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Overweight Malaysia cops feel the burn

The Royal Malaysian Police says about 11,000 of its 122,000 officers - nearly 10 per cent - are overweight, causing rising health-related absenteeism and costing millions of dollars in lost productivity.

Kuala Lumpur

HUFFING and puffing, sweat-soaked Malaysian police officer Mohamad Ra'ayim Jemahir strains in hot pursuit of an elusive quarry: a fit physique.

Panting on an exercise bike, the 102-kilogramme Mr Ra'ayim is among thousands of overweight Malaysian officers who have been