SIBU: The police force always welcomed the Chinese and Indian communities in the country to join the force if they can meet the necessary criteria.
This was pointed out by Bukit Aman’s Criminal Investigation Department Director Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd during a press conference after a working visit to Sibu District Police Headquarters here yesterday.
“The intake of Chinese officers is not many and this might be due to the poor response from the community.
“In fact we have made a special intake for the Chinese community to join the police force, unfortunately they prefer other jobs. Maybe it is the environment which makes the Chinese preferring to do business,” he said when asked on when Bukit Aman would solve the pressing needs of Chinese translators to write reports from those who are not well versed in Bahasa Malaysia or English.
He added that Bukit Aman has a team that goes round telling not only the Chinese but also Indians to join the police force.
“Recruitment of the police force is now made easier as those interested can apply online unlike previously when the police have to advertise in newspapers,” Wan Ahmad said.
Accompanying him were Bukit Aman Secretariat Assistant Director, DCP Datuk K. Manoharan and ACP Lily Choo.
On his visit, Wan Ahmad said he picked Sibu first as it was his first posting when he completed his police training 39 years ago.
He said there are 28 district police stations in Sarawak and he and his team will visit only 20 of them.
Meanwhile, Wan Ahmad told reporters that he was among 25 police officers who were posted to Sarawak in 1980.
“My first posting was to Sibu Central Police Station as a young police officer and after one year I was transferred to Miri where I served for four years then to Baram and back to Kuala Lumpur.
“I gained a lot of experiences here. This place is very nostalgic for me. So I come here first and later we will go to Baram and Miri before flying to Kuching,” he said.
His visit involved inspecting police stations, auditing on the stations’ general cleanliness, lock-up, vehicles and also how effective the personnel have been in discharging their duty as law enforcers.