International Conference on Principled Policing: Rule of Law, Public Order and Sustainable Development

Date : 13 FEBRUARY 2012 to 14 FEBRUARY 2012
Time : 8.00am
Venue : Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Sunway

The International Police Conference was intended to provide a platform for an exclusive audience on principled policing in the 21st century. While the participants were expected to come mainly from ASEAN and the region, the resources and the expertise were drawn from the international arena.

The World Bank's most recent annual report connected some very important but often overlooked dots between conditions of war and violence and the absence of economic development. In seeking economic development, preconditions of social capital must be first put into place. Economic development cannot happen under conditions unfavourable for predictable risk and enjoyment of future returns. Security of life, liberty and property, enforcement of titles and contracts, minimal abuse of power and oppression – call forth for economic progress. In any society, those who enjoy these amenities prosper more than those denied their advantages.

Principled policing is the foundation for progress and for social justice. There is no more important precondition for rapid economic, social and cultural development than principled policing. Where policing is unprincipled, corruption and rent seeking throttle in the crib many entrepreneurial efforts, particularly among those without capital resources and dependent on favourable patronage. Where policing is unprincipled, the Rule of Law cannot emerge nor can human rights be fully respected. Where policing is unprincipled, judges are compromised and lawyers are irrelevant defenders of fairness and justice.

Evil was once defined as the "hole in the center of the donut". It's right in front of us but we don't see it; it takes up space that we see as not worth noticing.

So when we conventionally affirm the importance of the Rule of Law or democracy as preconditions for social justice and economic development, there is a hole in the center of the donut. What we overlook – what holds up disrespect for the Rule of Law or betrays democratic responsibilities – is policing.

The Principled Policing Conference was a structure to capture experience-based observations and produce guidelines to enable current and aspiring police personnel to achieve and sustain success in today's globalised and competitive world. The conference was jointly organised by The Royal Malaysia Police and in association with the Caux Round Table and International Institute for Public Ethics, on 13 and 14 February 2012 at the Sunway Hotel Resort and Spa, Bandar Sunway, Malaysia.