President confers Distinguished Service Order on Malaysia's top cop

President Halimah Yacob conferring the award on Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun for his role in strengthening ties between the Malaysian and Singapore police forces. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
President Halimah Yacob conferring the award on Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun for his role in strengthening ties between the Malaysian and Singapore police forces. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

President Halimah Yacob conferred the Distinguished Service Order on Malaysia's national police chief yesterday.

The honour, also known as the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang, was conferred on Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun at the Istana State Room.

In a statement, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said the honour was in recognition of Tan Sri Fuzi's role in strengthening the working relationship between the Royal Malaysia Police and SPF.

"Both forces strengthened cooperation in the areas of investigation, information and intelligence exchanges, as well as capacity building and training," SPF said.

The honour also recognises Mr Fuzi's contributions to the security of Singapore and the region through his leadership of the Malaysian police in countering the threats of terrorism, drugs and other transnational crimes, the police added.

Singapore's Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck said the two police forces have forged strong bilateral ties with a "common resolve to combat transnational crime". "The Singapore Police Force will continue to work closely with the Royal Malaysia Police in fighting new and emerging threats," he added.

Before the ceremony, Mr Fuzi made separate courtesy calls on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam and Mr Hoong.

CLOSE TIES

Both forces strengthened cooperation in the areas of investigation, information and intelligence exchanges, as well as capacity building and training.

THE SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE, noting that the award was in recognition of Tan Sri Fuzi's role in strengthening the relationship between the Royal Malaysia Police and SPF.

The Distinguished Service Order was instituted in 1968. It may be awarded to any person who has performed within Singapore any act or series of acts constituting distinguished conduct.

In special circumstances, the order may be awarded to any person who has performed outside Singapore any act or series of acts constituting distinguished conduct, said the Prime Minister's Office on its website.

Tee Zhuo

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2019, with the headline 'President confers Distinguished Service Order on Malaysia's top cop'. Print Edition | Subscribe