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Nation's eyes on Sabah: New CP
Published on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah's new Police Commissioner Datuk Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman will bank on his experience as a former marine policeman to combat crimes in Sabah waters.

Speaking after officially assuming duties here, Monday, Jalaluddin said he would be focusing on certain aspects of safety and security and will formulate new strategies and approaches and act on any information provided to him.

"I'm a sailor, a seafarer, a former marine policeman.

I have been to Sabah from 1978 to 1990 for several ops, so I would use those experiences here. I will also use my good relationship with the navy and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

"Most importantly, our coordination and our mutual understanding among our brother officers with other government agencies," he said.

The former Kelantan Police Commissioner replaced Datuk Hamza Taib who will assume the post of Commercial Crime Investigation Deputy Director in Bukit Aman. The ceremony, held at the Sabah police contingent headquarters, was witnessed by Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order director Datuk Seri Salleh Mat Rashid.

Earlier in his address, Jalaluddin said he had always followed the security development in Sabah and admired the leadership shown by outgoing chief Hamza.

"Personally, I was surprised and did not expect this appointment but I promise that I will do my best. I realise that this new responsibility needs all my commitment because as a Police Commissioner, I need to be a leader capable of managing any policing duties given to me.

"I understand that the whole country, in fact the whole region, is focused on Sabah's police contingent because of safety and security issues as well as sovereignty issues in our waters," he said.

Jalaluddin called for cooperation and commitment from his men in implementing the department's agenda and at the same time, enhance the image of the police force.

"There is no such thing as 'routine' in my diary, all are important and must be given priority.

Therefore I ask all district chiefs especially marine police and my friend Datuk Rashid Harun from Esscom, let us sit together to discuss, brainstorm in solving any problems that exist now and in the future," he added.

Meanwhile, Hamza who was Sabah police chief for three years and eight months, said he believed he was one of the few Police Commissioners in Sabah who had one of the most challenging jobs while in office.

"There were many incidents that happened here that I cannot forget but I have done the job to the best of my ability.

The Lahad Datu intrusion and the general election, I think we have done well.

"For me, working anywhere is the same. I have been in the force for 39 years and will be retiring soon.

For my part, and I've always said this to my men, the police force is the most important, not Hamza Taib," he said.

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