February 04, 2004

Commission Will Look Into Possible Need For
Police Revamp, Says Dzaiddin

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 4 (Bernama) -- The Special Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police will look into whether there is a need to revamp the police force, its chairman, Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah said on Thursday.
In a telephone interview after reading the letter of appointment which he received from the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday evening, Dzaiddin said the commission had a challenging task.
"Our terms of reference are to look into the setup of the police and the present state of affairs," he told Bernama.
"This includes the challenges of crime prevention and their work ethics -- what the Prime Minister has in mind."
"It includes the image crisis and the negative public perception as far as the police are concerned. And it will also include their pay structure and why non-Malays are not attracted to join."
The former chief justice said the commission hoped to make recommendations on these issues.
He hoped to meet Home Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Aseh Che Mat on Friday to discuss the timeframe for the commission's work and the visits it had to make.
The commission could also invite submissions from the public, he said.
Dzaiddin said he was very happy with his team of 15 members from all sectors and with various academic qualifications -- including former Inspector-General of Police Tun Mohammad Hanif Omar and current High Court judge Datin Paduka Zaleha Zahari, who he said had experience in the Home Ministry.
"They are a good group of people who can contribute to this Commission," he said.
"The inclusion of former Lord President Tun Salleh Abas is most important," he said, "because with his inclusion he can bring a lot of experience."
Noting that Salleh is now with the Opposition, he welcomed his input.
Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim, president of Transparency International Malaysia, would also be able to provide invaluable experience, Dzaiddin said.
He also welcomed the inclusion of Women's Aid Organisation executive director Ivy Josiah and said the commission would listen to the non-governmental organisation's views.


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