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A bioterrorism expert recently became Malaysia’s first female counterterror chief, taking the helm of the Muslim-majority nation’s agency in charge of fighting threats from violent extremist groups. Police Inspector-General Abdul Hamid Bador confirmed Normah Ishak’s appointment as the police branch’s new chief. He described Normah as “a highly qualified, very experienced, [and] tough professional of high integrity, and an excellent commander.” “She is a gutsy officer and there is no doubt she will carry out the task given to her to the best of her ability,” the national police chief said.
A source at federal police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur said she was the right person to lead the counterterrorism unit. “She is a woman, but gender has nothing to do with how one executes the task given. She is capable of carrying out the task as counterterror chief. She is very strict but humble,” the source told BenarNews.