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600% more Chinese want to be cops

Posted: 26 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The number of Chinese applying to join the police force has risen by more than 600% following a nationwide drive to recruit more constables from the community.

Bukit Aman assistant director of personnel (recruitment) Asst Comm Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said there were 3,881 applications as of last Tuesday and the police were optimistic of receiving over 5,000 applications by the time the campaign ends this Wednesday.

He said the campaign, which kicked off on March 3, had attracted a record number of applications from Chinese youths in two months compared to the whole of last year when only 500 Chinese applied for the post of constable. Recruitment is for youths aged between 18 and 28.

Increasing the Chinese presence would help promote national unity and enhance the force, he said, adding that most applicants came from Negri Sembilan, Johor and Pahang.

ACP Saiful said this was the first time a drive for constables was carried out and attributed the good response to the police's personal touch.

"Our officers went to the ground to address all the misconceptions and spoke to potential recruits and their families. Instead of focusing on malls, we went to semi-urban and rural areas in every state and worked closely with the community and non-governmental organisations.

"From our feedback, many Chinese youths are keen to join the force but don't know how to apply. They wait for recruitment advertisements, not knowing that application forms are online," he said, adding that the applicants would undergo a physical test and an interview next month.

"Hopefully, we can get them in after the Hari Raya holidays in July. If there are insufficient vacancies for those who pass the physical and interview stage, the applicants will be considered again next year."

He said there were many departments in the force that people were unaware about.

"We need translators, pilots, administrators, engineers and even IT experts to investigate white collar crimes."

The campaign aims to increase the number of Chinese policemen from 1,974 to over 5,000, or at least 5% of the force which currently has 115,000 uniformed personnel.

"The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar will be briefed on the result of the campaign once it is over and he will decide what comes next," said ACP Saiful.

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US President arrives in familiar style - a wave and casual pats

Posted: 26 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

SUBANG: With his customary single wave of the right hand and a heartening smile, US President Barack Obama walked out of Air Force One to begin his historic visit to Malaysia.

The scene of him waving "hello" on the steps of his presidential aircraft has been seen on TV many times since he took office in 2009, but this time, the 44th President of the United States, was here in the flesh.

The Boeing 747-200B touched down just past 5pm in fine weather and cool temperatures due to a heavy shower earlier.

Moments later, Cadillac One aka The Beast pulled up on the tarmac beside the aircraft.

Then, it was that moment the nation had been waiting for 48 years – the President of the United States emerging.

The charismatic Obama, looking dapper in his dark blue suit and rested despite his hectic trips to Tokyo and Seoul, hurried down the airstairs.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was the first to greet the President, followed by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who is the minister-in-attendance.

Among the others standing in line were Wisma Putra secretary-general Datuk Othman Hashim, US Ambassador to Malaysia Joseph Yun and Special Envoy to the United States Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis. Together with them were also Americas Division Undersecre-tary Datuk Syed Sultan Mohd Idris and Ambasador-designate to the United States Datuk Awang Adek Hussin.

The president was seen exchanging words with those who greeted him, smiling and giving each a pat too.

Obama acknowledged scores of others who waited for him, some for as long as four hours, including a large number of media personnel.

He smiled and waved at them before being accompanied to The Beast by Khairy.

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice joined him on the ride to Parliament House for the official welcoming ceremony.

The security protocol was extremely tight for the president's arrival, with journalists having to undergo three levels of identity checks.

The president's arrival was telecast live by the local TV networks. Lyndon B. Johnson was the first US president to visit Malaysia way back in 1966.

Obama: Draw strength from ethnic and religious diversity

Posted: 26 Apr 2014 09:00 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The United States and Malaysia can draw strength from their ethnic and religious diversity and hope from history to carve a brighter future for the next generation, says US president Barack Obama.

In his remarks at a state banquet hosted at Istana Negara here in conjunction with his three-day state visit to Malaysia, Obama said that while the United States and Malaysia may be different as nations, their people shared similar hopes and aspirations.

"I believe that whether we come from a remote village or a big city, whether we live in the United States or in Malaysia, we all share basic human aspirations – to live in dignity and peace.

"(We want) to shape our own destiny, to be able to make a living and to work hard and support a family. And most of all, to leave the next generation something better than what was left to us," he said.

At the banquet graced by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah, Obama said these were the aspirations that can illuminate a new era of partnership between the US and Malaysia.

Also present were Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

The American president sprinkled his remarks with a few Bahasa Malaysia words, a gesture that was well-received by the audience, as shown by their appreciative applause.

At the start of the speech, he wished everyone selamat petang and ended it with terima kasih banyak.

In between, he used the word bekerjasama (teamwork) when touching on the partnership between the US and Malaysia, as well as "boleh spirit" in reference to the "Malaysia Boleh" mantra.

Obama alluded to a batik exhibition showcasing some of his mother's batik collection organised at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia two years ago, adding: "I'm deeply grateful to the people of Malaysia for celebrating that part of my mother's life. It was very kind of you."

He also thanked Malaysia for the "extraordinary hospitality" shown towards him and his delegation.

Obama flew into the Malaysian capital at 5pm yesterday for the visit to Malaysia as part of his four-nation tour of Asia that started in Japan, followed by South Korea while his final stop is the Philippines.

Earlier, the King expressed Malaysia's gratitude to the United States for its unwavering support in the search for the missing Flight MH370.

Tuanku Abdul Halim said: "Your involvement since the beginning of the search and rescue mission, and ongoing recovery operation, indeed exemplifies the strong commitment established between our two countries."

The King said he was pleased to see the ties between Malaysia and the United States "gaining so much traction, as over the years, our common interests and shared values have flourished". — Bernama


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