PROHAM welcomes the Home Minister’s commitment in agreeing to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). PROHAM and various other NGOs together with the Bar Council have been pushing for the setting up of the IPCMC since its recommendation by the Royal Commission To Enhance The Operation And Management Of The Royal Malaysian Police in 2005. The setting up of such an oversight body will encourage integrity, deter misconduct, restore accountability and enhance public confidence in policing.
PROHAM also welcomes the move by the Home Minister in agreeing to look into the possibility of repealing the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984, Sedition Act 1948, Prevention of Crime Act 1959 and also to review the mandatory death sentence. The move by the Home Minister in agreeing to look at all other legislations which violates the Rule of Law and fundamental Human Rights is a fresh welcome indeed.
PROHAM also calls on the Government to repeal the National Security Council Act 2016 which was pushed through Parliament in haste. This Act also appears to subvert the Constitutional role of the Yang DiPertuan Agong in “emergency” matters. Despite the Conference of Rulers having directed the government of the day to relook this Act, the Act nevertheless came into force on 1st August 2016.
Finally, PROHAM also calls for the total rewrite of the National Human Rights Action Plan as the one launched by the former Prime Minister in March 2018 falls short of the current global Human Rights standard.
Datuk Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari
Prof Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria
Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia
Society for the Promotion of Human Rights
May 23, 2018