- Zaid Kamaruddin, the Chair of Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) cum Deputy President of Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia , read out the statement during the press conference. He further stressed the importance of police and authorities maintaining public trust and confidence and hoped that it will not come to the situation described by Malay proverb harapkan pegar, pegar makan padi.
- Tarmizi Anuwar from Centre to Combat Cronyism and Corruption (C4) stated that PDRM and MACC are two vital law enforcement agencies in the country and no outside influence should interfere with their duties.
- Dobby Chew from SUARAM stated that SUARAM’s opined that on the issue of abuse by law enforcement agencies, the officers involved and the supervising officers must be held responsible.
- Tan Yew Sing, the Vice Chair of GBM cum Vice Chair of Merdeka University Berhad mentioned that the demand for IPCMC is nothing new and has been a consistent demand of civil society for years but in the last few years the situation has been deteriorated and this marks the urgency for IPCMC to be established.
Civil Society Joint Press Statement| Released at Press Conference on 21 June, 2017 (Wednesday), 11am, KLSCAH
Government is urged to restore public confidence on MACC and PDRM
We, the undersigned, are very concern by the allegations that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is being pressured by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to drop its investigation on possible police misdeeds in the form of a protection racket for criminals. It is alleged that this misdeed implicates senior police officials across several states. These allegations can seriously undermine not only the public trust in Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) as an institution of public security but also the credibility of the government as a whole.
We call upon MACC to continue its investigations on alleged police links with criminal figures without fear and favour. They must, if such criminal activities in PDRM is proven to be true, bring these culprits to justice and help PDRM to restore public confidence and removing a stain to its honour.
We also call upon the PMO to publically answer these allegations as to whether it has used its influence to dissuade the MACC from carrying out its investigation into PDRM. In addition, PMO must publically state that it will not interfere nor impede on the latter’s investigation into PDRM. It’s only by taking such a public stance, can PMO restore the public confidence that the government is committed to the rule of law together with transparency and accountability which make up good governance.
The MACC must remain as an independent unit that will operate without influence from any quarters especially from government departments, government officials or political personalities.
We also called upon the government to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to ensure that PDRM remains free of criminal elements and abuse of power. Failure to address those allegations and to put in proper checks and balances into the PDRM will erode public confidence on this venerable institution which have serve Malaysia so well.
We call upon the government to take the above steps as soon as possible so that the MACC can carry out its duties and resolve any doubts that the public might have PDRM and the government’s commitment to good governance in the country.
(For further enquiry, please contact coordinating unit, GBM Secretariat, 03 -2272 3594 / 017 3985 606 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Endorsed by: (as of 10am on 21/6/2017)
1) Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAMAN)
3) Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia foundation (BoPiM)
4) Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4)
5) Community Action Network (CAN)
6) Community Development Centre (CDC)
8) Federation Of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)
9) Friends of Kota Damansara (FoKD)
10) Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
11) Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
12) JIHAD for JUSTICE
13) Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
14) LLG Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
15) Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)
16) Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)
17) Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA)
18) Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)
19) Merdeka University Berhad
20) National Indian Rights Association (NIAT)
21) Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)
22) Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara (ALIRAN)
23) Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)
24) Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM)
25) Projek Dialog
26) Pusat KOMAS
27) ONE RACE-HUMAN RACE
28) Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)
29) SAVE Rivers
30) Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
31) Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
32) Tamil Foundation (TF)
34) Tindak Malaysia (TM)
35) United Chinese School Alumni Associations of Malaysia (UCSAAM)
36) United Voice Against Racial/Religious Fanatics
37) WE ARE MALAYSIANS