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Creating a truly multi-ethnic police force

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Proham welcomes the commitment by the inspector general of police on the recruitment of non-bumiputera into the police force. This is the right step forward in ensuring a multi-ethnic and multicultural police force.

In its report, the Royal Commission on the police recognised the recruitment aspect as a challenge, including the need to increase gender representation. The commission noted that there was a need for “an adequate number of ethnic minorities in its establishment to be able to do effective policing in a racially and culturally diverse environment”, recognising the deployment with regard to the ethnic composition of the different locations.

According to the inspector general, of the 123,000 police personnel, Chinese make up only 1.9%, Indians 3% and the Orang Asli recruits have dwindled. There is a need for creating awareness on opportunities in the police force, including the prospects for promotion. In that regard, Proham urges the police to implement merit-based promotions to attract more applicants.

Proham recommends that the police intensify promotions at the school and university levels. Highlighting the role of past and present examples of Chinese, Indians and Orang Asli who served the nation well might inspire new recruits.

Furthermore, the police might also need to expand the police cadet programme in schools to instil interest. The recruitment of police constables without a Bahasa Malaysia credit is also another excellent avenue, and giving these recruits six years to secure a credit in BM while they are in police service is a positive approach.

Proham also recommends that the police secure the partnership and involvement of community leaders from the Chinese, Indian and Orang Asli communities. The inspector general could consider the establishment of a community liaison community, a move very similar to their efforts in community engagement in community policing.

  • Michael Yeoh, Proham chair
  • Denison Jayasooria, deputy chair
  • Khoo Ying Hooi, secretary-general
  • Khutubul Zaman, executive committee member
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