An Indian-origin Sikh officer Amar Singh was in news in the third week of February 2016 as he was appointed as Kuala Lumpur's commissioner of police. It was the highest police rank achieved by a Sikh in Malaysia.
He succeeded Tajuddin Mohamed, who will be moved to federal headquarters as the deputy director of commercial CID on 14 March 2016.
At the time of this appointment, Amar Singh was holding the position of deputy director of CID.
As per the Malaysia Samachar website, the highest police rank achieved by a Sikh before this appointment was a senior assistant commissioner-I. Santokh Singh was the one who became police chief of Selangor state.
About Amar Singh
• His father and maternal grandfather were both policemen.
• His father Ishar Singh relocted to Malaysia from Punjab in 1938 and joined the Federated Malay States Police in 1939.
• His maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh has joined the police force in the early 1900s and served as a constable.