KUALA LUMPUR: The peace and prosperity in Malaysia today is due to the past sacrifices of police personnel, says Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani.
He said the warriors of the past were instrumental in preserving the nation's sovereignty.
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"The police force has experienced various challenges since its inception on March 25, 1807. The sacrifices by previous officers and personnel will not be in vain," said the Inspector-General of Police.
In his speech during the 216th Police Day celebration at the Police Training Centre here on Monday (March 20), he added that personnel who are currently serving will carry on the struggle to preserve peace and prosperity in the country.
The event was graced by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
His Majesty was accompanied by Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah.
Among others present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Deputy IGP Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.
The country's top cop said he, along with the rest of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), pledged their loyalty to King and country and vowed to ensure the safety of all in preserving the country's sovereignty.
"Based on the theme 'police and society are inseparable', we will carry out our duties to the best of our abilities. We will protect the country and its people from any threat, be it foreign or domestic," he said.
The Police Day celebration involved some 543 senior officers and personnel from various departments in the police force.
There was a flypast by three police helicopters bearing the Jalur Gemilang and the Sang Saka Biru flags.
The King also inspected the guard of honour, accompanied by the IGP.