June 11th, 2017

PULAPOL Bukit Sentosa

Salam Ramadan buat pembaca sekalian, dengan diiringi doa semoga segala yang kita usahakan di bulan yang mulia ini membawa rahmat dan kebaikan kepada kita semua. Begitulah juga harapan saya, semoga ruang yang diperuntukkan kepada saya di akhbar ini, dapat menjadi satu platfom untuk masyarakat mengenali tugas dan tanggungjawab Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) dengan lebih mendalam.

Bagi meneruskan siri Pusat Latihan Polis minggu ini, saya akan menyentuh pula mengenai PUSAT LATIHAN POLIS (PULAPOL) BUKIT SENTOSA yang mula beroperasi pada Mac 2011, dan kini diterajui Superintendan Osman Mamat.

Untuk makluman pembaca, bangunan PULAPOL Bukit Sentosa pada asalnya kolej swasta iaitu Institut Maxisegar dan Kolej Aman. Selepas kira-kira tujuh tahun terbiar kosong, Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) mengambil alih bangunan dan membeli tapak itu pada 2010 untuk dibangunkan sebagai pusat latihan PDRM. PULAPOL Bukit Sentosa diambil alih pada Mac 2011, setelah beberapa pengubahsuaian dan keperluan logistik dibuat bagi memenuhi aspek latihan kepolisan. Fungsi utama pusat latihan ini untuk menjalankan Latihan Dalam Perkhidmatan (LDP) bagi Pegawai Awam yang berkhidmat di dalam PDRM. Bagaimanapun, kursus dan latihan yang lain juga dijalankan di pusat latihan ini. Pengambilan pelatih pertama untuk latihan kepolisan bermula pada Mac 2013 iaitu bagi Kursus Asas Polis Bantuan Siri 1/2013, yang membabitkan 198 pelatih daripada beberapa agensi Polis Bantuan.

Kursus yang dijalankan di pusat latihan ini meliputi:

a) Program Latihan Asas Kepolisan Konstabel;

b) Program Latihan Asas Kepolisan Konstabel Sokongan;

c) Kursus Pengacaraan dan Pengurusan Majlis;

d)Kursus Pengacaraan dan Pengurusan Majlis (Lanjutan);

e) Program Gaya Hidup Sihat – Kursus Instruktor Kecergasan Senamrobik;

f) Program Gaya Hidup Sihat - Kursus TOT Jurulatih Kecergasan Gaya Hidup Sihat;

g) Kursus Penulisan Surat Rasmi Dan Memo Berkualiti (Staf / Pegawai Awam);

h) Kursus MS Words 2013;

i) Kursus MS Excel 2013;

j) Kursus MS Access 2013;

k) Kursus MS Powerpoint 2013;

l) Kursus Adobe Photoshop;

m) Speaking English Confidently at Work Place;

n) Kursus Ulang Kaji Kawad;

o) Kursus Pengurusan Kewangan;

p) Kursus Teknik Mengajar;

q) Kursus Modul Pertolongan Cemas;

r) Kursus Pemantapan Integriti;

s) Program Transformasi Minda (Pegawai Awam);

t) Kursus Budaya Kerja Cemerlang (pegawai awam);

u) Kursus Kecemerlangan Pembantu Operasi/Awam PDRM;

v)Kursus Pendaftaran Terbuka (Pegawai Awam);

w)Kursus Pengurusan Rekod dan Fail (Pegawai Awam); dan

x)Kursus Kumpulan Inovatif dan Kreatif (KIK) PDRM.

Selain kursus berkenaan, pusat latihan ini juga menawarkan kursus kepada agensi luar, sama ada kerajaan atau swasta seperti Kursus Asas Polis Bantuan, Kursus Sukarelawan Polis dan Kursus Certified Security Guard (CSG).

Untuk makluman pembaca, PULAPAOL Bukit Sentosa terletak di Jalan Bukit Sentosa 2, Rawang, di daerah Hulu Selangor. Pekan paling hampir dengan pusat latihan ini pekan Bukit Sentosa yang jauhnya kira-kira 2.5 kilometer (km) saja. PULAPOL ini boleh diakses melalui Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan susur keluar dari Tol Bukit Beruntung atau Tol Sungai Buaya. Dengan menggunakan Jalan Persekutuan dari arah utara pula, melalui simpang ke pekan Rasa menuju ke pekan Bukit Sentosa manakala dari arah selatan, adalah dengan memasuki simpang Sungai Choh ke pekan Bukit Sentosa.

