KUALA LUMPUR: The major reshuffle within the police department announced earlier this week was conducted in preparation for the next general election (GE14).
Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said this is especially with the retirement of several senior officers in the force.
“The reshuffle was done to gear up for the next general election, and a more immediate occasion which is the SEA Games,” he told a press conference at the Bukit Aman police headquarters here today.
“Because some senior officers are retiring, some have retired, so we needed to carry out the reshuffle to prepare (for these events).”
On June 11, Khalid told the media that the police would carry out a major overhaul of the top posts in all divisions of Bukit Aman Federal Police Headquarters, after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
And on Tuesday, the police announced the transfer and promotion of 76 officers, involving 46 posts nationwide.
The reshuffle also saw Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Mohmad Salleh moved to head the narcotics crime investigation department (NCID) with the retirement of NCID director Comm Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff next month.
This comes in the wake of the arrests of a number of NCID officers, allegedly for corruption. Khalid last month said at least 20 members of the NCID had been transferred out.
Meanwhile, Khalid said reshuffles are a normal practice in the police force, and the “next wave” may be after his retirement.
He is due to retire in September this year. Asked if he has been offered to extend his tenure, Khalid said, “I don’t want to comment on that”.
No date has been set for GE14, but it needs to be held latest by the middle of next year.