If the BN government under Najib had swept aside Islam Hadhari, which was the corner stone of Abdullah’s administration, why should he want to bother establishing something that was proposed to Abdullah and he (Abdullah) did nothing about it?

I have this to say. If Lim and his Pakatan Rakyat collaborators are serious about establishing the IPCMC, I suggest that they work extra hard to form the central government after the next general election. When they occupy Putrajaya, I hope they will walk the talk by forming the IPCMC.

In the meantime, we can only ask what is the home minister and IGP doing about the falling public trust in policing other than issuing worthless “amaran” and, when cornered, “minta maaf”?

Can we seriously improve law and order, and re-establish public confidence in the police by issuing a string of worthless warnings and apologising for kissing the kris? Wallahualam. —

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.



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