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Eyesight 'discount' for Chinese joining force

Published on: Friday, April 11, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The police have relaxed terms and conditions for a special intake of Chinese recruits, including eyesight problems, this year, in a bid to encourage them to join the police force.

ASP Wong Ting Lee, officer-in-charge of the Chinese recruitment in Sabah, said this was done as there was a growing decline in numbers of Chinese in the force.

She said Sabah police have targeted 500 applications from the Chinese youths while the target for the whole country is between 2,000 and 5,000.

So far, she said a total of 193 applications have been received even before the deadline on April 30, mostly from here and men.

"Out of 113,395 in the country, only 1.77 per cent or 1,974 police officers and personnel are Chinese. In Sabah, there are 129 Chinese police officers and personnel out of 5,831, of which 37 are police officers and 92 personnel.

"This special intake for July this year was conducted as there was a need to increase the number of Chinese so as to cater to areas that have a high population of Chinese," she said.

Wong said Chinese applicants need to have at least two passes in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Bahasa Malaysia (BM) does not have to be credit but merely a pass.

However, she said successful applicants need to retake the Bahasa Malaysia and pass with a credit within one to three years in the force.

Compared to normal intake for constables, she said the applicants must have two SPM subject passes and their BM must be a credit.

Another relaxed condition, Wong said, involved eyesight problems where applicants who wear glasses and contact lens are allowed to apply for the special intake.

In the normal intake, she said applicants who wear glasses and contact lens cannot apply for recruitment.

On fluency in Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia, Wong said the terms and conditions for this special intake did not mention such requirement.

To a question, she said Sino-Kadazan youths who have Chinese surnames and their fathers are Chinese can apply for the special recruitment.

As for having tattoos, she said the force only allows those who have tattoos for religious and customary reasons like the Iban from Sarawak.

"Sabah police will carry out a large-scale campaign to encourage Chinese youths to join the police force at Palm Square, Centre Point from 11am to 6pm on April 26.

"We will be disseminating information on the special recruitment as well as receiving forms from them.

Those who are interested should bring along certified copies of their MyKad, birth certificates of the applicants and their parents, and school leaving certificates.

"They must also bring the original documents for us to verify the certified copies," Wong said, adding that the forms can also be submitted to nearest police stations and the Sabah police headquarters in Kepayan.

She said the forms can be obtained for free at all district police stations and through the police portal at www.rmp.gov.my. Successful applicants, she said, would be notified via letters in June, she added.