Deputy IGP bids farewell to the force

End of an era: Mazlan sharing his story at his office in Bukit Aman. — NORAFIFI EHSAN/ The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: “All for one and one for all”. That is the motto Datuk Mazlan Mansor lived by during his 41 years with the police force.

Proud to have served the men and women in blue, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police is ready to “ride into the sunset” as he closes the chapter in his illustrious career today.

“After 41 years, I can honestly say, I have seen it all and I am happy.“I have never demanded or asked for my rank, thus reaching the number two position in the police force is totally unexpected, ” he said in an interview at his office in the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters recently.

Mazlan said becoming the Deputy IGP had been the best privilege of his career.

“I was shocked when I was told that the government appointed me to be Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador’s deputy as I had only been the CCID (Commercial Crimes Investigation Department) director for a short while.

“Quite honestly, I thought I would retire there, ” he said.

Even his own family members were stunned with the promotion.

“However, Tan Sri Hamid is a fine character and I accepted the challenge, ” the country’s number two cop recounted.

Mazlan said his father (the late Tan Sri Mansor Mohd Noor) had retired as the Internal Security and Public Order department director.

“He would have given me a hard time if he was still alive as he retired as a director while I am retiring as a Deputy IGP, ” he said in jest.

“I’m sure he would have been proud nonetheless.”

Born in 1960 in Bukit Mertajam, Mazlan said somehow he had always known that he would follow in his father’s footsteps.

Throughout his 41 years in service, he had assumed various posts, including Bukit Aman CCID director, Selangor and Melaka police chief, Sarawak police commissioner, Bukit Aman deputy CID director, Selangor CID chief, Ipoh CID chief, as well as the Petaling Jaya OCPD.

“All the posts have their own set of challenges, ” he said.

He paid tribute to his wife and superiors as well when he recalled his earlier years as an inspector, having just finished his law studies.

“I needed to settle my study loan. Bear in mind that the salary for an inspector back then was not much. Luckily, my wife had a good paying job and we managed to get by.”

“I thought I would have been forced to switch careers but I was lucky to have the strong support of my wife and my superiors, who told me that they needed me, ” he said.

Despite the hardship, he eventually rose through the ranks through diligence and dedication, he said.

Among the high-profile cases that he had handled was the abuse of power and sodomy case involving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1998, the Nurin Jazlin abduction and murder, the Al-Maunah incident and the disappearance of MAS flight MH370.

“The Al-Maunah case has to be one of the biggest, if not the hardest challenges in my career.

“I was there as an investigator in the task force all the way until we arrested 29 suspects. It involved tracking the evidence and building a case against them.

“We managed to convince the attorney general to prosecute the suspects but the case was taxing as during the trial, each of the 29 suspects had to be cross-examined.

“In the end, the outcome was justified, and the efforts were worth it, ” he said.

Throughout his career, hard work and perseverance have always been his mantra.

“I always tell my officers that they should not lobby for positions. They should work hard instead.

“In the end, it is not what the force can do for you that matters, but what you can do for the force, ” he said.

Also, Mazlan reminded the personnel and officers in his beloved police force to remain united and sincere in carrying out their duties.

“United we stand, divided we fall. High integrity and good governance are the tools needed for the police force to improve and thrive in the future, ” he said.

As for his future plans, Mazlan hopes to perform the haj once the travel restrictions due to Covid-19 are lifted.

“I had been approved to perform the haj earlier this year but I was not able to do so due to the pandemic.

“I am also excited to travel the world as well and look at everything I had missed out on, ” he added.

Mazlan said he looked forward to retirement.

“I sacrificed a lot of time away from my family. It is time to be a husband and father full time.

“I will be a full-time driver and security officer for my wife and daughter, ” he quipped.

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