State publicity secretary Steven Sim (right) referred to news reports that three police personnel in Penang have been remanded for allegedly raping an Indonesian woman while she was in custody.
This, he said, has come hot in the heels of the police being criticised for ‘improper' handling of Ahmad Abd Jalil's case in Johor.
Ahmad has been charged under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Act for allegedly insulting the Johor sultan in a Facebook posting.
"The federal government under BN and Umno is not competent and is not able to ensure effectiveness (and) the dignity ... of the police (force).
"The government is more interested in organising public relations campaigns and ordering political probes than using its resources to strengthen the police force in handling cases properly."
Sim, who is also Seberang Perai municipal councillor, said this has directly tarnished the performance and professionalism of the police force.
Pakatan Rakyat, he said, has time and again reiterated the need to reform the police force and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
"We still remember with sadness and anger, the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock, and others like A Kugan and Amirulrasyid Amzah," said Sim.
"Until now, their families are still awaiting justice to be enforced."
'Federal gov't stubborn'
Another example he cited was the death in custody of Cheah Chin Lee, who died 20 minutes after being placed in a lock-up in Penang on suspicion of motorcycle theft.
Cheah's family has expressed frustration that the police have delayed taking action, but the force have insisted that the case is being investigated thoroughly.
Sim pointed out that the Home Ministry has reported 1,531 deaths in custody between 2003 and 2007.
Despite this, he said, the federal government has been "stubborn" in not implementing a 2005 proposal for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission.
"BN and Umno are willing to pawn the image of the police for the sake of political interest," said Sim.
He called on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to "sack" Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for failing to uphold the dignity of the police force.
"Hishammuddin continues to allow one tragedy after another to tarnish the reputation of law enforcers," he lamented.