First ever multi-faith talks for Malaysian police officers

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| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 19 July 2016 | Asia Samachar |
KL police chief Amar Singh (3rd form left) with some of the speakers from the various faiths. The include (L-R) Christopher Tan (Christian), Dr Karminder Singh, Charlie Chia Lui Meng (Buddhist), Basker Yogi (Hindu) and Dr Sarjit Singh - PHOTO / ASIA SAMACHAR
KL police chief Amar Singh (3rd form left) with some of the speakers from the various faiths. The include (L-R) Christopher Tan (Christian), Dr Karminder Singh, Charlie Chia Lui Meng (Buddhist), Basker Yogi (Hindu) and Dr Sarjit Singh – PHOTO / ASIA SAMACHAR

More than 400 police officers from the Hindu, Buddha, Christian and Sikh faiths serving in Kuala Lumpur took part in the first ever program to pick up the finer points of their respective faiths.

The one-day event was declared open by Kuala Lumpur Police Chief Commissioner Amar Singh.

“Make full use of the learning here to enhance your knowledge on your own religion so that we can be better officers.

“If you are a Christian, be a very good Christian; if you’re a Buddhist, be a better Buddhist….Whatever religion you profess, be good at it,” he said in his opening speech at the police training centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, today.

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“Our intention is to instill good values in them so that they become better police officers, and better citizens, of the country,” he told a press conference later.

The idea began with separate, small-scale programme for officers from the various faiths. However, Amar decided to pull them together in a bigger event.

“We begin together as one big family,” he told the assembled group of multi-faith officers who turned up for the ‘Program Penerapan Nilai-Nilai Murni Agama Hindu, Buddha, Kristian Dan Sikh, Siri 1/2016’.

Such programmes are regularly held for Muslim officers.

“This is great,” one participating officer told Asia Samachar. “Other state police contingents should follow suit. It is a good way to boost the morale of the police force.”

The police have invited subject specialists to conduct sessions for the respective faiths.

The Sikh speakers were senior civil servant and Sikh lay-preacher Dr Karminder Singh Dhillon and academician Associate Prof Dr Sarjit Singh from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Sikh policemen and speakers in a group photo with Kuala Lumpur Deputy Chief Police Officer Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali - PHOTO / ASIA SAMACHAR
Sikh policemen and speakers in a group photo with Kuala Lumpur Deputy Chief Police Officer Abdul Hamid Mohd Ali – PHOTO / ASIA SAMACHAR

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