I refer to the malaysiakini report Advise IGP to step down, Pak Lah told.
Unless the IPCMC is enacted comprising eminent figures from reputable NGOs and including foreigners, to trust the police to charge their fellow comrades is like expecting the military junta of Myanmar to charge itself.
Further, if the political system is abysmal, powerful politicians and those connected can render and bribe venal cops to carry out certain misdeeds. Who then are they (the cops) to be afraid of? I would say that rampant corruption is also one of the contributing reasons for the failure of the enactment of the IPCMC to date.
Irving Goldstien wrote: 'In most criminal matters, the production of evidence comes from one source - the police. Obvious potential for abuse exists, including misleading and wrongly obtaining evidence as is shown by the findings of The New South Wales Royal Commission of 1997 (The Wood Commission) and earlier findings of the Queensland Commission (Fitzerald) Commission Of Inquiry of 1989.
'To give the court and the public confidence in the accuracy and completeness of police evidence, I (the author) suggest appointing reviewing officials not supplanting the police or assuming an active investigative role but having oversight of police investigations, authority to recommend further inquiries and if necessary the power to require any bona-fide exculpatory leads to be followed up.'
In the interim, in Malaysia, to complain against a police officer to the police is like a Jew complaining against Hitler to the Gestapo during WWII.