Looks like PM is taking the RC's recommendations seriously this time.
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Govt To Set Up Commission On Police Misconduct, Says Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- The government has agreed to set up an independent commission to receive complaints on and monitor police misconduct as soon as possible in an effort to improve the police service, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday night.
He said the Attorney-General's Chambers was looking into the details before the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was set up.
Speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Umno Supreme Council at the Umno headquarters here, Abdullah said 25 per cent of the 125 recommendations of the Special Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police had been implemented thus far and the rest would be implemented in the short and long term.
The setting up of the commission on police complaints and misconduct was recommended by that special commission as well as the Commission of Inquiry into the Standard Operating Procedures, Approaches or Regulations in the handling of Body Search in Connection with Arrest and Detention by the Police.
Abdullah said these matters were not discussed at the Umno Supreme Council meeting but at the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Implementation Committee which he had chaired this morning.
Abdullah said he had examined 80 per cent of the 125 recommendations of the special commission so far.
He said this when asked to comment on a statement by the chairman of the two commissions, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah, who had wanted to know the extent of implementation of the 125 recommendations.
Abdullah said the meeting this morning called for proper implementation of the recommendations made by the special commission.
On the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, Abdullah said it would be a permanent commission and could receive complaints directly from the public.
Nevertheless, he reminded the people to make complaints with basis and not baseless allegations.
Abdullah said the police had immediately applied the recommendations pertaining to body search of people in detention as provided by the Commission of Inquiry into the Standard Operating Procedures, Approaches or Regulations in the handling of Body Search in Connection with Arrest and Detention by the Police.
On criticism by Mohamed Dzaiddin that police were insensitive to human rights, Abdullah said it was not the Royal Malaysia Police as an institution but perhaps incidents that were seen as giving the impression that there was insensitivity towards human rights.
Abdullah, who is Umno President, said the party's general assembly this year would be held after the Hari Raya Puasa.
Umno was examining the draft of the Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2010), he said, adding that he was prepared to ensure that the plan would make Malaysia a developed and successful country.