Published on: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The handing over of duties was witnessed by Sabah Commissioner of Police Datuk Hamza Taib at the police headquarters in Kepayan, here.
Abdul Malek takes over the duties from Tan who has been promoted to Bukit Aman as the Crime Investigations Department Forensics, Databank and DNA Deputy Director.
Hamza, in his speech, thanked Tan for his contributions during his more than five-year tenure as Deputy Commissioner as well as the contingent's Management Division Head, while extending his congratulations to newly-appointed Abdul Malek who will also lead the contingent's Crime Prevention and Eradication Department.
Abdul Malek, 58, who graduated from Universiti Teknologi Mara with a law degree, started serving in 1976 and was posted in several states including Sarawak.
He was Bukit Aman Crime Investigations Department Forensics, Databank and DNA Deputy Director for six years before being promoted to Sabah Deputy Commissioner of Police.
"I've served in Sarawak as well as other states in the peninsula and although I've been to Sabah on several occasions, this will be the first time I'll serve here," he said.
"I think the scenario in terms of looking at the infrastructure, its community and geographical aspect has a slight difference, thus, I will try to adopt what I've had experienced while serving in Sarawak," he said.
He pledged to continue the responsibilities that come with the appointment and assured that he will be with the State Police Commissioner and the contingent to meet the Government's agenda especially where the Royal Malaysian Police is concerned.
"We have the government transformation programme whereby the police force is very directly involved, namely in the National Key Result Area, where we have a Key Performance Index (KPI) to achieve particularly on crime and also people's perception towards the force," he said.