Published October 05, 2023
On October 5, 2023, the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) of Bangkok, Thailand, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, hosted an ILEA Alumni Networking Event in Kuala Lumpur. Since 1999, Malaysia has been a collaborative partner of ILEA Bangkok, with almost 2,000 students graduating since the Academy opened. The Alumni event brought together a diverse group of Malaysian Alumni from various law enforcement agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Committee, the Royal Malaysia Customs Department, the Ministry of Health, and the Central Bank of Malaysia.
ILEA Bangkok Team (from left to right) Deputy Kimberly Jones, Deputy Kyle Rego, Kannika Mala, Police Colonel Panarat Norasee, Director Efren Buenrostro Jr, Napanit Vinitchevit, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Ployprapat Pornpetcharat
The ILEA Team, led by Director Efren Buenrostro Jr, along with Deputy Director Kimberly Jones, Deputy Director Kyle Rego, Police Colonel Panarat Norasee, Police Lieutenant Colonel Ployprapat Pornpetcharat from the Royal Thai Police (RTP), Alumni Coordinator Napanit Vinitchevit and Class Coordinator Kannika Mala extended a warm welcome to the guests.
Efren Buenrostro Jr., Director, ILEA Bangkok
Director Buenrostro Jr. opened the event with remarks highlighting the remarkable achievements of some ILEA Alumni (Ahmad Farib bin Che Azmi, Diana Ai Hsin Tan, Kam Kok Kheong, and Nickson Joseph Robi.)
Nicholas Masonis, Regional Security Officer, U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur
Remarks provided by Nicholas Masonis, Regional Security Officer (RSO) from the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, encouraging attendees to seize the opportunity to network, establish new connections, and share insights gained from their law enforcement experiences.
Dato’ Mohamad Zamri B. Zainul Abidin, Director of Anti-Money Laundering Division at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Committee, Kuala Lumpur
Guest Speaker Dato’ Mohamad Zamri B. Zainul Abidin, Director of Anti-Money Laundering Division at the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Committee, delivered a captivating presentation. Dato’ Zamri emphasized the significance of international networking and shared insights into Operation Tropicana, illustrating the collaborative efforts in combating money laundering across borders.
Napanit Vinitchevit, Alumni Coordinator, ILEA Bangkok
Ms. Napanit Vinitchevit, Alumni Coordinator, ILEA Bangkok provided an overview of the ILEA Global Network (IGN) and Alumni Portal. She encouraged alumni to stay connected with the Academy and fellow Alumni and submit their success stories for consideration in the ILEA Day 2024 Awards.
Kalai Devan Perianan, Senior Assistant Director, Royal Malaysian Police
During the event, ILEA Bangkok Alumnus Kalai Devan Perianan, Senior Assistant Director from the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP), expressed his heartfelt gratitude to ILEA and shared valuable experiences gained during his training of the Wildlife Trafficking Investigators Program in 2007.
Diana Tan, Senior Principal Assistant Director, Pharmacy Enforcement Division, Ministry of Health
Diana Tan, Senior Principal Assistant Director from the Pharmacy Enforcement Division of the Ministry of Health, shared a compelling case study in which she utilized ILEA training from both the 2021 DEA – Chemical Diversion Course and the 2022 Emerging Trends in Illicit Synthetic Drugs Course to disrupt the Gaukhar International Cross-border Drug Network. Diana used her knowledge and skills gleaned from these classes, her professional law enforcement network established at the Academy and collaborated with the Royal Thai Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and INTERPOL partners in this investigation to locate, apprehend and dismantle the Drug Network and successfully combatted drug trafficking.
The ILEA Alumni Networking Event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, proved to be a successful event with more than 70 people in attendance. The event reaffirmed the strong partnership and collaboration between ILEA Bangkok, the U.S. Embassy, and the Malaysian Law Enforcement Community in addressing transnational crime and promoting international cooperation.
Dato’ Mohamad Zamri B. Zainul Abidin, Director of Anti-Money Laundering Division and ILEA Alumni from the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Committee
ILEA Executives with RSO officers and Guest speaker Dato’ Mohamad Zamri B. Zainul Abidin, Director of Anti-Money Laundering Division, Malaysia Anti-Corruption Committee