PM: Need for independent investigation body for misconduct claims involving enforcement agencies

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has directed the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) to consider the setting up of an independent complaints mechanism against enforcement agencies.

“I have directed the AGC to study how to set up a mechanism where complaints can be made against the Customs, police, Immigration, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and any other enforcement agency.

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“This could be in the form of a commission,” he said when answering a supplementary question raised by Gobind Singh Deo (PH-Damansara) in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (March 28).

Anwar said he agreed with Gobind that there should be an independent body to investigate enforcement agencies, which was a call made by Pakatan Harapan when serving as the Opposition.

“I remember and will not budge from this stand,” he said.

Although agencies, such as the MACC, had its own internal mechanisms to probe complaints of abuse by their officers, Gobind said this was insufficient as such bodies were not independent.