Thaiveegan takes over as top cop

Comm Thaiveegan (centre) inspecting the guard of honour during the event.

NEWLY appointed Penang police chief Comm Datuk A. Thaiveegan will focus on drugs, gangsterism and other serious crimes to ensure Penang continues to be a safe and peaceful place to live in.

He said being the state’s top cop would not be easy, and he needs the cooperation from his men and the public to achieve the target.

“I will also emphasise on integrity to make sure there won’t be any bad apples in the force,” he said during the handing over ceremony at the state police headquarters in Penang Road yesterday.

Comm Thaiveegan, 58, took over from outgoing state police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye, who will officially retire tomorrow after serving the force for 40 years.

The former Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department deputy director is no stranger to Penang, having served as Penang deputy police chief from 2013 till 2016.

The handing over ceremony was witnessed by Bukit Aman Integrity and Standards Compliance Department director Comm Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Hanafi.

In his speech, Comm Abdul Rahim said he believed the Penang contingent would become one of the best in the country under the leadership of Comm Thaiveegan.

“He could work well with his subordinates and local communities. He is knowledgeable and experienced,” he said.

Meanwhile, Comm Chuah said he planned to spend more time with his family after his retirement.

“After serving the police force for more than 40 years, I feel I did not devote much time for my family.

“I will spend the next few months with them before deciding what to pursue next.

“I will be based in Kuala Lumpur and probably spend time on golfing as it has become one of my favourite hobbies,” he said after event.

Comm Chuah, who will turn 60 tomorrow, said he was pleased to have busted several drug labs during his one-year tenure as Penang’s top cop.

He said the crime rate had also been reduced by about 10% compared with that of last year.

“I am definitely pleased with the performance.

“The interaction between police and the public has been great as well, as this was evident during the massive floods in November.

“This month, we also had the Community Charity Fun Run and Second Penang Bridge PDRM 2017 Solidarity Fun Ride where we engaged the public.

“We want to be closer to public, and we have managed that,” said Comm Chuah.

He also then thanked the media for playing a vital role in supporting the police.

“If not for the media, we will not be able to share our successes with the public,” he said.

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