SUPT A. Anbalagan is the new Balik Pulau OCPD in Penang.
Anbalagan, 47, was the administration staff officer at the Penang police headquarters prior to his promotion to the post yesterday.
He took over from Asst Comm Anuar Omar who has been appointed the George Town OCPD, also effective yesterday.
Supt Anbalagan, who has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), is no stranger to Penang, having served previously as Special Branch Department chief of the George Town district police headquarters.
He took press members by surprise when he spoke in fluent Mandarin and Hokkien during the handing-over of duties at the Balik Pulau district headquarters yesterday.
He is also well-versed in Thai, having served as the police attache at the Malaysian consulate in Songkhla and special branch officer at the Regional Border Committee office in Southern Thailand for nine years.
“As the OCPD, I have to be more thorough in knowing the places within the district well. I am ready for the challenge.
“I will be working closely with the community and press members to combat crime,” said Supt Anbalagan, who is a Kedahan from Alor Setar.
He began his career in the force as an investigating officer with the rank of probationary inspector in 1991 at the Port Dickson district police headquarters.
Penang police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye said he has full confidence that both officers would carry out their duties well.
“The promotion of both officers is within Penang. This shows that their capabilities are well recognised by the leadership of the force.
“We shall see a continuity of their good work as they have been here for some time,” he told reporters after witnessing the handing-over of duties.
Earlier, ACP Anuar inspected a guard-of-honour during the Balik Pulau monthly police gathering.
He also gave out letters of appreciation to policemen who performed their duties well.