Zahid: Internal affairs board to check on conduct of policemen

Zahid: Internal affairs board to check on conduct of policemen
Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

MALAYSIA - An internal affairs board will be formed within the police force to check on the conduct of police officers, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the board would comprise those who are not from the force, but professionals such as lawyers.

"The move is being implemented now. The Cabinet has also decided that the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) is not the final answer or a right solution to oversee the police force," he told Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan) during Question Time.

Lim had asked the Government to state the measures taken to reduce crime and whether it would include the setting up of the IPCMC.

Zahid also said it was impractical to increase the number of police personnel for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) by 50 per cent. This is because the CID job scope was under the purview of each state and district police chiefs.

Zahid also urged the Sabah and Sarawak MPs to support the amendments to the Crime Prevention Act 1959, which will allow the Government to send more police personnel to the two states.

On Ops Cantas, Zahid told Lim Lip Eng (DAP-Segambut) that 212,259 people suspected to be linked to the underworld had been called in for questioning, while 8,898 people were detained and 289 firearms and weapons were also seized.

He added that those detained comprised 3,842 Malays, 2,485 Indians, 1,088 Chinese and 1,483 from other races.

He said 92 criminals, including 56 Malaysians, were shot dead by the police from 2011 up to this year.

Zahid said standard operating procedures were strictly adhered to when the police had to shoot armed criminals.

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