SHAH ALAM: Sik Chong Yaw and his sister Ker Ai are all fired up to join the police force in their desire to serve the nation.
The siblings from Puchong, Selangor, were eager to sign up after hearing about the drive to recruit more Chinese into the police force.
Chong Yaw, 20, said that when they were small, their parents – who ran their own business – had a lot of police friends.
“That could have contributed to why I really want to be a part of the force. I love adventure and I hope to get selected together with my sister,” he said.
Ker Ai said there was nothing more noble than fighting for her country.
“I love Malaysia and I want to do my part. I have urged my friends to join but most of their parents did not approve of it,” said the 18-year-old.
The siblings have their parents’ full blessing to join the police force.
At the Selangor police contingent headquarters here yesterday to undergo their physical tests, the siblings were accompanied by parents Sik Fook Choy, 43, and Lai Wai Man, 38. Lai said her children’s dreams mattered most to her.
“I was so happy when I heard they wanted to join the police. Now’s the time to realise their dreams,” said Lai, referring to the police’s latest push to recruit more Chinese.
According to reports, Chinese make up only 1.77% or 1,974 of the total 111,395 police personnel in the country.
On the other hand, Loh Ji Juan, 24, who arrived from Penang for the test, said his enthusiasm was not shared by his mother.
“But I’ll try to get her to understand that I’ve always wanted to do something for the country, like joining the police. There is a lack of diversity because issues pertaining to national security aren’t about race.
“My area of expertise is communications. But if I get in, I don’t mind being assigned to any department,” said Loh, an IT graduate who speaks fluent Bahasa Malaysia, Hokkien, Mandarin and English.
The three candidates were among 85 Chinese, including five females, who turned up for the physical test.
Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan was pleased with the turnout.
“With more Chinese joining us, we will have more people in specific fields,” he said.
He also said that the crime rate in Selangor had gone down by 3.78% this year.