KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Comm Datuk Kamarulzaman Mamat is now acting Bukit Aman Narcotic Crimes Investigation Department (NCID) director.
DCP Kamarulzaman takes over the post from outgoing director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh, who is retiring today.
With a career spanning 35 years, Comm Mohmad says it has been an honour serving in the police force.
“There are a lot of things that I still want to achieve and contribute to the police force, but it is my time to retire.
“I have given my all to the police force and for my fellow comrades in blue,” he said yesterday.
Comm Mohmad said the success of the police force could not be determined just by one person as all police personnel and officers worked as a team.
He said among the challenges that stood out throughout his career was having to deal with countless demonstrations, especially the Bersih rallies when he was Kuala Lumpur police chief.
He was also involved in the investigations of the Kevin Morais murder case when he was the Bukit Aman CID director.
“My last post as NCID director also come with its set of challenges, but I am grateful that the department has recorded tremendous success with cases involving the seizures of drugs and arrests of suspects, whom I attribute to the collective effort of all police personnel,” he said.
He also spoke on the theft of the official vehicle of the NCID director, which was reported stolen last week and has since been recovered.
“It is ironic as I seldom use the official vehicle in the first place,” he said.
On his plans after retirement, Comm Mohmad said he is looking forward to resting and spending time with his family.
“I don’t have a knack for business, so I want to retire 100%. Maybe if Tan Sri has a durian farm, I can be one of the fruit pickers,” he joked, referring to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Mohamad Fuzi, who witnessed the handing-over ceremony, commended Comm Mohmad for giving his all.
“I feel a personal loss as he is one of my best friends and squad mates. We joined the force together on the same day on Jan 8, 1984. I feel nostalgic as my time is coming soon too,” he said, referring to his impending retirement.
On another matter, the IGP said a task force had been formed to liaise with M. Indira Gandhi and NGO Indira Gandhi Action Team (Ingat).
The task force is led by acting Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed.
“We had a constructive meeting with the NGO and her lawyers last week. We have explained to them the actions that have been taken so far in tracking down Indira’s former husband and daughter,” he said.
Asked whether Indira’s daughter Prasana Diksa and ex-husband Muhammad Riduan Abdullah were in Thailand, Mohamad Fuzi said police would check on the information.
“We also received information that they were sighted in Kelantan and Johor. In fact, we have searched and visited the locations, but there are no indications that they are there.
“We are not keeping still with information given to us and we are following up on every lead,” he said.
The IGP said the police still needed the people’s cooperation in tracking down the father and daughter.
“We hope the public can pass any information on their whereabouts to us,” he said.