Call to retain Sarawakian cops serving in state

Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi

KUCHING: The Home Ministry and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are urged to devise a mechanism to retain Sarawakian police officers who are currently serving in the state.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi lamented that the department seeks to reduce the percentage of Sarawakian police officers working in the state to 40 percent from the current 70 percent or more.

“It is said to be related to the issue of rotation, placement in sensitive positions and provision of opportunities for officers and members serving elsewhere to return to their home states.

“However, worryingly, the process will involve a reduction of up to 30 percent, a relatively large percentage and of course involving officers of various ranks.

“I think this matter needs to be looked into in detail, including the rationale behind the reduction measures as it raises concerns among the officers and members involved, as well as their families,” he said in a statement on Sunday (Nov 29).

He was responding to an announcement by Bukit Aman management director, Datuk Ramli Din, who on Nov 20 said the department seek to reduce the numbers as the quota previously was only 40 percent.

Nanta, who is Kapit MP, said the proposed reduction is puzzling as there have been no problems or issues involving security forces in Sarawak.

“I do not intend to interfere in the administrative affairs of the police or the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN), but an explanation is necessary to avoid certain perceptions or sentiments among the people of Sarawak.

“As the people’s representative who represents the voice of Sarawak, this matter needs to be raised so as to be given due attention by the top management of Bukit Aman,” he said.

Nanta said while it is alright for Sarawakians to be moved elsewhere due to promotion or to gain experience, it can also be inconvenient for those approaching retirement age and having a family.

“Also of concern, are actions that could include restricted promotion opportunities if they fail to comply with transfer orders.

“I am sure that there are mechanisms that are more suitable for handling the promotions of officers and then remain to sow devotion in their own states.

“The top leadership of the police especially Inspector General Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador is welcome to refine this matter and find the best solution,” he said.