A policewoman and her reluctant mum


Compiled by C. ARUNO, ALLISON LAI and R. ARAVINTHAN

DATUK Dr Lee Bee Phang (pic), who recently made history by becoming the first woman of Chinese descent to have been promoted to Commissioner of Police, recalled how she won over her mother who was not supportive of her career choice some 34 years ago, Sin Chew Daily reported.

In an exclusive interview with the daily, Lee recounted how her father was the one who would accompany her to the training centre when she first signed up for the job.

“At that time, my mother asked how could I catch a thief when I was such a thin and frail girl?

“I understood that she was worried about me and did not argue with her, ” said Lee.

Her mother warmed up to her career choice soon after and often visited her in Penang where she was posted.

“Her actions were her way of showing her support, ” she said.

Lee recalled how she was interested in entering the force after joining and training as an army reservist.

“When I was in the reserve regiment, the training I underwent helped my frail body become stronger.

“It also got me interested in joining the police force, ” she said.

She signed up right after she graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Lee, who wrote her PhD thesis on juvenile crime, said the reason she was able to persevere in her three-decade career was the constant reminder that she was there to serve the rakyat.

She also revealed that being of Chinese-Malaysian descent and a woman did not hamper her career.

“I have subordinates who are Chinese and also non-Chinese.

“The most important thing is that everyone needs to maintain a good working relationship and work towards a common goal, ” she said.

Lee is currently planning to pen her autobiography detailing the interesting parts of her career in the police force.

She was promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in May 2015 before being promoted to Commissioner of Police on March 12.



> A 69-year-old man from Teluk Intan, Perak, was injured following a tussle with his son, all because of an argument over a jackfruit tree, reported China Press.

According to Perak CID chief SAC Anuar Othman, the incident took place on Tuesday after the man’s 40-year-old son hit him with a hoe handle as he was upset that his father had planted a jackfruit tree on his land.

The father suffered broken bones and received 15 stitches on his head and arms.

The daughter-in-law later made a police report.

According to Anuar, the suspect has a criminal record relating to drug offences.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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