Amar Singh Retires As CCID Director After Serving In PDRM For 35 Years
Amar Singh, who earlier this year found unexpected Internet fame amidst investigations into the scandal-plagued 1MDB, has officially retired from his post as the Federal Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) Director Commissioner today, 5 December
Amar Singh has served 35 years in the Royal Malaysia Police, having begun his career in the police force on 27 February 1983
The 'supercop', who was initially due to retire on 6 June this year, helmed Bukit Aman's Commercial Crimes Investigations Department (CCID) for almost 14 months.
The six-month extension of his tenure was done to facilitate the investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). The extension officially ends today.
During the ceremonial handing over of duties today, Amar Singh described his job as a cop as the most satisfying job in the world
"It's the most satisfying job on the world. I feel very happy and very thankful to God.
"I am happy that I've been given a chance to work as police (sic) and happy as I have chosen this career," he said, according to a report in Malaysiakini.
"I thank you all for the support and confidence afforded to me during my service as a policeman. I had the best team to work with who made my work much easier to do, and for that, I salute them," the 'supercop' said during his farewell speech today.
The outgoing CCID chief also said that the investigations into 1MDB were among the biggest and the most challenging in his career
Malaysiakini reported Amar Singh as saying that in another life, he would choose to become a cop again, adding "We were the pioneers to start investigations into 1MDB".
Amar Singh's handling of the investigations was also praised by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun, who said Amar was exemplary for his courage.
"He did so without fear or favour and this is the best quality in a leader other than expertise, knowledge and vast experience to helm a department," Fuzi said.
The IGP also said that Amar Singh with his illustrious service in the police force "leaves behind a legacy of his own within the history of the Royal Malaysia Police".
"His excellent service has seen him helm important and challenging positions, with full responsibility and commitment.
"What is clear is the personality and leadership style exhibited by Datuk Seri Amar proves he is a valuable asset to the force," IGP Mohamad Fuzi added.
During the handover ceremony earlier today, witnessed by IGP Mohamad Fuzi Harun, Amar Singh's former deputy Saiful Azly Kamaruddin has been appointed as the acting CCID director
The acting CCID director will now be taking over the investigations into 1MDB, IGP Fuzi said, adding that he said would continue the good work started of by Amar Singh.
"Definitely. Not only investigations concerning 1MDB, but other investigations would also be taken over and handled by Datuk Saiful, as the acting director of CCID," the IGP was quoted as saying by Malay Mail during a press conference today.