KLANG: Tee Han Shan always wanted to be a policeman but was unable to apply for the job due to a lack of credit in Bahasa Malaysia in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate.
“I was disappointed and tried sitting for the Bahasa Melayu July paper several times but still could not get a credit,” he added.
So when the police force loosened the application criteria for the Chinese community and asked for only a pass instead of credit for the subject, the 25-year-old Tee was overjoyed.
He was one of the 30 candidates who thronged the Klang Hokkien Association to attend a briefing by the force and fill in an application form to be a policeman.
DSP Ooi Kok Seong from the Selangor police headquarters, who was there with several other senior Chinese officers to conduct the briefing in Mandarin, said the response was good.
One of the reasons why Chinese candidates do not apply to become policemen is because they do not have a credit in Bahasa Melayu.
So the police force made some compromises for potential Chinese candidates as they needed to only have a pass and could also be bespectacled, said Supt Ooi.
Among those who also put in their application yesterday was Universiti Utara Malaysia accounting graduate Yeap Yong Sheng (pic), 25.
“I became interested in the police force when I was in university and wanted to put in my application for some time now,” he said.
According to Yeap, his interest was piqued due to the forensic accounting subject he had pursued in university.
Lum Wan Yeng, 22, and her younger brother Lum Gah Fook were both there to attend the briefing and put in their applications.
According to Wan Yeng, she and Gah Fook were encouraged to join the police force by their temple medium father Lum Wah Kit.
“My father has several friends in the police force and he feels it is a good thing to be a police officer,” said Wan Yeng, who worked in a legal firm.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman’s Supt Dennis Lim, who was also present, said he was happy with the turnout.
“The response is very encouraging,” said Supt Lim, adding that most of the potential candidates attending the briefing had wanted to know about the benefits of being in the force.
He also said that although candidates could enter the force without a credit in SPM, they would still need to sit for the Bahasa Melayu July paper and obtain a credit if they wanted to be confirmed and promoted.