12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 (Bernama) -- The proposed establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) will result in overlapping jurisdictions and laws among the county's enforcement agencies.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the proposed setting up of the IPCMC was also rejected by the government as it was not in line with the Federal Constitution and was against the concept of justice.

"The government also opines that if the new body is formed, its jurisdiction should not be limited to investigating the police but should also cover all the enforcement agencies. That is why we set up the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (SIAP).

"We trust SIAP is capable of monitoring misconduct of the members of enforcement agencies including the police force, so I am appealing to all quarters to give SIAP time to carry out its work."

Ahmad Zahid said this when winding up the debate for his ministry on the motion of thanks for the royal address in the Dewan Rakyat today.

He stressed that his ministry had not been manipulating the crime index as claimed by the opposition, as all the statistics with regard to the crime cases solved were entered into the computer.



He said those who lodged police reports could monitor the developments of the investigations carried out and he assured that all reports made were fully investigated.

However, he admitted that the crime rates had gone up drastically of late and that it had to do with the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance which resulted in more than 2,600 serious crime cases.

"Previously, the criminals detained under this ordinance were involved in serious crime and were organised. Now such criminals are around after the Emergency Ordinance has been abolished. That is why all parties must work with the police in this matter," he said.

Earlier, there was a heated exchange of words between Ahmad Zahid and Gobind Singh (DAP-Puchong) after the opposition member accused the former of not being fit to be Home Minister.

Gobind questioned why the police did not investigate Ahmad Zahid following a police report lodged against the latter for alleged assault.

However, Ahmad Zahid hit back at Gobind by saying that the Puchong MP chose to raise the issue in the Dewan Rakyat as he had a vested interest.

"This case is not a criminal case but a civil case. For the information of this august House, Puchong (Gobind) has a personal interest (in this case) as he is the defence counsel. (For your information) Puchong, the police report was made in 2006. I was not the home minister then," he said.