FORMER top cop Tan Sri Zaman Khan passed away this morning at the National Heart Institute (IJN), at about 10am.
He was 79 years of age.
Malay daily, Utusan Malaysia said the matter was confirmed by former Inspector-General of Police Tun Haniff Omar.
“Zaman Khan’s remains will be brought to the Bukit Aman mosque for ritual prayers. Today, I lost a brother,” he was reported saying.
It was said that Zaman Khan was suffering from a kidney ailment and had fainted while waiting for his doctor’s appointment at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Zaman Khan was a media darling back in the 1980s and 1990s for being tough against crime, with his encounters with then notorious criminals Botak Chin and P Kalimuthu (Bentong Kali) becoming talk of the town.
Born on Dec 1, 1941, Zaman Khan grew up in Pasir Mas, Kelantan and later on, received education at the prestigious Victoria’s Institution in 1959.
His last post at the Royal Malaysian Police was as Bukit Aman CID chief. He was later transferred to become Prisons Department director-general.
In an interview with FocusM on April 24, Zaman Khan had called for the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), saying it would be beneficial to the country.
The veteran cop also told FocusM that the authorities should treat members of the lesbian, gay lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community with compassion instead of punishing them.
Zaman Khan leaves behind a wife, Puan Sri Rosnah Ahmad and five children. – Sept 11, 2021.