KUALA LUMPUR - The Chinese community is responding positively to a month-long police initiative to increase their number in the force.
The programme, including lowering entry qualifications, was launched by City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh at the AEON shopping centre in Kepong yesterday and was attended by a few hundred people.
"We hope to see an intake of 400 to 500 from the Chinese community under this programme ... our goal is to recruit 5,000 Chinese into the force by year end," he told reporters.
Twenty-two-year-old administrative officer Adrian Ch'ng said: "The programme has made it easier for me to realise my childhood dream of becoming a policeman."
He added that he felt inspired whenever he sees videos posted on Facebook of cops doing good deeds.
Another hopeful applicant was 18-year-old female student Chang Kah Yi, who thinks it's boring to work in an office environment.
"I want to contribute to my society. That's why I applied to become a police officer," she said.
Graphic design student Jackie Jun, 22, became interested in joining the police force after reading about the Lahad Datu incursion in February 2013.
"My parents have advised me against applying out of concern for my safety, but I want to play a part in protecting our citizens and defending our country, " he said.
A single mother who wished to be known only as Lily was also present at the event in support of her 20-year-old son Jeffrey Yan, who applied to become a police officer.
"Jeffrey wants to follow in the footsteps of his deceased father, who used to be a Special Branch officer," said the 50-year-old tuition teacher.