Cops to Use English on PM’s Directive

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Moving towards transforming PDRM into a world-class police force.

Bukit Aman is set to drastically improve its English proficiency skills, following a mandate given by the Prime Minister himself.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad previously directed the IGP to enhance the force’s command of English and bring it on par with the rest of the world.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said Dr Mahathir had told him to respond to him in English.


“He told me, ‘You must also respond in English now.’ I think he’s assessing my English too now,” he said.

Fuzi said the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will begin using English for daily briefings and operations from today.

“Today is indeed a history for PDRM. This is a drastic step for us. We kickstarted our five-day course for all senior officers.

“Not only speaking but they also have to write well in English,” he said this at the Royal Malaysia Police College in Cheras after launching the English Proficiency course on Monday (Aug 13).

He said the course on Professional Communication English was a “drastic measure” to improve the standard of English in the police force.

“It’s an open secret that civil servants are not up to the mark when it comes to speaking English. They can’t speak good English,” Fuzi said.

He said officers should use English in their daily meetings, but admitted that it could take time for this to happen.

When asked to gauge the level of English proficiency in the force, Fuzi rated it as “moderate”.

He said such an order was timely, as he has always championed a better command of English among his officers, as well as the rank and file.

“We will be left out of the international marketplace if we don’t grasp this language now. Although it is not the official language, it is the most commonly used language in 53 countries and for 400 million people,” he told some 200 police officers today.

“We will conduct more intensive English courses, starting with senior officers in Bukit Aman and then the rest of the country.

“It is in line with our efforts to transform PDRM into a world-class police force.

“We will start at the Police Training College and soon, the courses will be included in all 14 Police Training Centres nationwide,” he said.

The IGP did not rule out the possibility of asking for more funding from the Government to conduct such courses more frequently.

Fuzi said the course to enhance English will be conducted by PDRM’s internal officers whom he indicated to possess sufficient command of the language.

He added that the force will consider sourcing English language teachers from elsewhere only if within were insufficient.

“We will keep conducting the courses next year too and ask the government for extra budget to keep it going,” he said.

Asked the time frame given for the officers to learn, Fuzi said: “We have to evaluate first and take it from there”.

Over 30 senior officers sat for a written English examination this morning. The five-day language course starts tomorrow.