PEACE-ful stands for Planning and preparation, Engage and explain, Account, Closure, Evaluation.
Implemented by MACC in 2011, the PEACE-ful model is aimed at stopping suspects or witnesses from being bullied or coerced while encouraging them to open up and provide information voluntarily.
PETALING JAYA: The “PEACE-ful” approach adopted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in gathering evidence bodes well for the organisation, said Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.Really?
“MACC’s acceptance of international best practices bodes well for the commission. We should aim to learn from advanced countries the best ways of carrying out investigation in corruption cases.
“Gone are the days of the rough and rugged approach in questioning suspects. It is no longer relevant and we should move with the times,” Lee said here yesterday.
I don't find that 'peace' essence in MACC. They are still bullying suspects and witnesses. They will harass and humiliate you at your home and workplace.
I was sh ocked that in some cases, MACC would summon suspects and witnesses to its office to give statement. However, while you are doing so, they already sent out 'letter of your arrest' to your employer.
This is meant to embarrass you and your family, and also to spread the message at your workplace that you are already 'guilty' of bribery. Any short-minded employer would either sack of suspend you from work pending the court's decision.
This is not fair but I was told by a senior MACC official that it is their standard operation procedure (SOP) - like it or not!
So, what PEACE are they applying? Pressure, Embarrass, Aggravate, Catch and Expose?
PEACE is practised by law enforcement agencies in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with MACC claiming a 100% rate of acceptance of evidence in court.I guess Lee and Hasmy are blindfolded by this 'PEACE-ful' approach. Suhakam, especially, should find out how MACC officers attend to suspects and witnesses.
The new process is in line with the implementation of Video Interview Rooms (VIR) in all MACC offices and branches nationwide.
The investigating officers, said Lee, should be trained so that their means and methods in acquiring information were in line with the PEACE technique.
In welcoming the MACC’s initiative, Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam described the standard operating procedures as “a method that reflected greater transparency and accountability in its interviewing or evidence gathering process”.
“Suhakam stresses the importance for all enforcement officers to conduct themselves ethically and professionally at all times and to respect and protect human dignity and the fundamental human rights of all people in the discharge of their duties,” said Hasmy in a statement.
There is no good jurisdiction, no smile, no friendly environment. Their objective is to nab anybody involved in corruption - from RM1 to RM1,000,00 and more. They love their job because of the special power in their hands.
And there are cases where those who took RM5 from a traffic offender were sentenced to at least 2 years in jail while those who took RM1,000,000 will spend only 6 months in jail. While in jail, they are placed in the same cell with murderers, rapists, 'kepala samseng' and drug pushers.
Do you know that the MACC is treating vote buying in Umno general assembly next month as very serious but 'allowed' it to happen during the 13th general election?