By Manvinder Kaur | MALAYSIA |
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) G/8223 Harjinder Kaur D/O Gurdial Singh retires on 21 January 2019 from the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP). This highest ranking Malaysian police Sikh lady has served the police force with full dedication and patriotism for 41 years, 1 month and 10 days.
ACP Harjinder followed her father’s footsteps, Late Sardar Sergeant 367 Gurdial Singh S/O Ishar Singh, who originated from Punjab, India and served in the Malaysian police force for 34 years. On this note, even her father-in-law, late Sardar Charan Singh S/O Arjan Singh, was a Malaysian police Sergeant 6510.
Hailing from a family of police background, this Iron Lady in Blue has achieved various milestones in her career.
She started her police career with the rank of Inspector on 11 December 1977. She has served in various ranks and capacities, in the local district, contingent and headquarters levels.
Among the police departments she served included the Special Branch, Management Department, Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Anti-Money Laundering (AMLA) under the IGP’s Secretariat, and her last post as the CCID Chief in the Selangor contingent.
Based on her achievements and good performance, ACP Harjinder was honored with many medals and awards at the federal and state levels (PSPP, KMN, PPP, AMN, AIS, PPA, PJPN).
While serving in the hotspot Klang district in Selangor, she was awarded “Wanita Cemerlang Selangor Award”, a distinguished award by the Sultan of Selangor in 2002.
During her career, she escorted many VVIPs including then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Princess Hitachi of Japan providing protective security.
ACP Harjinder comes from a highly qualified academic family where five of her siblings are PhD holders and five Masters Degree holders, including herself as she possess a Masters in Law (LLM) from University Malaya and Bachelor of Law (LLB – Hons.) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
She is married to an engineer, Sardar Paramjit Singh S/O Charan Singh, and blessed with three children: the eldest daughter a medical doctor and two budding doctors pursuing medical degrees.
Being a crime buster in the white collar crime, she has spoken in many local, regional and international platforms including the Malaysian Banking Summits and ASEANAPOL. Equipped with legal background and years of hardwork and determination with transformational leadership, she has paved the way for modern policing.
As she retires today, with a smile she reminiscences the long journey in RMP and reiterated: “I am proud to have served my country and have fond memories of this journey. I hope more Sikhs, especially ladies will take up the challenge to join the Royal Malaysian Police to serve the community at large in Malaysia.”
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