So we are going to have a royal commission of inquiry to look into the MACC’s investigative procedures and an inquest into Beng Hock’s death.
The government can no longer ignore public outrage over what has happened. Politically, Beng Hock’s death has shattered whatever “feel good” effect brought about by the Najib adminstration’s recent public relations initiatives.
By setting up a commission of inquiry and inquest, the Najib administration, apart from its stated objective of uncovering the truth, hopes to quell the anger over what has happened.
While many would welcome the setting up a commission of inquiry, we need to ask what impact previous commissions of inquiry have had.
What is the status of the key recomendations of those inquiries… into the operations of the police, the nude squats video, the Lingam video…
Is anyone even monitoring the status of the implementation of those recommendations?
We still don’t have an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, the most important recommendation of the royal commission looking into the operations and management of the police.
Has our judiciary regained its independence and enhanced its credibility following the Lingamgate commission of inquiry?
Are the human rights of suspects and detainees now respected and upheld after the nude squats commmission of inquiry?
A high-level commission of inquiry is often a useful instrument for political leaders: it is like a sponge that can soak up public disquiet until the public forgets and moves on to the next hot potato. Whether anything positive and far-reaching will come out of the coming inquiry remains to be seen.