IGP Ismail Omar announced that investigations into allegations of police brutality during the Bersih rally are to be made known to the public. The police is said to have established a number of committees to investigate the allegations aimed at establishing the truth, hopefully without prejudice to the parties being investigated, that could then redeemed public support and confidence towards the police force. Beside these police investigations, SUHAKAM and the Health Ministry are said to be conducting some form of investigation also related to the Bersih rally. I think this is good as more investigations are conducted by different agencies/bodies, the people could then accept the findings to be more balanced and fair.
There have however been some comments made with regards to the police conducting an investigation on the conduct of its own members. I too have some reservation concerning this as there is always the tendency to be bias when investigating someone of your own kind. If it were an investigation that is confine to the police only without a third party involvement, than I deem the investigation proper. However, in the case of the rally, there were many parties involved and it would not be proper if such parties are not called in to have their statements taken. I would have thought that rather than have so many parties investigating, let there be just one properly constituted investigation body, incorporating right minded members of the public, NGO’s, members of the legal fraternity and the police to wholly investigate the complaints reported, either to the police, SUHAKAM or elsewhere. Such an investigative body formed, I think should be well received by the public.
Let me be forthright by saying that I am not in any way discrediting nor doubting the intention of the police to conduct their investigation on reports of alleged police brutality. Rather, let’s allow them to do their job, and as professionals I believe they will do their job well. I also believe that what they are trying to do hopefully is also to find ways and methods to further improve the performance of the police in dealing with a public rally in the future………not one that is arrogant, violent and abrasive, but a police force that is truly the people’s force.
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