Pakatan MPs are calling for the abolition of the EAIC, which is a watered-down version of what the people are asking for. Instead, they want the IPCMC, says Steven Sim.
It has been more than one week after Zairil and I exposed the fact that the sole investigating officer of the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission (EAIC), Mohd. Nadzri Ibrahim was the same Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer who recorded the late Teoh Beng Hock’s statement before he was found dead the next day in MACC premises.
Mohd Nadzri was also implicated by the Bar Council for tampering with evidence in related to Teoh Beng Hock’s case. The EAIC finally dropped him from the taskforce to investigate deaths in custody.
It is indeed a small victory – in fact some sort of encouragement before I go into Parliament for the first time this coming Monday.
While we celebrate this small achievement, we know the challenge is huge before us. Together with our colleagues in Pakatan Rakyat, we are calling for the abolishment of the EAIC, a toothless tiger and a watered-down version of what the people are asking for, the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). We want real substantial change, not mere theatrics and cosmetic makeovers.
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In my last statement, I urged the police to support the establishment of the IPCMC as well. We want the independent body to work not merely as a punitive body against the police, but it should also be responsible for job promotions within the force. That way, our police officers will be promoted based on their performance and capability, not because of political connections. Even former Inspector General of Police, Musa Hassan confessed that in the course of his service, there were a lot of political interventions, including from Cabinet Ministers.
We know the majority of police officers are not happy with this situation and want real reform to restore the dignity and professionalism of the police force. Thus, I want to invite all our “good cops” to come out in full force together with the people to support the establishment of the IPCMC.
Pakatan Rakyat will be tabling a bill on the IPCMC in the coming Parliamentary session. We need just another 23 MPs from Barisan Nasional to support this bill. Is your MP from Barisan Nasional? Write and urge him or her to stand up for the IPCMC today!
Steven Sim is the Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam.