| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 11 May 2016 | Asia Samachar |
There are 275 Punjabis in the Malaysian police force, a far cry from the once numerous and visible presence of the community.
They make up 0.21% of the 133,212 strong force, according to statistics released at the Malaysian parliament yesterday (25 May 2016).
In a written reply to a query from an MP, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also the deputy prime minster, said there was a need to address the racial disparity among the ranks as the non-Malays now make up only 5% of the force.
“Of the total, 80.23% or 106,871 are Malays, while Chinese make up only 1.96% (2,615), Indians 3.16% (4,209), Punjabis 0.21% (275) and others 14.44% (19,242),” he said, as reported in The Star.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Amar Singh is the currently the highest ranking police office among the Sikhs in the force.
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