A TOTAL of 43 rank and file policemen from the Kedah contingent were promoted to sergeant-major and sub-inspector.
Kedah Police Chief Commissioner Datuk Zamri Yahya said 32 sergeants were now sergeant-majors while 11 sergeant- majors had become sub-inspectors.
“I hope the promotions will motivate them to carry out their duties and serve the community in a more effective manner.
“They should also work closely together and give the police force a better image,” he said before the pinning-of-rank ceremony at the state police headquarters in Alor Setar recently.
Among the promoted staff was Sahbudin Hussin, 60, from the Kedah Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department who was promoted to sub-inspector.
Sahbudin, who will be retiring on Sept 1 this year after serving the police force for 41 years, started as a constable in 1975.
“I’m thankful that in my 41 years of service, I did not encounter any violent incidents.
“I would like to advise the new generation of police personnel to always be on the alert and be disciplined in whatever they do,” said Sahbudin, who was in a team that seized 534kg of cannabis from two raids in Penang and Kedah a few years ago.
Zaleha Mohd Said, 54, an escort of Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, was also promoted to sergeant-major.
She experienced the Memali incident in 1885 when 18 people, including four policemen, were killed and many others injured after the police launched an operation to arrest preacher Ibrahim Mahmud, popularly known as Ibrahim Libya, who was also among the dead.
She was stationed at the Alor Setar Hospital police beat base then.
“I now divide my time between work and my only son after my husband passed away four years ago.
“I’m alert at all times as I cannot compromise the safety of the royal family,” she said.