SHAH ALAM, June 12: The establishment of a special task force to investigate the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for police detention by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) will not bring about any benefit.
According to the Padang Serai Member of Parliament, N Surendran, previously there was an establishment of a commission to investigate such matters such as the death of A. Kugan in 2009 after public outrage however; it did not bring about any changes.
Rather, said Surendran, demands and recommendations submitted by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to be established if important to be implemented.
“For us, this is a special team which will not bring about any changes in dealing with the issue of custodial deaths. Thus, we state that the IPCMC should be formed as the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) does not have any power to
“EAIC is an attempt by the government to avoid solving problems of custodial deaths and it is toothless,” he told TV Selangor.
Yesterday, the EAIC announced the names of eight members who will investigate the SOP in two cases of deaths under police custody which was revealed a few weeks ago.
This team will be led by the Chairman of the EAIC, Datuk Helilah Mohd Yusof and the Commissioner of the Commission, Datuk Seri Jacob Ridu, meanwhile the Operations Division Director, Ahmad Mohd Sidek will act as the secretary.