PETALING JAYA - The public has a ready-made avenue to complainabout any misconduct by the police and other enforcement officers. The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was set up inApril last year without fanfare under retired Federal Court judgeDatuk Helilah Mohd Yusof with six fellow commissioners and a teamof 26 to "enforce the law on enforcers". The EAIC, which is a statutory body, has purview over 19enforcement agencies, including the Police, Immigration, Customsand Rela. Calling on people with grievances to step forward, Helilah assured:"The identity of complainants will be protected and keptconfidential. |
We also have legal provision to act against those whothreaten, injure or blacklist complainants who give evidence to theEAIC." Section 44 of the EAIC Act 2009 states that anyone who threatens,insults or injures a person for giving evidence to the commissionfaces a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine ofRM100,000. Helilah said the EAIC also has the power to penalise accusedofficers who refuse to attend its hearing. Referring to the Bersih rally last week, Helilah said that peoplewith a genuine grouse on police misconduct should come forward tofile a complaint with the commission. "We can then start the ball rolling to probe their allegations,"she said, adding that bodies like the Bar Council may also lodge acomplaint with the commission.
Helilah, however, stressed that the complainants must have concretegrounds for their grouses and be willing to follow theinvestigations through. "We need complainants to write in and disclose their fullparticulars, details of the incident and supporting facts andevidence," she said. "The commission will act on complaints with full responsibility andintegrity. We will conduct a thorough investigation into eachcomplaint and reports will be forwarded to the relevant authoritiesfor action." She told the public: "If you are serious enough about anymisconduct by any enforcement officer, you need to bring it to ourattention instead of just whining and ranting about it. "Also, do not let fear of delay or conflict of interest hold youfrom reporting to the commission.
Genuine complaints will be probedimmediately." The EAIC was legislated from a recommendation by a royal commissionfor an independent tribunal on the police in 2005. However, objections to the proposal saw the drafting of the EAICAct, which gave the body a wider purview. Those who have enquiries or want to file a complaint with the EAICcan call their hotline at 03-8888 6618, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org,tweet /eaic_gov or visit /eaic.
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