Monday March 11, 2013
Lahad Datu: Injured policeman now in Ipoh hospital
IPOH: VAT 69 commando Kpl Mohamad Qaiyum Aiqal Zolkipli, who was injured in a clash with armed militants in Lahad Datu, was brought here on a special flight before being taken to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for treatment.
Among those who welcomed the 22-year-old policeman at the Police Operations Training Base here were his family members, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, deputy CPO Senior Asst Comm Datuk A. Paramasivam and State Secretary Datuk Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan.
Kpl Mohamad Qaiyum, who flew in a police Beechcraft aircraft accompanied by a doctor, reached the base at about 2.50pm yesterday.
SAC Paramasivam said the police corporal, from Batu Pahat, was shot in his right shoulder during the clash with the militants.
Kpl Mohamad Qaiyum’s brother-in-law L/Kpl Fahmi Mohktar, 28, who is also a policeman based at the Bukit Aman police headquarters, said Mohamad Qaiyum had just joined the elite police unit a year ago after joining the police force when he was 18.
At a separate function earlier, Dr Zambry said he was saddened that there were still people who made cynical remarks over the attacks.
“It is as if they are heartless and have no emotion about what is happening to our security forces.
“We might have different political ideals but we should be grateful for the sacrifices made by our policemen on the frontlines,” he said.