Sabah to get new police commissioner soon

Avila Geraldine

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will get a new police commissioner soon to lead the state police contingent after Datuk Ramli Din is promoted as the Federal Inspector General of Police Secretariat head (Research and Development).

At the moment, the Sabah police commissioner post is temporarily filled by deputy police commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah.

Federal Police Management Division director Datuk Seri Asri Yusoff said the new state police chief would be joining in a week’s time or two.

“This (exchange of duty) is a normal routine. There’s nothing much of an issue. We’re just waiting for an approval and hopefully it will be done maybe by next week.

“We understand that Sabah is a hot state with the Eastern Sabah Safety Zone, so we need to speed this up,” he said in a press conference at Sabah police headquarters in Kepayan here, today.

Earlier, Asri witnessed the handing over of Sabah police commissioner duty from Ramli to Omar.

In his speech, he talked about integrity and competency within the police force while stressing they would go aggressive on drug abuse among personnel and officers.

Asri stressed that police personnel and officers would face termination if they are found involved in drug activities.

Meanwhile, Ramli said in his position as Sabah police commissioner for the past one year and eight months, he had taken strategic and aggressive approach to tackle drug issues in the state.

“Theft contributed 45 per cent to the overall crime index in Sabah and I noticed there was correlation between theft and drug.

“As at Aug 31 this year, we have arrested 9,007 people for various drug offences as compared to the previous year of the same time period (6,725).

“We also seized 23.5kg of drugs as compared to 55kg (last year). Sabah police are on the right track in the effort to tackle drug,” he said.

Speaking on his role as Sabah police commissioner, Ramli said he had carried out his duty responsibly and expressed satisfaction over the state contingent’s performance.

“My biggest challenge was the 14th general election because Sabah is a hot state. However, with the cooperation from my men we were able to go through it without any untoward incidents,” he said.

Meanwhile, Omar said he would continue to lead the state police contingent by focusing on four main aspects namely back to basic, integrity, crime and gambling network, and intelligence key policy. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd