KUCHING: There were no major incidents of public disorder reported across Sarawak throughout GE14, which went smooth and peacefully.
State police commissioner Datuk Seri Amer Awal said public order was maintained throughout the campaigning period and polling day, as well as post election that saw the forming of a new Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya.
He pledged that the police force will continue to work hard to maintain public safety and sovereignty of the nation under the new Pakatan government led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“We are happy that GE14 went smoothly throughout Sarawak. Peace was maintained, we did not experience any incidents that could have disrupted public order,” Comm Amer said after the handing over of duty between the outgoing state CID chief DCP Datuk Dev Kumar and SAC Denis Leong Soon Kuai.
DCP Dev, who had served as Sarawak CID chief since July 2015, has been promoted to Crime Prevention and Community Policing deputy director (operations) in Bukit Aman. SAC Leong was the state deputy CID chief.
Comm Amer advised police officers to always look to enhance their skills and knowledge to aid their professional growth.
He reminded officers to always work hard and be thorough in their handling of cases.
“Sincerity is most important in an investigation, especially when involving high-profile cases,” he continued.
He was satisfied with the performance of the state CID unit under DCP Dev’s leadership, which were prompt in taking action and solving cases.
He is confident the new CID chief will add value and further improve the unit.
DCP Dev, in his parting speech, described Sarawak as a harmonious state with not much heavy crime throughout his three-year tenure.
SAC Leong meanwhile, echoed the police commissioner’s sentiment that GE14 was mainly peaceful throughout Sarawak.
He said there were only a handful of police reports received relating to election offences.
The new state CID chief expressed gratitude to his predecessor for the guidance and advice provided throughout their posting.
“Dev is a no-nonsense kind of person and very generous when it comes to giving guidance.
“He has also shaped the department into a well-oiled machine.
“I can only hope to further improve on what he has done for the state,” SAC Leong continued.
The event yesterday was held at the state police headquarters in front of some 100 personnel and high-ranking officers.
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