KUALA LUMPUR: “Once a policeman, always a policeman,” that is the motto Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Zinin (pic) lives by as he brings the curtain down on an illustrious career spanning almost four decades.
Widely regarded as one of the nation’s top crime busters, Mohd Bakri is the first Sabahan to become the Deputy Inspector-General of Police last year.
“It seems surreal that I am now saying goodbye to the Royal Malaysia Police after 39 years proudly on duty as a law enforcement officer.
“The police force is not just a career, it is my family and my life,” he said in his speech during a farewell ceremony held at the Police Training Centre here yesterday.
In closing the final chapter of his career, Mohd Bakri, known for his firm yet friendly demeanour, recalled the most challenging time of his career was during the Lahad Datu intrusion last year.
“I had to lead the team investigating the intrusion after everything had settled down. We had to keep our emotions in check as we investigated the case with the sole goal of ensuring justice for our fallen comrades,” he said.
One of the things he cherished most in his career was the special relationship he has with the media from when he was Dang Wangi OCPD in the 1990s.
“My relationship with the media is special. I had scolded some on professional aspect but we still remain friends,” he said.
Mohd Bakri said he was now looking forward to spending time with his family.
He handed over the reigns to Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Fuzi Harun who will assumed the Deputy IGP post in an acting capacity.
Comm Mohd Fuzi, who is also Bukit Aman Management director, said he was honoured but had big shoes to fill.