Keluasan keseluruhan tapak pusat latihan ini 16.9 hektar (42 ekar) dan hanya satu pertiga keluasan kawasan pusat latihan ini yang dibangunkan untuk pembinaan blok bangunan, padang bola sepak, dataran padang kawad, gelanggang futsal dan gelanggang bola tampar. Dua pertiga keluasan masih dalam perancangan untuk dibangunkan pada masa akan datang mengikut keperluan semasa.

Struktur fizikal pusat latihan ini merangkumi empat blok bangunan iaitu:

1. Blok 1 - Bangunan pentadbiran;

2. Blok 2 - Bangunan akademik;

3. Blok 3 - Bangunan asrama (kompeni); dan

4. Blok 4 - Bangunan banquet dan surau.

Manakala, kemudahan yang terdapat di pusat latihan ini merangkumi:-

a) Enam bilik kuliah yang boleh memuatkan 30 orang setiap bilik lengkap dengan komputer, projektor, smartboard, kerusi dan meja;

b) Tiga Dewan Auditorium yang berkonsepkan ‘Lecture Theater’ - Sebuah Dewan Auditorium utama yang boleh memuatkan 220 orang dan dua Dewan Auditorium yang boleh memuatkan 100 orang, setiap satu serta dilengkapi dengan komputer, projektor dan sistem siaraya;

c) 28 bilik asrama berhawa dingin yang dilengkapi perabot;

d) Sebuah Bilik Mesyuarat Utama lengkap dengan sistem siaraya, komputer, projektor dan i–panel yang boleh memuatkan 40 delegasi mesyuarat;

e) Sebuah bilik tetamu dilengkapi perabot dan berhawa dingin;

f) Dewan makan tertutup yang boleh memuatkan 300 peserta kursus/pelatih;

g) Dewan Bankuet yang boleh memuatkan sehingga 300 orang dan boleh digunakan untuk majlis keraian;

h) Sebuah padang bola sepak, sebuah gelanggang futsal dan dua gelanggang bola tampar;

i) Sebuah bilik gimnasium berhawa dingin;

j) Sebuah perpustakaan berhawa dingin;

k) Kafeteria untuk kakitangan PULAPOL Bukit Sentosa dan pelatih/peserta kursus;

l) Dataran Padang Kawad berkeluasan 80 meter x 80 meter, lengkap dengan Pentas Hormat dan boleh menampung sehingga 300-400 pelatih/peserta kursus untuk pelbagai acara seperti latihan kawad, ‘Passing Out Parade’, Kawad Komandan, senamrobik dan aktiviti riadah yang lain; dan

m) Trek Senaman Litar.

Saya yakin dengan adanya tenaga pengajar yang berwibawa dan kemudahan serta fasiliti moden yang terdapat di pusat latihan ini, PULAPOL Bukit Sentosa akan dapat melahirkan warga PDRM yang berpengetahuan dan berkemampuan tinggi untuk menjadi anggota polis yang dapat memberikan khidmat yang terbaik kepada masyarakat. Sesungguhnya, aspek latihan amat penting dalam mengasah potensi diri seseorang dan PDRM akan meneruskan usaha untuk memastikan setiap warga kerjanya menerima latihan yang mencukupi, bukan saja di peringkat latihan asas, tetapi juga sepanjang kerjaya mereka, agar setiap pegawai dan anggota polis bergerak selari dengan perkembangan zaman dan cabaran semasa.

Sehingga kita bertemu kembali di minggu akan datang, Ramadan Mubarak, Selamat Menunaikan Ibadah Puasa.

Compiling the legacy of the Sikhs in a book

Do you remember the towering Sikh watchmen and their charpoy beds? With their long beards and strong build, they always looked formidable to me when I was a child. These watchmen were often seen guarding the premises of banks and other buildings with high security needs.

That Sikhs were entrusted with such work is no surprise, says Dr Ranjit Singh Malhi; Sikhs are renowned the world over for their bravery and were highly sought as policemen, soldiers and watchmen.

Ranjit, 62, a management consultant and prolific author, related how the local population in British Malaya were apparently overawed and intimidated by the sheer physical size and fierce looks of Sikh policemen.



Dr Ranjit Singh Malhi says the Sikhs contributed significantly towards nation building particularly in maintaining law and order. Photo: The Star/Sam Tham

“Isabella Bird, a 19th century explorer and writer, saw in Taiping ‘a single Sikh driving four or five men in front of him, having knotted their hair together for reins’.”

