Friday March 15, 2013
Slain cop’s widow does not want more wives to suffer
KUCHING: Jabah Mingku, the widow of murdered policeman DSP Michael Padel, hopes that the Lahad Datu crisis would be resolved as soon as possible because she cannot bear to see more wives of security forces personnel suffering like her.
“The pain is very unbearable. Even now I still cannot accept his death,” she wept as she told reporters of the ordeal she had to face following the death of DSP Michael, one of six policemen gunned down during an operation against Sulu terrorists at Kampung Sri Jaya, Siminul, Semporna on March 3.
Trying to hold her tears, Jabah thanked all quarters for giving her and her family moral support.
Jabah was met shortly after returning from Kuala Lumpur after meeting with Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti) president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
Jabah, originally from Simunjan, said she would move back to Sarawak to start afresh at her in-laws’ village Kampung Tebakang Bidayuh, Serian.
She said it was sad for her son Macluie, 11, that he would have to leave his friends in Semporna.
She said his friends and even teachers often called asking when he would be back to school.
Jabah and Macluie have been living in Semporna for about nine years, the whole period that the late DSP Michael was posted there.
“Michael had always wanted the best education for our son, so once I am settled here in Serian, I will look for the best school for him. At the moment he will be schooling at SK Tebakang.
“Macluie is a smart boy and performs well in school. His dad always gives him encouragement when it comes to studies.
“He always tells him to study smart so that when he grows up, he can have a good job and earn big salary,” Jabah said during a courtesy visit by Kuching police chief ACP Roslan Bek yesterday.
ACP Roslan also presented RM3,300 contributed by Kuching police.
“He did mention too that he would like to follow his father’s footsteps to become a policeman,” she added.
ACP Roslan assured Jabah that the Kuching district police would assist her as much as possible, including with transfer arrangements here.
“Although the amount we give is not much, it is as a remembrance of the late DSP Michael’s bravery by us Kuching police. This would not be the last of our contributions,” he assured.