KUALA LUMPUR: Special Branch director Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun was appointed as the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP) based on a recommendation of the Police Force Commission, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, also said that the commission decided to retain Tan Sri Noor Rashid as the Deputy Inspector-General of Police but with the position upgraded to Staff III.
The commission also decided to appoint Narcotics CID director Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff as the new director of the Special Branch, taking over from Mohamad Fuzi, he said to reporters after the handing over of duties of the IGP at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol), here today.
Mohamad Fuzi, 58, succeeds Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar who went on mandatory retirement today.
Ahmad Zahid described Khalid as an ‘extraordinary’ person, saying his loyalty never came under question in any situation and that he had resolved all problems with professionalism.
“When I gave the order for the special ‘Ops Cantas’ operation soon after I was appointed the Home Minister, it was carried out without question by Khalid.
”I instructed that three elite teams be set up, namely the Special Task Force on Organised Crime (STAFOC), Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gaming and Gangsterism (STAGG) and Special Tactical Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING), and it was implemented to address all the different problems directly to the target and not through the hierarchy,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid said the setting up of the three teams reduced the crime rate to 47 per cent going by the conventional methodology or 100 per cent as per the international standard based on every 100,000 population.
“I will act professionally where it involves the question of policy but, when it comes to operations, I will not intervene and will give full control to the IGP and Deputy IGP in accordance with my practice,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister said he placed his hope on the new leadership helmed by Mohamad Fuzi to raise the performance and excellence of the Royal Malaysia Police to a higher level.
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid witnessed the signing of documents and handing over of duties of IGP to Mohamad Fuzi who succeeds Khalid who had been the IGP since 2013.
Also present were the Deputy Home Ministers, Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed and Datuk Masir Kujat.
Mohamad Fuzi joined the Royal Malaysia Police on Jan 8, 1984, as a cadet ASP (assistant superintendent of police) at Pulapol.
He served as the acting Deputy IGP for two months in 2014. – Bernama