Malaysia’s top Sikh cop Amar Singh Ishar Singh will be retiring tomorrow (5 Dec 2018) after an illustrious career that saw him coming in the limelight on numerous occasions.
The third generation police retires as a Police Commissioner, the highest rank achieved by an Indian in the Malaysian police force.
He was made history for the Sikh community in Malaysia when he was appointed as the Kuala Lumpur police chief chief police officer, with the rank of commissioner, on 19 Feb 2016.
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 Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SAC) 1.
He broke the glass ceiling for the community again when, effective 14 Oct 2017, he was appointed as the commercial crime investigation director at the Malaysian police headquarters.
He becomes the first Indian and Sikh cop to become a director at Bukit Aman, as the Malaysian police headquarters is usually referred to.
Amar Singh’s father and maternal grandfather were both policemen.
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. He retired as a corporal in 1971 and died in 1999 at the age of 80.
Amar Singh’s maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh, was a constable who joined the force in the early 1900s. He was reported to have served in Kuala Kubu Baru, Kuala Lipis and Raub, and retired in Klang in the 1940s.
Itinerary | 5 Dec 2018 (Wednesday) | Gurdwara Sahib Pulapol, Kuala Lumpur
1pm-2.20pm: Kirtan darbar
2.20pm-2.45: Dasmesh Band performance
2.45pm-4pm: High Tea
4pm-4.15pm: Beating the Retreat Ceremony at Marching Square, Pulapol
Top Sikh cop Amar Singh now director at Bukit Aman (Asia Samachar, 10 Oct 2017)
PDRM confirms rank of commissioner for Amar, ACP for Baljeet (Asia Samachar, 9 Feb 2017)
Amar Singh makes history for Sikhs in Malaysian police force (Asia Samachar, 19 Feb 2016)