Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Dirty cops - IPCMC or Police themselves to curb it?

The New Straits Times yesterday put up a front page story on a directive from Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan that he has asked all Officers of Command for Police District (OCPDs) in the whole of Malaysia to watch out for the slightest "hint of abnormal spending habits and lavish lifestyles".

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said for starters, any officer who failed to declare his assets would be asked to produce a show-cause letter and face disciplinary action.

Suspected policemen are followed from the time they get into their vehicles until they reach home. A senior OCPD said under the assessment system, all police personnel were required to declare their assets.

Well, this is of course an applauded approach from the Police force to clean up the force, however, would not it be better if the Independent Police Commission on Misconduct and Corruption (IPCMC) be formed to handle the job, rather than putting it on the hand of a fews in the force's discplinary unit?

To date, the government's reply on the formation of IPCMC is quite standard, that "it is still under study by the Attorney-General Chamber".

I wonder why it takes the Chamber so long to present the bill to the Parliament.
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