Amar Singh makes history for Sikhs in Malaysian police force

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| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 19 Feb  2016 | Asia Samachar |
Amar Singh (right) in Bangkok in December 2015 during an investigation in a high profile Malaysian case - PHOTO/ TAN HUI YEE
Amar Singh (right) in Bangkok in December 2015 during an investigation in a high profile Malaysian case – PHOTO/ TAN HUI YEE

Amar Singh, a third-generation cop, made history for the Sikh community in Malaysia today when he was appointed as the chief police officer (CPO) of Kuala Lumpur, with the rank of commissioner. This is the highest rank attained by a Sikh police officer in Malaysia.

Santokh Singh was the last Sikh to be appointed as a state police chief when he was made  Selangor CPO with the rank of SAC 1.

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In another appointment, Supt Baljeet Singh also received a promotion and a bump up in  rank. He has been appointed as the Pulapol Langkawi commandant carrying the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP). Pulapol stands for Pusat Latihan Police (police training centre).

He is currently at the narcotic investigation centre at Maktab PDRM in Kuala Lumpur.

Amar, who had also had a stint at Pulapol Kuala Lumpur – which houses the Gurdwara Sahib Pulapol – is a third-generation cop. His maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh, was a constable in the police force. His dad, Ishar Singh, had joined later.

Amar’s dad left Punjab for Malaya via Calcutta in 1938 at the age of 18. He arrived in Penang and did odd jobs while waiting for an opportunity to join the police force. In 1939, he was accepted into the force and posted to Sitiawan, Perak, after undergoing training, according to one news report (Groomed for the Police Force in The Star, 2012). A copy can be read here.

The report adds:

Ishar was a pioneer member of the police jungle squad which was first established during the Emergency. Squad members would stay in the jungle for up to two months at a time and shift camp in pursuit of terrorists. Ishar retired as a corporal in the Federated Malay States Police (FMSP) in 1971. He worked as a security guard in the Kinta Omnibus workshop and passed away in 1999 at the age of 80, the report adds.

Amar is a third-generation cop as his maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh, was a constable in the police force too. Bachan journeyed to Malaya as a teenager in the early 1900s. He served in among other places, Kuala Kubu Baru, Kuala Lipis and Raub, where Amar’s mother was born. Bachan retired in Klang in the 1940s.

Amar graduated with B.Sc from Universiti Malaya (UM). He also has an LLB from the University of Buckingham, Britain, as well as a Certificate in Legal Practice. He also graduated with a Master’s in Criminal Justice from UM, and a Diploma in Syariah Law and Practice from the International Islamic University Malaysia.

Amar’s first posting was to his hometown in Ipoh in the crime unit and he has had stints in Johor Baru and Klang. His last posting before his present position as Deputy KL CPO was as the 40th and only Sikh commandant of Pulapol from 2007 to 2010. As head, Amar made it compulsory that all trainee officers go to their respective places of worship everyday.

Amar also insisted that all Sikh trainees tied a turban when performing their religious obligations at the Pulapol Gurdwara as “this makes you proud of who and what you are.”

WARRIORS: Sikh officials at the Malaysia Warriors' Day parade in Kuala Lumpur today. (L-R) Lieutenant Commander Parminder Singh, Supt Amar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh and Supp Ravinder Singh.
WARRIORS: Sikh officials at the Malaysia Warriors’ Day parade in Kuala Lumpur today. (L-R) Lieutenant Commander Parminder Singh, Supt Amar Singh, Deputy Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh and Supp Ravinder Singh.

 

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9 COMMENTS

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  2. Amar Singh appointed as next city police chief Police name list of appointments

    THE STAR, Sunday, 21 February 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Comm Datuk Amar Singh will be the next city police chief, says Bukit Aman.

    IGP secretariat corporate communications chief Datin Asmawati Ahmad said DCP Amar, who was Federal CID deputy director (investigation/law), would take over the position from Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa.

    The latter will be transferred to the Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department as the deputy director.

    Federal Special Branch deputy director (E1) Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin will be promoted to the rank of Commissioner while holding his current position.

    Federal Special Branch deputy director (1) Deputy Comm Mohd Haniff Hanuddin will also be promoted to the rank of Commissioner while still holding his current position.

    City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon takes over DCP Amar’s previous position as the Federal CID deputy director (investigation/law).

    Federal Reserve Unit Commander (Federal Internal Security and Public Order) SAC Datuk Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali will take over as the city deputy police chief with the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

    Pahang special branch chief SAC Datuk Riduan Hashim is to be transferred as the Federal special branch principal assistant director with the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

    Subang Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Yahaya Ramli will be made Crime Prevention and Community Safety department chief with the rank of SAC.

    Kedah CID chief Asst Comm Mohd Nashir Ya will be promoted to the rank of SAC.

    “Federal CID secretariat principal asst director Asst Comm K. Manoharan will also be promoted to the rank of SAC,” said Asmawati, adding that Hilir Perak OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain will be promoted as the Pahang special branch department chief with the rank of SAC.

    http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/21/amar-singh-appointed-as-next-city-police-chief-police-name-list-of-appointments/

  3. DEAR READERS, ASIA SAMACHAR WAS QUOTED IN THE REPORT BELOW.

    Sikh appointed police chief of Kuala Lumpur

    Press Trust of India, Kuala Lumpur | Updated: Feb 22, 2016 18:46 IST

    Amar Singh has been appointed the police commissioner of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the highest police rank achieved by a Sikh in the Muslim-majority country.

    Deputy commissioner Amar Singh, in his late 50s, will replace Tajuddin Mohamed, who will move to the federal headquarters as the deputy director of commercial CID (crime investigation department) next month.

    His appointment as Kuala Lumpur police chief was announced on Friday along with several other transfers and promotions, The Star news site reported.

    Amar is a third-generation policeman from his family, according to the Asia Samachar news website.

    His father, Ishar Singh, joined the Federated Malay States Police in 1939, a year after coming to Malaya from Punjab and was a pioneer member of the police jungle squad established during the Emergency, according to a news report.

    His maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh, was a constable who joined the force in the early 1900s.
    Amar did BSc from the University of Malaya here and LLB from the University of Buckingham (UK). He has a diploma in Sharia law.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/punjab/sikh-appointed-police-chief-of-kuala-lumpur/story-pAQ0BDlvccGuk6AYOf8QvO.html

  4. Congratulations to “Sikh warriors” in Malaysia… Pioneer Sikhs in Malaysia and Singapore laid a good foundation for the future generations.. and the fruits of their hard work evident in descendants… Good job… May Waheguru bless our Sikhs to carry out their duties faithfully.

  5. Wonderful. Congratulations. Wasn’t Mr Darshan Singh in the 1970’s also a Commissioner when he was Commissioner of Police Sabah? Just Curious as I was overseas then.

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