Dev Kumar calls on Fatimah

Fatimah (fourth right) presenting a souvenir to Dev Kumar after the courtesy visit while others look on.

KUCHING: Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah received a courtesy call from Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar at her office in Baitulmakmur 2 building on Monday (Nov 2).

Effective Nov 20, Dev Kumar will be taking up the Intelligence/Operations deputy director post in the Bukit Aman Crime Division Department.

Fatimah said his leadership has enabled a successful collaboration between Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and her Ministry.

“Especially in dealing with domestic violence, crimes against children, teenage pregnancies and baby dumping, drugs and substances, and offences that are related to it such as theft and petty crimes.

“The efficient and fast action by PDRM in the arrests of suspects and court cases have resulted in an increase of public confidence in the police — a very important factor for public safety and wellbeing,” she said, adding that her ministry also find it easy to get advice from him due to less bureaucracy.

“We thank him for his contribution to Sarawak Women, Children, Family and Community Wellbeing and we wish him all the best in his new post,” she said.

Dev Kumar first came as an Investigating Officer (IO) at Central Police Station from 1982 to 1989 after he completed his courses at the police training centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur.

He also served as head of Sarawak Crime Investigations division (JSJ) from 2015 to 2018 and came back in July 2019 as Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner.

Also present during the courtesy call were the ministry permanent secretary Dr Saadiah Abdul Samat, Welfare Department director Noriah Ahmad, Social Development Council (MPS) executive secretary Dr Zufar Yadi Brendan Abdullah, Childhood Development Division chief Salina Bujang, and members of Sarawak Women and Family Council, Wendy Terang and Mary Tay.