Former Malaysian police chief appointed new chairman of public transport operator

Outgoing Malaysian Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar (left) with incoming police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun at the handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 4, 2017.
Outgoing Malaysian Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar (left) with incoming police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun at the handover ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 4, 2017.PHOTO: BERNAMA

PETALING JAYA - Former Malaysian police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has been announced as the new group chairman of public transport operator Prasarana Malaysia Bhd, Malaysian media reported on Tuesday (Sept 5).

Prime Minister Najib Razak made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday, The Star reported. "Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will continue the mission and vision of Prasarana to build and provide world-cass public transport services and increase the use of public transport," Datuk Seri Najib said in the statement.

Tan Sri Khalid officially retired as Inspector-General of Police (IGP) on his 60th birthday on Monday. He was succeeded by 58-year-old former Special Branch director Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

Khalid had been appointed as the 10th IGP in May 2013.

His Prasarana appointment comes after former chairman Ismail Adam's tenure ended on Aug 31.

Khalid was also appointed as Special Ambassador to enhance relations and cooperation with the international community in the fight against terrorism, extremism and human trafficking.

"The appointment is due to Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar's extensive experience and good relationship with international agencies throughout his term as the Inspector-General of Police in addressing the issues," the statement added. 

Najib on Tuesday also received a courtesy call from the new IGP. He later congratulated Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi, 58, on his appointment on Twitter.

IGP Mohamad Fuzi on Monday said tackling the threat of terrorism will be a priority under his leadership. He announced that 343 new posts have been created to boost the counter-terrorism unit.

Prior to his new role, Mohamad Fuzi previously held the Bukit Aman Management director and Acting Deputy IGP posts.

The government on Monday also appointed Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff as director of the intelligence agency. Mohd Mokhtar was previously the national criminal investigation department chief.