Amar Singh has been appointed the police commissioner of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the highest police rank achieved by a Sikh in the Muslim-majority country.
Deputy commissioner Amar Singh, in his late 50s, will replace Tajuddin Mohamed, who will move to the federal headquarters as the deputy director of commercial CID (crime investigation department) next month.
His appointment as Kuala Lumpur police chief was announced on Friday along with several other transfers and promotions, The Star news site reported.
Amar is a third-generation policeman from his family, according to the Asia Samachar news website.
His father, Ishar Singh, joined the Federated Malay States Police in 1939, a year after coming to Malaya from Punjab and was a pioneer member of the police jungle squad established during the Emergency, according to a news report.
His maternal grandfather, Bachan Singh, was a constable who joined the force in the early 1900s.
Amar did BSc from the University of Malaya here and LLB from the University of Buckingham (UK). He has a diploma in Sharia law.