Civil society groups are outraged with the violation of human rights principles and the continued abuse of police powers by the officials of the Royal Malaysian Police.
Almost every day there is some news on the abuse of power be it a death in custody, a police shooting, police abuse of suspects, unlawful arrests and many more.
There seems to be no end to these events. The men in blue who are suppose to uphold the law continue to take the law in their hands. The culture of impunity of the Royal Malaysian Police needs to be arrested and stopped.
We call upon the government under Prime Minister Najib to stop being deaf to the voice of the people, affected communities and members of civil society to implement the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). The IPCMC will ensure that the reputation of the police will no longer be tainted by improper conduct or false accusations but move them to be effective in creating a safe environment for all.
The report done in 2005 is comprehensive, progressive and reformist in nature. To restore public confidence in the police force and to end the violation of human rights by the police, we call upon the government to act with firmness, courage and commitment to implement the recommendations stated in the report for setting up of the IPCMC.
· Implement Recommendation 12 in Chapter 6 – Establishment of the IPCMC
· Table the reading in Parliament at the next sitting
The killings and abuses by the men in blue are serious and never ending. If this persists, it will be a threat to the well being of our nation and the rule of law.
We, the Stop State Violence Coalition, urge the government to have the political will in establishing the IPCMC and adhering to the report. It is high time for the government to implement its own findings initiated through the Royal Commission and make a stand in reforming its police force without any delay.
15 February 2013
This statement iis endorsed by,
1. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
2. Malaysian for Beng Hock
3. Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
4. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
5. Education and Research Association for Consumers (ERA Consumer)
6. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
8. Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)
9. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
10. Community Development Center (CDC)
11. Malaysia Youth & Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)
12. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
13. Community Action Network (CAN)
14. Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (KOMAS)
15. Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
16. Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)
17. Center for Orang Asli Concerns
18. Lawyers For LIberty (LFL)
19. Association of Women Lawyers
20. Amnesty International Malaysia
21. Johor Yellow Flame
22. Kill The Bill
23. Youth section of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
24. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor dan KL
25. Youth Section of Serdang Bahru Alumni
27. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
28. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
29. Johor Yellow Flame
30. Kill The Bill
31. Youth section of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall
32. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor dan KL
33. Youth Section of Serdang Bahru Alumni
34. Association of Women Lawyers
35. Mama Bersih
36. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
37. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM KL & Selangor
38. LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
39. Women’s Centre for Change (WCC)
40. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor
41. Persatuan Mahasiswa Islam UPM (PMI UPM)
42. Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM)
43. Youths for Justice and Peace Movement
44. Transparency International Malaysia