KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian police is recognised as the leading law enforcement agency in the region and it is for this reason that the ASEAN Chief of Police (Aseanapol) secretariat is sited at Bukit Aman.
Secretariat police services director Asst Comm Mohamad Anil Shah Abdullah said Malaysia was given the honour of housing the Aseanapol headquarters here given its track record in combating trans-national crime.
"The country has been home to the secretariat since 2010 and its first executive director was Asst Comm Nadzri Zainal Abidin from Malaysia," ACP Mohamad Anil said yesterday.
He was speaking at a press conference after outgoing Aseanapol secretariat executive director Lt Gen Sar Moline, from the Cambodian national police, handed the reins to Senior Asst Comm Datuk Paduka Abdul Wahab Omar of the Royal Brunei Police.
ACP Mohamad Anil said the secretariat coordinates the cooperation among the police departments of the 10 ASEAN nations in combating trans-national crimes, especially pertaining to human and drug trafficking.
He added Manila would host the annual Aseanapol conference in May, which will focus on cyber-crime and forensic capabilities.
Lt Gen Sar Moline saluted Malaysia, describing his tenure in Kuala Lumpur as beneficial in terms of experience.
"It is not a surprise that Malaysia has been recognised as a leading police agency in ASEAN.
"Malaysia has a lot to contribute in Aseanapol operations," he said, adding that aside providing the secretariat's headquarters here the Malaysian police also supplied personnel, including police officers, in joint operations and intelligence sharing practices.
Malaysia, Cambodia and Brunei make up ASEAN, along with Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Their five dialogue partners are Australia, China, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand.