TWENTY-six years in the Royal Malaysian Police’s General Operations Force (GOF) has made Internal Security and Public Order Director, Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Muhd Fuad Abu Zarim a stronger man.
Muhd Fuad, who is set to retire this May, paid a working visit to the Northern Brigade General Operations Force on Feb 12 to inspect the forces there and give his final speech at the base.
After the official ceremony, Muhd Fuad took the opportunity to take photos with the personnel and had breakfast with them at the operations centre.
After almost 40 years in the police force, he said this was the location he first chose to visit before his official retirement because he started his career there.
“I joined the GOF in 1977. Before that, I trained in the Malaysian Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in 1976.
“From an inspector to superintendant... For 26 years, I have experienced many bitter-sweet moments which made me a stronger person,” he said.
Muhd Fuad said, during his time in the Northern Brigade, the force was one of the most active in Malaysia as they defended the country’s borders and forests.
It was even more hectic during the 1970s and 1980s as it had to deal with the communist threat in the country.
“After we nullified the communist, we begun to multi-task as we were capable of defending many areas, including urban areas.
“We also helped other units and departments in the police. This is the uniqueness of a paramilitary forceas they are capable of doing anything,” he said.
Things maybe be under control but DCP Muhd Fuad also reminded The North Brigade in Perak not to take lightly criminal or terrorist threats especially.
He said IS threats should be taken seriously after the suicide bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia.
DCP Muhd Fuad also urged the public to give them information if they came across any IS websites or social media pages.
“It is for our own good. We do not want these people to come and harm our country,” he said.
The police have also appointed Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Ismail to lead the National Border Safety Agency, formerly known as the Anti-Smuggling Unit (UPP).
Muhd Fuad said he met ACP Mohd on Jan 10 to hand over the duties of the agency to him.
Prior to his appointment, Police conducted few workshops on how to come up with a format for the agency.
“From now, he (ACP Mohd) will come up with the ideas. Once finalised, the format will forwarded to the government.
“For now, we are thinking of a merger with other agencies. When it comes to borders, there are many agencies involved in it. In Sarawak alone, there are 17 agencies and they have their own power,” said DCP Muhd Fuad.
He said in this day and age, police and other agencies must make sure that terrorist and smugglers cannot enter our shores, as it will affect the peace and economy of the country.