BY: Michelle Liew
Malaysia continues to celebrate diversity in every way possible.
This time around we are proud to write about the very first Malaysian Chinese policewoman with the rank of Commissioner.
Datuk Dr Lee Bee Phang was appointed as Bukit Aman IGP Secretariat (Research and Development) Chief on March 12, just days after International Women’s Day.
Through the appointment, Lee was granted a rank promotion from Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) to Commissioner of Police (CP). A CP is the third-highest ranking title a police officer can be awarded after Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG).
She is the first ever Malaysian woman of Chinese descent to hold this rank.
Lee has been in the police force for over 34 years, since 1984. According to Oriental Daily, Lee served as the deputy chief of Bukit Aman IGP Secretariat (Research and Development) prior to this.
She was then promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner on 28 May 2015. At the same time, she was also the chief executive of the Institute of Public Security of Malaysia (IPSOM).
Lee pursued her education till the highest end and has received many accolades for her outstanding performance. In 1988, Lee attained a master’s degree in social sciences from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). She then continued on to receive her doctorate in juvenile crime from Universiti Malaya (UM).
Lee received the Kesatria Mangku Negara (KMN) and Darjah Indera Mahkota Pahang (DIMP) in 2005 and 2014, which she was conferred with a ‘Datuk’ title.
Let’s celebrate this story of diversity that we all can be proud of.