Royal Malaysian Police Museum
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The Royal Malaysia Police Museum (Malay: Muzium Polis Diraja Malaysia) is a museum that showcases the history of the Malaysia police force, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The museum includes exhibits from the history of the Royal Malaysia Police since its origins under British colonial rule until the 1970s.
The original wooden Royal Malaysia Police Museum was built in 1958 under the supervision of Police Training Centre (PULAPOL) Superintendent P.B. Gerry Waller. Its early collections exhibited the instructional materials from the Police Training Centre.
To accommodate the growing number of artifacts, Police Inspector-General Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar first proposed moving the museum to a new location in Kuala Lumpur on 16 October 1983. Construction on the site began on 18 February 1993 and was finished after four years, at a cost of 4.9 million ringgit for construction and 2.9 million ringgit for interior design. Deputy Prime Minister Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi unveiled the grand opening of the new museum site in July 1998.
The Royal Malaysia Police Museum is divided into three lettered galleries. Gallery A is dedicated to the colonial police, and displays old police uniforms and equipment. Gallery B showcases the history of the police force's vehicles as well as unusual evidence from past cases, including from investigations into triads, secret societies, and communists. The final gallery, Gallery C, is dedicated to the role of the Royal Malaysia Police during specific historical periods, including the Japanese occupation during WWII and the Bukit Kepong Incident during the communist insurgency.
The museum is accessible within walking distance west of Kuala Lumpur railway station.
- Lenzi, Iola (2004). Museums of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Archipelago Press. pp. 200 pages. ISBN 981-4068-96-9.
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