Condolences pour in for late IGP Hanif Omar

Condolences pour in for late IGP Hanif Omar

Condolences pour in for late IGP Hanif Omar
The remains of former IGP Hanif Omar are expected to be laid to rest at the Heroes’ Mausoleum after prayers at the National Mosque today.

KUALA LUMPUR: Sultan of Pahang Sultan Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has expressed his condolences to the family of former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Hanif Omar who died early this morning.

Also expressing her condolences was the Tengku Ampuan of Pahang, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, Bernama reported.

Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Tengku Permaisuri Selangor Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin also expressed their condolences to Hanif’s family.

Hanif, 85, died at 2.15am today due to kidney disease.


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Earlier, IGP Razarudin Husain also extended condolences on behalf of the police force to Hanif’s family.

Hanif’s remains are expected to be laid to rest at the Heroes’ Mausoleum after zuhur prayers at the National Mosque today.

He became the fourth IGP at the age of 35 on June 8 1974 and retired on Jan 15, 1994, becoming the longest-serving IGP in Malaysia for 20 years.

He replaced Abdul Rahman Hashim, who was killed in a communist attack in Kuala Lumpur.

Born in Teluk Intan, Perak, on Jan 16,1939, he received his early education at the Anglo Chinese School and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar.


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He then pursued his studies at the University of Malaya, Singapore, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1959 before obtaining a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Buckingham, UK.

Hanif’s career journey in the police force began as cadet assistant superintendent on June 8, 1959, before holding several high-ranking positions, including as the Melaka police chief on Sept 7, 1970 and Selangor police chief on Dec 6, 1971.

He assumed the position of deputy IGP on Feb 1, 1973.

A year into his tenure as IGP, Hanif established the elite counter-terrorism unit, the Special Actions Unit (UTK), on Jan 1, 1975, and played a pivotal role in the rescue operation during the AIA building hostage crisis in August of the same year.

Hanif served as the principal staff officer (police) of the National Operations Council (May 18, 1969) after the May 13 incident.


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He was also one of the five police officers who escorted the first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, to the Manila Conference during the establishment of Maphilindo in 1963.

He was also one of the representatives of the government at the peace treaty signed by the Communist Party of Malaya with the governments of Malaysia and Thailand on Dec 2, 1989, in Haadyai, Thailand.

After retiring in January 1994, Hanif served as a member of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Police (2004-2005), patron of the Yayasan Pengaman Malaysia and president of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

He was also actively involved in the corporate world, holding several key positions such as chairman of Maxis Communications Bhd and deputy chairman of Genting Berhad and Resorts World Berhad.

Condolences pour in for late IGP Hanif Omar




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