THE postponement of the second reading of the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill to the next Parliament session has come as no surprise since the police have, of late, begun to gradually show semblances of resistance to the formation of this watchdog body.
This should not be the case as the IPCMC in due course would transform the police into a more respected and trusted arm of the criminal justice system and would be less pressured to appease the Executive branch of government.
The move is undoubtedly a disappointing and regressive step on the road to fulfilling the reforms promised by new Malaysia. It delays the opportunity for the police to become more independently accountable to the rule of law, conforming strictly to the balance and separation of powers in a potent criminal justice system.
Obviously, it would be difficult in the beginning for the police but they would gradually evolve into the nation’s bastion for the rule of law. History has shown their strength in adapting and facing challenges. It is only the matter of choosing the right people for the job.
The police themselves must realise the need to tilt towards the judicial arm and move away from the immense influence of the Executive branch.