A policewoman appointed as Pahang new CPO

Tomorrow will mark history in the nation’s 200 years history of policing. A woman officer has been appointed Chief Police Officer of the Royal Malaysian Police contingent of Pahang. Dato’ Robiah Abdul Ghani, Deputy CPO of Pahang has been promoted to CPO, upon the retirement of Dato’ Ayub Mohamed.

July 13, 2008 20:17 PM

Robiah Is Nation’s First Woman Chief Police Officer

By Nurqalbi Mohd Reda

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 (Bernama) — Datuk Robiah Abdul Ghani today made history in the Royal Malaysian Police Force when she was appointed the first woman chief police officer (CPO).

The mother of three will assume the post of Pahang CPO tomorrow, with the rank of deputy commissioner of police (DCP).

Robiah’s historic posting comes after having served the force for 37 years in various capacities.

Prior to this, the 55-year-old was Pahang deputy CPO with the rank of senior assistant commissioner (I) for a year.

According to a statement from the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman, she replaces Datuk Ayob Mohamed who retired yesterday.

Serving the force must surely run in Robiah’s family. Her husband, Datuk Ibrahim Manas, retired as Selangor deputy CPO in 2006.

In a telephone interview with Bernama last night, Robiah said she was grateful to her superiors, especially Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, for having given her the opportunity to serve as the country’s first woman CPO.

“As a state police chief, I will carry out my duties to the best of my ability, and do my level best to prioritise and solve all major criminal cases in the state.

“My officers and I will ensure that all pending cases are solved,” she said, and hoped to work closely with the public to jointly flush Pahang of bad hats and undesirable elements.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Deputy Commissioner of Police, SAC I Datuk Abdul Rahman Hussin will be transferred to Bukit Aman the Internal Security and Public Order deputy director.


The first woman police officer who reached the rank of Senior Assistant Police Officer is Dato’ Zaidah Laidin. This is a very encouraging development and honour indeed, for the Police, professional women in essential services and equality in job promotion.

Soon, we hope to see a woman police officer being promoted to a position of Director of Division in the Royal Malaysian Police, which usually carry the rank of Commissioner of Police.

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