The police force has raised concern among many Malaysians especially in the wake of recent cases of alleged abuse of power, corruption, the ‘nude squats’ incident, the alleged use of violence in the fuel hike protests in KL, and the allegation that a 61-year-old woman was stripped.
Politicians, people in the street, women’s groups, and civil society groups had previously voiced their concern and called for a serious and systematic investigation into the police, which culminated in the establishment of a Royal Commission. The Commission in turn made a number of recommendations, one of which was to set up an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
A few days ago, three human rights organisations, namely Aliran, Hakam and Suaram, made a collective plea to the government to set up the IPCMC.
Yet, major newspapers found it fit not to report this civil society plea. theSun did mention the NGOs’ statement on the IPCMC, along with a similar call made by the parliamentary human rights caucus.
The Star, however, only mentioned what the parliamentary human rights caucus had to say about the IPCMC. Obviously, the so-called ‘People’s Paper’ seems to think that the voice of civil society is not worthy of coverage.
The pro-establishment New Straits Times, as if not to be outdone, decided that this IPCMC thingy was mere poppycock and therefore did not merit a mention in any of its precious pages. It really makes one wonder what this old daily considers to be real news.