200 Years Police Force
(24 July 2007)
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The establishment of the police force in the country
began with the enactment of the 'Charter of Justice' which separated
the power of the judicial from that of the legal which was introduced
by King George III on 25 March in 1807 in Penang. Political
developments in the Malay States as a result of the British
intervention brought about many changes to the policing system until
the states of the Federation of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore
became united to form the Federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963.
With the formation, the administration became one and was named the
Royal Malaysia Police Force and headed by the Inspector-General of
Police (Singapore left Malaysia in 1965).
With the termination of the Japanese Occupation
(1942-1945), the Emergency (1848-1960), The Second Communist
Insurgency (1968-1989) and the laying down arms of the Malayan
Communist Party in 1989 and the North Kalimantan Communist Party in
1990, Malaysia is now free from menaces that had threatened peace and
security in the country. This allows the police to give its attention
to efforts at eliminating crimes such as commercial crime, smuggling
and drug abuse, handling social issues and youth problems, preventing
illegal immigration and piracy activities.
The RMPF has also tackled issues related to terrorist
threats and religious extremists, with the aim of preserving the
country's peace and well-being of the people. The RMPF has the vision
and aspiration of tackling various issues in line with the rapid
national development. Besides increasing the use of the latest
technology, the RMPF has also introduced a five year strategic plan to
strengthen the institution and to make it relevant; recognized and
respected again in order to give a better service to the country.
Hence, the police expects the public to also give its cooperation in
tackling any threats and crime for the common well-being.
The 30 sen stamp features the historic Hutton Lane
Police Station, among the earliest police stations built in Penang in
1880 after the Charter of Justice was introduced, at the background.
Also featured is the Penang Fire Brigade in 1883. It was the duty of
the Police Force to put out fires then. Also in the stamp is the
picture of the uniform worn by a Peon who was assistant to the
'Captain' appointed by Captain Francis Light from each of the ethnic
groups ie Malays, Chinese and Indians. The Peons were also regarded as
the first constables among the lower ranks of police officers that
exists to this day.
The 50 sen stamp features the 'flying squad' at the
background. This para-military group was formed to combat the
communist terrorists during the emergency in 1948. The name 'Flying
Squad' was later changed to 'Jungle Squad' in line with its role in
fighting against communist terrorists in the jungle. In 1951 the
'Jungle Squad' was renamed 'Jungle Company' and then the Police Field
Force. In 1997, the Police Field Force was given another name that is
the General Operation Force in line with the development and peace
achieved in the country. Also on the stamp is the picture of the
uniform of the Royal Federation of Malaya Police Force in 1958. On 24
July 1958, the Police Force was conferred the 'Royal' title in line
with the outstanding service and absolute loyalty shown by its members
at every level in performing their duties in preserving peace and
order until the country achieved its independence on 31 August 1957.
The second 50 sen stamp portrays the modernization of
the police force in line with the spirit and new commitment of the
Royal Malaysia Police Force to serve the people and the nation. The
picture of the Putrajaya District Police Headquarters is the newest
modern district police headquarters which was built with the latest
technology in its administration and services..
The currently worn uniform in dark blue color which is
perceived to be more friendly and ready to serve the country is also
featured in the stamp. Also featured in the stamp are the vehicles
currently used to ensure the peace and harmony of the country is well
protected and the nation can enjoy life in peace and harmony.
|Date of Issue
||24 July 2007
||30 sen, 50 sen x 2
||40mm x 30mm