IGP May Retire On 22 June, Set To Be Ambassador

IGP Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani is said to retire earlier than expected, set to accept ambassadorial posting.
IGP Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani is said to retire earlier than expected, set to accept ambassadorial posting.

The IGP who is expected to relinquish his position earlier than his expected date of retirement, is reportedly in the running to be made an ambassador.

KUALA LUMPUR — The retirement ceremony for the IGP (Inspector-General of Police) Tan Sri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani is expected to take place on Thursday at the Kuala Lumpur Police Training Centre (Pulapol).

It is reported that various preparations are currently being made for Acryl’s imminent retirement ceremony.

There have been rumours earlier that the 61-year-old IGP, with five months remaining on his contract, may not extend his tenure as Malaysia’s top cop.

According to a Utusan Malaysia report, the Inspector-General of Police is said to be relinquishing his position earlier than his expected date of retirement, which is in October 2023.

It is understood that upon leaving the police force, Acryl will be appointed to fill a vacancy as an ambassador to a European country.

“Based on his extensive experience, Acryl is also the highest-ranking government official who is qualified to fill the vacancy as the country’s representative abroad,” the report said, quoting an unnamed source.

Acryl was appointed the 13th Inspector-General of Police, replacing Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador in 2021. He was due for mandatory retirement when he turned 60, but the Home Ministry extended his contract for another two years.

Names Submitted For New Head Of Police

Speculations have emerged regarding the potential successor for the top cop role. The Utusan Malaysia report pointed out that it is highly likely that current deputy IGP Tan Sri Razarudin Husain will be made the new IGP. The handover ceremony is also expected to be held on Thursday.

The report noted that Razarudin’s contract has also been extended for two years until March 15, 2025.

Deputy IGP, Tan Sri Razarudin Husain is expected to be appointed as acting Inspector-General of Police.

According to police convention, the deputy IGP will usually take over the force’s top post as an acting IGP prior to confirmation.

However, the report also did not dismiss the possibility that the IGP’s post can be filled by any of the senior police officers who are serving as directors.

Federal police Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Hazani Ghazal’s name was also bandied around as a possible candidate, due to his seniority amongst the 10 federal police department directors.

The report also mentioned the Federal Police Narcotics Crime Investigation Department (NCID) Director, Datuk Seri Mohd Kamaruddin Md Din, as a possible candidate.

A prominent name being considered for the deputy IGP position is the Federal Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has submitted the names of the IGP and Deputy IGP candidates to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

The appointments of the IGP and deputy will need the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, on the advice of the prime minister and the recommendation of the Police Commission, in accordance with Clauses 4 and 5 of Article 140 of the Federal Constitution. — Mediahit

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