MALACCA - The Malacca deputy police chief is a "wanted man", no less by the Australian government.
The Australian Civil-Military Centre is eyeing Senior Asst Comm Mohd Shaharizan Che Mat Din to give a talk at a conference in Canberra on June 9.
Shannon Mathias, an Australian top defence official, e-mailed SAC Mohd Shaharizan yesterday to invite him as a key speaker of the conference which would be attended by senior Australian government officials, military and police officers, and non-governmental organisations from Australia, New Zealand and ASEAN.
He is slated to share his insight on maritime security in the region.
Apparently, SAC Mohd Shaharizan captured their attention at a workshop that was held in Port Dickson in April.
In Mathias' e-mail, he said:
"I listened to your presentation during our workshop in Port Dickson and the participants were captivated with your candid nature of narrating an analogy on disaster management.
"Your final question to participants about only one space in a car and having to make a choice between rescuing three people was very relevant to what participants faced in civil-military interaction and you are wanted here (Australia)."
When interviewed yesterday, SAC Mohd Shaharizan said he had given an analogy about driving a car with a hurricane coming and then passing three people at a bus stop - a 90-year-old man, a man who had once saved you financially and a woman of your dreams.
"Who would you save if you have just one seat available in your car?" he asked.
SAC Mohd Shaharizan said most of the participants wanted to rescue the elderly man.
Others replied that they wanted to repay the kindness of the man who had helped them but none opted for the woman, he added.
SAC Mohd Shaharizan said the workshop participants were dumbfounded when he said that he would pick the woman of his dreams, leaving his car for the two men to escape the catastrophe.
"My answer was simple - that as a police officer, I am confident to face any challenges. I believe I have my own way of helping the woman and living happily ever after with her," he said.