KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts are being made for the police to improve their command of English after a directive by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to use the language in their work.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the police had already been using English for their daily briefings and operations but Mahathir has once again made it clear in June that in shaping the New Malaysia, top government officials must have a strong mastery of English in order to be able to communicate.
"The order and encouragement to improve our mastery of English came from the prime minister. It's timely for police to accept the challenge in ensuring that senior police officers are able to converse in the English language, thus creating a truly word class police organisation.
"We will conduct more intensive English courses, starting with senior officers in Bukit Aman and then the rest of the country," he told a press conference after launching the English Proficiency course at Police Training College here today.
The five-day course is part of the nationwide professional development programmes consisting of different modules that focus on effective communication in policing.
He said officers should use English in their daily meetings, but admitted that it could take time for this to happen.
Mohamad Fuzi also pointed out that the police had previously conducted English courses, but currently proficiency among police officers and personnel in the language was merely moderate.
"We will start at the Police Training College and soon, the courses will include in all 14 Police Training Centres nationwide," he added.
Meanwhile, on police's crackdown against illegal gambling activities, Mohamad Fuzi said some district police chiefs have already been transferred over their unsatisfactory performances in busting illegal gambling.
He urged the public to divulge more information on illegal gambling, especially in the Klang Valley.
"I will personally join the illegal gambling raids if situation permits and I expect my men to do what is necessary in countering the menace of illegal gambling," he said.