The Malaysian Bar has called for an urgent investigation into a recent allegation that there was a cartel within the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) seeking to bring down Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador.
“Such an allegation is shocking and seriously erodes public confidence in PDRM,” Bar president AG Kalidas said in a statement today.
He said a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) should be set up to carry out a transparent investigation into the allegations, adding that the IGP’s allegations had cast a bad light over members in the force as a whole.
“The failure to establish an RCI will leave us with many unanswered questions. It may give rise to an inference that there are substantive problems within the PDRM or that those in power have something to hide.
“Only an RCI will help clear the air and help restore public confidence in the many men and women in the police force.”
Kalidas added that the issue had also proven why Malaysia desperately needed to set up the long-proposed Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to investigate complaints against the police.
Last year, home minister Hamzah Zainudin mooted the setting up of the Independent Police Conduct Commission (IPCC) in place of the previous IPCMC, suggested under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration.
“We take the view that the mooted IPCC does not have sufficient disciplinary authority to handle complaints against misbehaving police officers and falls far short of the kind of independent and external oversight body that this nation deserves,” Kalidas said. – FMT