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JOHOR BARU, Dec 1, 2015:

Newly-minted Johor police chief Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd pledged to ensure that safety and public order will be a priority in the state, as well as tackling crime.

The former Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department deputy director (strategic planning) said he would continue the work by the former state police chief.

“The most important is that the people’s welfare should come first, before taking various measures to reduce the crime rate.

“I will also discuss the matter with my deputy Datuk Aishah Mohammad to draw up programmes for the welfare of the people,” he said at the Johor police contingent headquarters here today.

Earlier, Wan Ahmad was handed the position of the state’s top cop from the acting Johor police chief Datuk Ramli Hassan.

The ceremony was witnessed by federal police management director Commissioner Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah.

Ramli, who is also Johor Special Branch director, took over the role of acting state police chief since Nov 3 after Datuk Rusli Ahmad was appointed as head of the Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Research and Development) in Bukit Aman.

Wan Ahmad now helms the Johor police and brings with him 36 years of policing experience.

The 57-year-old career police officer, who hails from Besut in Terengganu, has held various positions within the police force, including a stint at the Home Ministry as liaison officer.

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