PETALING JAYA, Oct 11 — After creating history as the first Sikh to be appointed KL police chief, Commissioner Datuk Amar Singh has again broken new ground to become the first director of the Commercial Crimes Department (CCID) in Bukit Aman.
Amar, 59, who hails from Kinta, Perak, will assume his new position on Saturday, exactly 17 months after taking over as city police chief.
Among the high-profile cases during his tenure in the city was the recent tragedy, where 23 people were killed in a fire at a religious school in Datuk Keramat that was allegedly started by a group of teenagers.
The fire, which broke out on the morning of Sept 14, took only a few days to solve.
A day after the tragedy, seven suspects, aged between 11 and 18, were arrested.
Amar was also at the helm during the recent SEA Games, where KL police were tasked with handling the safety and security of the Games.
Four special drills centred on counter terrorism were conducted at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil to get the police into top gear for the event.
Police had to be on the alert as it had received tip-offs prior to the games of potential terror attacks.
Amar, who joined the force as an assistant superintendent in 1983, steadily moved up the ranks since his first posting in Johor Baru where he was attached to the Criminal Investigation Department.
In 2007, Senior Assistant Commissioner Amar served as commandant at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur.
At Pulapol, he was credited with implementing new progressive training methods to nurture more efficient policemen.
In 2010 he was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and appointed the city deputy police chief.
Four years later he was promoted and moved to Bukit Aman as CID deputy director and held the position for two years before becoming the city’s police chief.
Amar’s illustrious career spanning 34 years followed in the footsteps of his father and maternal grandmother who were both in the police force.
In his speech when taking over as KL police chief, Amar said his appointment was an honour to the minority races in the country, especially Sikhs who make up only 0.16 per cent of the police manpower.
“This also proves that the force’s leadership is colour blind in promoting its officers as well as in executing duties,” he was quoted as saying.