DCP Datuk Robiah Abdul Ghani created history in the Malaysian Police after being appointed as the Chief Police Officer (CPO) for the Pahang state, making it the first woman in the country to hold the portfolio.
CPO is the number one ranked position for every state’s police force. Robiah, 56, assumed the duty beginning on July 2008 and took over the helm from predecessor Datuk Ayob Mohamed.
But this is not the first for her. Almost 40 years ago, she made her mark to become the first platoon commander of the country’s first women Police Field Force (PFF) which was formed back in 1973.
Since joining the police force, she has served almost every unit and department such as CID, narcotics and management, disciplinary unit and others. She is considered as ‘one of the toughest police women’ to deal with in the country. At the moment, there are more than 9,000 women police officers in Malaysia.
Robiah was schooled in SM Convent Bukit Nenas, Kuala Lumpur, and was active in sports and co-curricular activities such as athletics, netball and hockey. While enrolling into clerical courses, she stumbled upon an advertisement recruiting for the police. Encouraged by the father, who was also in the force, she decided to give it a try.
Robiah is a mother of 3, with the husband a police retiree, whose last position was as Selangor’s Deputy Chief Officer. (Image: The Star)