PETALING JAYA: Acryl Sani Abdullah has officially taken over the role of inspector-general of police (IGP) today.
The handing-over ceremony was witnessed by deputy home minister Ismail Mohamed Said at Bukit Aman.
The minister, Hamzah Zainudin, was absent but the reason was not known.
Acryl Sani replaces Abdul Hamid Bador, who retires today after two years of serving as the nation’s top cop. Hamid was at the handing-over ceremony.
Acryl Sani, 59, was appointed the deputy IGP last August, replacing Mazlan Mansor, who retired after 41 years of service.
He had previously led the Commercial Crime Investigation Department, the Strategic Resources and Technology Department, and the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department at Bukit Aman.
In his farewell speech, outgoing IGP Hamid expressed concern over the police force’s reputation in the eyes of the public.
“In the deep corner of my heart, I am upset that the police are still struggling on the issue of the people’s perception of the force.
“We may not be able to satisfy all 32 million Malaysians, but we can improve our delivery by performing our duties with integrity and always enjoining good and forbidding evil,” he said.
The police recently received a wave of criticism from the public over the enforcement of Covid-19 regulations and issuing compounds that some argued were “excessive”.
This included a burger seller in Kota Bharu, Kelantan being fined RM50,000 for operating beyond the permitted business hours.
Hamid also hoped that the government would focus on hiring more police personnel and improving their assets to enable them to fight more crime.
Meanwhile, Hamzah, whose speech was read out by Ismail, thanked Hamid for his service to the country throughout his tenure.
Hamzah also congratulated Acryl Sani on his appointment, adding that he was confident the new IGP would be able to effectively carry out his responsibilities based on his vast experience within the force.
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