1MDB the biggest challenge of my career, says Amar Singh

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Amar Singh with Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun at the handing over of duties ceremony today. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Amar Singh, who is retiring as Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director, says leading the police investigation into 1MDB was one of the biggest and most memorable challenges of his career.

Amar, the first Punjabi to become director of the department, also said if given another chance, he would still choose to serve in the police force.

“Although my duties have ended, the police force will still be close to my heart. This is because my grandfather, father and I all joined the force,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama at the handing over of duties ceremony at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) today.

Amar, who made the remark about 1MDB to reporters after the ceremony, began his police career as a cadet assistant superintendent of police on Feb 2, 1983.

He was made Kuala Lumpur Pulapol commandant in 2007, Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief in 2010, Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department deputy director in 2014 and Kuala Lumpur police chief in 2016.

He became director of the Commercial Crime Investigation Department on Oct 13 last year.

He was supposed to retire on June 6, but received a six-month extension which officially ends tomorrow.

He is replaced by the department’s deputy director, Saiful Azly Kamaruddin, who took over from him today.

Also present at the ceremony were Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim and other senior officers.