KUALA LUMPUR, 12 March 2009: The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) bill, unveiled for first reading in parliament yesterday, comes some three years after the proposal for the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
Criticised as being an inadequate alternative, it looks unlikely for the new commission to rid itself of the shadows of the IPCMC unless it performs up to expectation.
The EAIC is the third in a series of reform bills backed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as part of his “Integrity Agenda” which also saw the establishment of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commissions (MACC) and Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC).
The EAIC, tabled by Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, is the second makeover of the original IPCMC bill.
The proposed bill replaces the much-criticised Special Complaints Commission (SCC) bill tabled in late 2007 in place of the IPCMC.
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This article first appeared in www.theedgemalaysia.com under the same title on 11 March 2009. Used with permission.