Acryl Sani Honoured With A Grand Send-Off Ceremony

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Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and his wife, Puan Sri Ir. Zaitun Mohd Isa, was given a grand send-off ceremony which was held at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here, today. Picture: Bernama
Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and his wife, Puan Sri Ir. Zaitun Mohd Isa, was given a grand send-off ceremony which was held at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here, today. Picture: Bernama

After 37 years, Acryl Sani bid farewell to the police force, saying that he was offered a “post-retirement plan” by PM Anwar Ibrahim which he could not refuse.

KUALA LUMPUR — After 37 years with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani bid farewell to the police force today. 

Handing over the baton four months earlier than his expected date of retirement, Acryl today revealed that he agreed to step down as the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) after being presented with a “post-retirement plan” by Prime Minister Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim.

“I am very grateful and respectful to the prime minister who is concerned about me. When I told him that I intended on finishing my contract on October 3, 2023 as scheduled, the Prime Minister very considerately offered me a post-retirement plan.

“I truly did not expect that,” he said during the grand send-off ceremony, which was held at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here and was attended by over 500 senior police officer and their spouses.

“The situation required me to meet his needs. Therefore, I’m happy I’m leaving the team with a sense of direction,” he said.

He however, did not elaborate on what the proposed plan was.

Home Minister Datuk Sri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail witnessed the handing over of the country’s top cop position from Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani to newly minted Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Razarudin Husain.

Home Minister Datuk Sri Saifuddin Nasution who was present at the ceremony, in his speech confirmed that the Prime Minister had offered to position Acryl in a role abroad.

The ceremony, which began at 5 pm, saw a fly past by the Air Wing Unit and performances by the Central Police Band, with Acryl Sani having the honour of leading the band.          

Tan Sri Razarudin Husain will assume the post ofthe new IGP, on a two-year contract basis.

Razarudin’s Deputy IGP will be Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

Both appointments will commence on 23 June 2023.

Leaving With An Open Heart

Born on Oct 3, 1961, in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Acryl Sani was appointed as the 13th IGP taking over Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, who retired on May 3, 2021.

He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Skudai, Johor, and a Master of Science (Management) from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

He started his career in the police force in 1986, as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

Throughout his service in PDRM, he has held various key positions, among others, Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department (CID) deputy director, Terengganu and Perak State police chief, and Sarawak Police Commissioner.

At the ceremonial handing over of the duties of IGP and deputy IGP, Acryl Sani said there was nothing unusual in the change of leadership in the police force.

“I am handing over the leadership with an open heart and I believe that those who are still in service will be able to take the police to greater heights,” he said.

“Always remember our slogan ‘Sedia Berkhidmat’ (Ready to Serve) and that the police and the society are inseparable,” he said.

The event was attended by Home Minister Datuk Sri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the top brass of the police force. — Bernama