Reshuffle of Malaysia police force part of preparations for next general election and SEA games

 Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the reshuffle is part of the police force's preparations to face the next general election and the upcoming SEA Games.
Police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the reshuffle is part of the police force's preparations to face the next general election and the upcoming SEA Games.PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR - Four new directors will take charge of Bukit Aman police headquarters in the latest round of reshuffle involving the top hierarchy of Malaysia's police force, reported Malaysian media.

A total of 74 officers are being transferred or promoted, with the internal security and public order department and the narcotics department getting new directors, in an announcement made by the Royal Malaysian Police on Tuesday (July 4). Several states including Johor, Selangor, Sarawak and Negri Sembilan will also have new top police chiefs.

The changes will be effective from Aug 7.

Commenting on the reshuffle on Thursday (July 6), police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said it is part of the police force's preparations to face the next general election and the upcoming SEA Games.

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He was responding to a query about the reasons behind a major reshuffle at the Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID), which was announced as part of the larger exercise.

"We are preparing the police to face the (upcoming) general election and Southeast Asian Games (in the country)," he said in a press conference on Thursday at Bukit Aman.

"The reshuffle and transfers that we are going to carry out are towards that - to get ready, especially for the polls," he was quoted as saying by the Malaysiakini website.

It was reported that the director of the Criminal Investigation Department Mohmad Salleh will now helm the NCID. A number of NCID officers were arrested for alleged links to drug distribution syndicates in May this year (2017).

Tan Sri Khalid, who is due for mandatory retirement in September, is tight-lipped on whether his tenure will be extended as widely speculated in the local media.

"The next wave of the reshuffle will be my retirement. Then, there will be another (wave) of changes, it is normal," he said.