85% of Royal Commission on Police enhancement being implemented: No need for IPCMC

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the Internal Security Minister made a visit to the Royal Malaysian Police Head Quarters in Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur this afternoon, for a special closed door briefing and interaction by and with the senior Police Officers.

Accompanying him was Second Minister of Finance Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yaackop, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd. Sidek Hassan and Deputy Internal Security Minister Dato’ Johari Baharom. Amongst invited to this briefing were the the news editors.

Amongst the issue raised in this special briefing was the decision for local authorities to install closed-circuit-television (CCTV) for monitoring and reduction of crime, which is lacking in the implementation. This will be raised again in the weekly Cabinet meeting tomorrow.

In the press conference afterwards, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah announced that 85% of points and suggestion raised by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Police Force, enacted to understudy, record complaints and tasked with rectifying weaknesses, improving work procedures and enhancing the processes and public confidence of the Police Forc was being implemented.

The Royal Commission, headed by former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin and former IGP Tun Mohamed Haniff Omar, was formed after the public outcry against ‘naked-eat-squat–in-Police-lockup’ incidence caught national and international attention, which also saw PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah sending Home Minister Dato’ Azmi Khalid to China, to apologize of behalf of the people of Malaysia and proven to be futile afterall, as the woman wasn’t a Chinese national, as claimed by DAP MP Theresa Kok.

With this announcement, it is clear that there was no longer need for the IPCMC.

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He also said that building owners, especially shopping malls will be required to have CCTV, which also covers the basement carpark area, for the safety of the patrons. In response to this call, IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan said that the CCTVs in these building should be linked to the Police control monitoring centre for enforcement coordination.

*An update, as of 9.00am, Tuesday 9 January 2008

This is what NST reported at 9.00am, Tuesday 9 January 2008:

2008/01/09

PM wants complex, building managements to install CCTVs

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abullah Ahmad Badawi has urged the managements of buildings and complexes to install closed-circuit television camera systems in their premises.

“Once police decide that more cameras are needed in their buildings, the managements should follow the recommendation,” he said yesterday.

Abdullah said building managements should foot the cost of installing the systems.

“If we want to fight crime we have to be serious about it. We are helping them.

“Why can’t they spend some money in order to increase safety at their premises?
“I see that as very logical. The police will help them,” Abdullah said when told that some buildings might not want to fork out the money.

He said the police would take the appropriate action on building managements which did not follow the advice.

Abdullah said in 2004 the cabinet had decided that more cameras should be installed at public buildings and public places.

He said the Housing and Local Government Ministry had been assigned the task but it appeared to have run into problems.

“That is why we now want the police to decide which are the areas where CCTVs have to be placed and the extent of the coverage.”

The decision to bring back retired or retiring police personnel was aimed at beefing up the police force while efforts were being made to recruit an additional 60,000 personnel by 2010, he said.

However, Abdullah said only cops with good service records and in good shape would be retained or rehired.

“They will be retained on contract on the same salary scale. We are leaving it to the inspector-general to determine the number of personnel and the categories in which they are needed,” he said.

Abdullah said the police could start the rehiring immediately.

On the civilians to be recruited for administrative duties, Abdullah said these were mainly for personnel management, clerical work or in public relations.

He said front desk operations, which included taking down police reports from the public, would continue to be done by police personnel.

“We want to increase the personnel in the police stations whose presence will be seen by the public and who can act quickly on investigations,” he said.

Police personnel released from administrative positions could be utilised for beat or traffic duty.

On police stations, Abdullah said it was not easy to build new stations as it involved identifying new sites and acquiring them.

“The stations have to be in the town centres. So I have instructed that police use shophouses in town areas while new stations are being built.

“I call on developers to build new stations or reserve shoplots in their housing schemes for the police to use as stations.”

 

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