DEPUTY Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will chair a meeting of the police commission on September 4 to find a successor to Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar, who retires next month.
He said the name of the selected successor would be presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V for the king’s consent before the official appointment was announced.
“I will chair a meeting of the police commission on September 4 to decide on the successor to Khalid and also determine the directors of several departments under the Royal Malaysia Police.
“I hope there will be no speculation on the appointments of the successor and the deputy IGP.
Zahid spoke to reporters after opening the Kuala Nerus Umno division delegates meeting at the Gong Badak Indoor Stadium today.
Khalid had told the media that he would retire next month after 40 years of service in the police force, and would not extend his contract even if the government offered to.
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Zahid said he respected Khalid’s decision and expressed his appreciation to the top cop for having contributed to enhancing the image of policing through numerous transformation initiatives.
“He has undertaken much transformation in Bukit Aman and helped realise the Home Ministry’s vision to reduce the crime index at the national level, reducing the rate to 47%.” –