HE WAS an engineer in Pasir Gudang with a good salary and career path but Inspector Ahmad Hamidi Mohd Zin, 34, gave it all up to become a policeman.
The father of three said that despite loving his previous job, he wanted to do more and serve the community directly as a uniformed officer.
“It was definitely not an easy choice to make as at that time, I had already been working for about three years.
“However, I just felt that there was so much more that I wanted and could do to serve the public.
“When the opportunity arose, I decided to grab it although I knew what I would have to give up,” he said.
Ahmad Hamidi, 34, who is with the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department at Johor police headquarters, noted that his income saw a drastic reduction when he switched careers seven years ago.
“Over the years, I have learned so much as a policeman,” he said, adding that he was grateful for his family’s support.
Ahmad Hamidi was among 48 people, including policemen, the public and media practitioners who received letters of appreciation from Johor police chief Comm Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat at the state police’s monthly assembly at the police headquarters in Johor Baru.
Also receiving a certificate was Inspector Intan Maslindah Abdul Azias, 44, who has been in the force for 26 years.
“My father had always wanted one of his children to become a cop.
“I am glad to be the first in my family to fulfil his wish.
“My three other siblings had attempted to enter the police force but they all quit during training.
“In 2013, I also became the first woman to be named best inspector cadet.
“What made it more meaningful was knowing that I had made my family, especially my father, proud,” she said.
Intan Maslindah joined the police with her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia certificate and pursued a diploma in Information Technology and degree in Political Science along the way.
She said that in her over two decades career, the most notable moments were as an investigating officer in the Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11) at the Johor Baru North police headquarters between 2013 and 2016.
“Several of the crimes I was investigating made headlines,” she said, adding that they included the abuse of a three-year-old by the mother’s boyfriend in 2013.
Another was the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl in a public toilet in 2015.
“We managed to put all those involved in these cases behind bars,” said Intan Maslindah.
“In the gang rape case, DNA evidence was crucial,” she added.
Intan Maslindah is now with the management department of Johor police headquarters.