Narinder Singh, the most senior Indian officer in the Malaysia Prisons Department, was made a commissioner last week.
Joining the prisons department in 1988, Narinder is the current director of training.
In the past, many Sikhs had served in the same department, rising to head the many prisons around the country in the 1970s and early 1980s, most of them holding the rank of superintendent or deputy superintendent.
They include Banta Singh who headed the Pudu Prisons, Prithpal Singh (Seremban and Pudu), Inder Singh (Kuching) and Paramjit Singh (Sibu).
“I had the chance to meet them all. They were no more in the service by the time I started,” Narinder told Asia Samachar.
Prior to moving to the department’s headquarters, Narinder headed the prisons at Sungai Buloh and Kajang.
With this appointment, the prisons department now has eight officers holding the commissioner rank.
On the police side, Amar Singh, a third-generation cop, made history for the Sikh community in Malaysia in 2016 when he was appointed as the chief police officer (CPO) of Kuala Lumpur, with the rank of commissioner. This was the highest rank attained by a Sikh police officer in Malaysia.
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