Ranjit has written more than 20 books on history, management, personal development, graduate employability, and soft skills. Two of his books on personal quality and self-esteem have been published in Arabic in Saudi Arabia. He has a degree in History from Universiti Malaya (1977) and a PhD in History from Asia e University (2015) both in Kuala Lumpur. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University in the United States. While management consultancy and training is Ranjit’s bread and butter, he has always written about history alongside the business books – “Most people know me as a historian because of my strong stand on writing Malaysian history as it is.”



Najar Singh Bagha Purana driving a bullock cart in Serdang, Selangor, in 1944. Photo: Bhagwan Singh Bagha Purana

For his next book, Ranjit has done four years of painstaking research on the Sikhs in Malaysia and hopes to publish it by the end of next year.

“To date, there is no comprehensive, authoritative and objective book pertaining to the history of Sikhs in Malaysia from the 1870s till present time,” he says, adding that this community has a glorious history. Ranjit’s book will cover political, economic and social aspects.

Presently, he says there are 75,000 Sikhs (less than 0.25% of the country’s population) in Malaysia and the community takes pride that “within one generation, the Sikhs were transformed from policemen, bullock-carters, watchmen, dairymen and mining labourers to professionals including doctors, lawyers, engineers and academicians.

“This transformation was possible because the first generation of Sikhs led simple and frugal lives and ensured that their children received good educations,” he says.

Ranjit says the Sikhs contributed significantly towards nation building, particularly in maintaining law and order. They also played a significant role in the early economic development of Malaya, especially the Federated Malay States.

From the 1880s until the late 1920s, the main mode of road transport in Malaya was bullock carts and the majority of bullock-carters were Sikhs. The Sikh bullock-carters, Ranjit says, contributed to the development of the tin mining and rubber industries. They transported tin ore, latex and rubber sheets as well as construction materials for the building of roads and railways.

Among the Malayan Sikhs who owned a fleet of bullock carts and became prominent contractors were Vir Singh (Pajam, Negri Sembilan), Hamir Singh (Sungai Petani, Kedah) and two brothers, Bhan Singh and Dhan Singh (Kuala Lumpur).

When motorised vehicles became popular in the 1930s, the Sikh were among the first to start lorry transport businesses and bus companies. Among the most successful Sikh lorry transporters in Malaysia before the 1980s were Ginder Singh Gill, Gajjan Singh, Indra Singh Sujapur, and Nashter Singh Rai. Currently, among the leading Sikh transporters in Malaysia are Pritam Singh Agency Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Roda Bulk Movers Sdn Bhd, and Sidhu Brothers Transport Sdn Bhd.

According to Ranjit, in Negri Sembilan, until the late 1970s, about 70% of the bus companies were owned by Sikhs, including Utam Singh Omnibus Co Ltd, Seremban Town Service Co Ltd, and Seremban Omnibus Co Ltd.



Utam Singh’s 16-seater buses in the 1930s. Photo: Jithinder Singh

Ranjit also wants to address factual errors and share new research findings. Among them:

> The oldest known Sikh organisation in Malaysia is Sri Guru Singh Sabha Penang (1895), not Khalsa Diwan Malaya (1903), now known as Khalsa Diwan Malaysia.

> English explorer and adventurer Captain Tristram “Speedy” Charles Sawyer (1836-1911), recruited 95 discharged sepoys from Punjab in 1873, not 110 as generally written. And most of the sepoys he were Pathans, not Sikhs.

> The Malay States Guides were not involved in the atrocities of the 1915 Singapore Mutiny.

> Numerous Malayan Sikhs were involved in anti-British political activities geared towards either gaining independence for India (Ghadar movement, 1913-1918 and the Indian independence movement in Malaya during World War II) or safeguarding the religio-political interests of the Sikh community in Punjab (Akali movement, 1920-1925).

According to Ranjit, W.H. McLeod (1932-2009), a New Zealand scholar who wrote about the Sikhs, described Sikhs as “an extremely capable community which exercises upon the life of modern India an influence far greater than its numerical strength might otherwise warrant”.

Khushwant Singh (1915-2014), a leading Indian historian, novelist and journalist describes the Sikhs as “India’s best farmers, best soldiers and best sportsmen”.

The Sikhs, Ranjit said, are generally renowned worldwide for their dauntless courage, martial spirit, industriousness, honesty, resilience, and assertiveness.

