Penang gets new police chief

Narenasagaran (left) handing over his duties to Comm Sahabudin. With them is Mazlan. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star.

THE newly appointed Penang police chief has vowed to bring the contingent to greater heights.

Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan urged his men to work together to provide the best quality of service to the people.

“I’ll make sure everything is done according to the standard operating procedure (SOP).

“I will make changes only if there is a better way as time goes by, ” he said during the handover ceremony at the state police headquarters in Penang Road.

Comm Sahabudin, 55, succeeded Comm Datuk T. Narenasagaran who retired after serving the force for more than 35 years.

Comm Sahabudin was the Bukit Aman Logistics and Technology Department deputy director from 2018 to 2020.

Witnessing the handover was Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor.

Narenasagaran inspecting his officers during the handover ceremony at the state police headquarters. Narenasagaran inspecting his officers during the handover ceremony at the state police headquarters.

In his speech, Comm Narenasagaran said he had served the state for a year and a month.

“I am happy that the people cooperated well with the police force.

“More than 6,000 policemen and the public took part in the Second Penang Bridge PDRM 2019 Solidarity Fun Ride.

“We engaged the people in community policing.

“This shows that there is no separation between the police and the people, ” he said.

Comm Narenasagaran said he was happy for Comm Sahabudin.

“I know him. An engineer by profession, he is soft-spoken and experienced.

“I’m retiring comfortably, knowing that the Penang police force is in good hands, ” he told reporters after the event.

Meanwhile, Mazlan said Comm Narenasagaran had successfully kept Penang safe and under control during his tenure.

“He has two master’s degrees. He is our expert in forensic science and we thank him for sharing his skills.”

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