Ranjit considers his book project as “a labour of love”. “It’s also to fulfil my late father’s wish to have such a book written,” he says.

He is committed to sacrificing his time and energy so that the history of his community is recorded before “all is lost!”

“People will remember you not for your wealth but rather for your kind deeds and what legacy you left behind,” says Ranjit. For him, his legacy will be his book on his Sikh countrymen. And he will be able to stand tall like most of them (turbans and all).

Unique college set up to train English teachers, On a teaching sojourn

On a teaching sojourn

ON board the S.S Chusan, a steamer of the Peninsular & Oriental Shipping Company, was how the first batch of 148 men and women to be trained as teachers at the Malayan Teachers’ Training College (MTTC) Kirkby, reached England.

They embarked on their 21-day voyage on Dec 12, 1951 from Swettenham Pier, Penang.

Abdul Rahim Mohamed Yusoff, whose account of the journey is found in “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, wrote the ship was not only home to this group of young Malayans of all races and religion, but “became a floating unifying centre for cultivating a community comradeship which, unbeknown to us, would continue to be reinforced for two years in a foreign land, and would last for the rest of our lives.”


The first batch of teachers arrived in England on board the S.S Chusan.

Some, he wrote, forged more than life long friendships, as they found their future spouses while still on board the ship.

Although in Kirkby for only two years, he wrote, they were exposed to all-round life-long education and experience.

Besides the intensive training to become teachers, he said, they learnt the importance of cultivating a caring society, and the importance of living together in a tolerant and united-close-knit community.

The picture on the cover of StarEdcuate today shows the arrival of the first batch of students at Kirkby railway station, the picture of the campus during summer along with the college emblem.

The students also made their mark by performing various dances. According to “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, the name Kampung Kirkby soon spread and they received many invitations for various organisations in Liverpool to perform cultural dances.

Subsequent batches of students were sent to England on refurbished military cargo planes or commercial aircraft with the British Overseas Airways Corporation.

According to “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, a total of 1,900 students comprising 1,500 for the basic teachers course and another 405 trained teachers for the teacher-trainers programme, were sent to MTTC, Kirkby.

“Kirkby College-A Heritage” states that in 1962, the then Malayan Minister of Education Abdul Hamid Khan, during a dinner with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool to mark the closing of the college, expressed the gratitude of the government.

“The existence of Kirkby College is a symbol of bilateral cooperation between the Federation of Malaya and the United Kingdom. It is my sincere hope that the happy ties that have been forged between the students and the teachers of my country with the educators in the UK will be maintained.”


Unique college set up to train English teachers

THE move by the Malayan government to set up a teacher training college in a foreign country followed an urgent need for teachers in English medium schools after the Second World War.

According to “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, there was no training college for English teachers and the role, at the time, were filled by direct recruitment of probationary teachers by these schools under the “Normal Class System.”

Under the scheme, probationary teachers received training in education theory, practical training, English language and Literature from senior teachers over the weekends.

Upon completion of the three-year-training they would be recognised as qualified teachers.The Malayan Teachers Union in 1948 called for the setting up of teacher-training college.

A training college in Kota Baru, Kelantan was planned but only scheduled to be ready in 1954.

There was an urgency as enrolment of students had increased..

According to “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, what would become the Malayan Teachers’ Training College (MTTC), Kirkby was originally Kirkby Fields Hostel, which was intended to accommodate ordinance factory workers. Due to the shortage of teachers in Britain towards the end of the war, the Board of Education established 55 temporary colleges in different parts of England.

Offers were sent to all British colonies and the Government of the Federation of Malaya decided to use the facilities as a teachers’ training college.

According to “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, Robert Williams, the first principal of the College described the move as unique in the history of education. “For the first time, the Government of a country had established in a far-off land a teachers’ college for its own students. Never before had any Government in the world set up its own College in Britain. The Board of Governors was appointed in Autumn 1951 with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool as the Chairman. The University of Liverpool Institute of Education undertook the examination of Kirkby students thus ensuring that the professional standards of the College should be equivalent to those of its member colleges. At the same time the Institute allowed freedom for the Malayan College to develop in the way best suited for training for teaching in Malaya.”

A trip down Kirkby’s memory lane

A group of former teachers will travel to England to mark the spot where the Malayan Teachers’ Training College, Kirkby, Liverpool once stood.

THIS Merdeka, a group of former teachers will travel to England to mark the spot where the Malayan Teachers’ Training College (MTTC) Kirkby, Liverpool once stood.

MTTC Kirkby alumni from Malaysia, along with those who now reside in Britain, Australia, Canada and Singapore will walk down memory lane on that summer’s day.

Tunku Abdul Rahman made the first announcement of Malaya’s impending independence in the Kirkby College assembly hall on Feb 7, 1956. — Photos from Kirkby College-A Heritage (Revised Edition 2015) used with permission from Malayan Teachers’ Training College Kirkby alumni president Datuk V.L Kandan

Kandan says they are planning to place a plaque to commemorate the college at the park in Granborne Chase, Kirkby, where the main hall was once located.
Kandan says they are planning to place a plaque to commemorate the college at the park in Granborne Chase, Kirkby, where the main hall was once located.

Joining the Kirkbyites will be several children of former MTTC Kirkby lecturers and well wishers including officials from the Knowsley Council who are facilitating the event.

The former World War Two munition workers barracks, which served as the College for 1,900 Malayans from 1952 to 1962 is long gone.

MTTC Kirkby alumni president Datuk V.L Kandan said they are planning to place a plaque to commemorate the college at the park in Granborne Chase, Kirkby, where the MTTC main hall was once located.

Snow covered the grounds of the college, which was home to 1,900 teachers from 1952 to 1962.
Snow covered the grounds of the college, which was home to 1,900 teachers from 1952 to 1962.

He said the Aug 31 ceremony, which will coincide with the 60th anniversary of Malaya’s independence, was specially chosen.

“Coincidentally, the first ever public announcement that Malaya was going to be independent was made in the main hall of the Kirkby College by then Chief Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman (who later became the country’s first prime minister),” said Kandan who was present at the historic occasion.

MTTC Kirkby made headlines in both Britain and Malaya on Feb 8, 1956 following Tunku’s visit a day before.

The conference on the future of Malaya had been concluded on Feb 6 and Tunku along with his delegation to London arrived at the college at noon the following day.


The entrance to the Malayan Teachers’ College in Kirkby, located in the suburbs of Liverpool, which is now long gone.

According to an extract of an account of the day’s event by then senior English lecturer Alexander Walker in “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, following an enthusiastic welcome by students in bright colourful national costumes and battery of cameras, Tunku was escorted into the Quiet Room.

After a Malayan style lunch he was led to the hall where 300 students were waiting.

When it was time for him to address them, Tunku asked the crowd to join him in giving the new greeting: “Merdeka!”, which was enthusiastically repeated three times.

According to “Kirkby College-A Heritage”, Tunku disclosed the outcome of the constitutional talks with Britain to obtain self government and independence had gone on well with all outstanding issues settled amicably.

The refurbished military cargo plane which took the second batch of students to London.

The refurbished military cargo plane which took the second batch of students to London.

Kandan said the idea for Kirkbyites to mark the area for posterity was mooted during an alumni reunion back in 2005.

But the plan seemed impossible, he said, because Kirkbyites who had returned said the place had been converted into a housing estate and was unrecognisable.

Undaunted, Kandan said, some alumni were asked to look at how it could be done.

“We knew then, it was going to be a tremendously difficult and expensive task,” he said. He said the project required getting planning permission and council approval in a foreign country and cooperation from local residents.

Fast forward to 2015, during his first visit back to Kirkby since leaving in 1957, Kandan had a chance encounter with a local community history librarian who would be instrumental in making their plan a reality.

“I walked to the news vendor with my grandson who saw a small notice from the Archive Resource for Knowsley (ARK) who were looking for information about Kirkby Village for their records, in particular about the MTTC,” he said.

Kandan said they rushed to the local library and got in touch with Lin Rice who had two boxes of MTTC paraphernalia including a group photo of his 1955 to 1957 batch mates and him.

Rice agreed to cooperate to help the alumni and to get the necessary approvals, he said.

“I told her we nearly gave up the idea because of insurmountable difficulties.

“She offered to get funding from the heritage lottery fund. It has now become a collaborative effort,” he said.

Kandan said they received the green light for the project last year and about 30 Kirkbyites “all septuagenarians, octogenarians and some nonagenarians, will be attending the ceremony”.

The College Choral Assembly was one of the activities.
The College Choral Assembly was one of the activities.

What’s plannned for the day, he said, is an oral and video recording of their reminiscences of MTTC at the Kirkby Library before they proceed to Granborne Chase for the ceremony at 5pm.

“Then we adjourn for a typical Kirkby College high tea of 60 years ago,” he said.