Tuesday March 19, 2013
Emotional moment as DSP Michaelís widow receives photo from association
KUCHING: Jabah Mingku, widow of the late DSP Michael Padel, could not hold back her tears when she unwrapped a framed photograph to see that it was a portrait of her husband which was taken during his promotion two years ago.
Members of the Sarawak Kayan Association Kuching Branch who gave her the photo did not realise that it was one of Jabah’s favourite photos of her husband. It was taken during a ceremony where he was promoted to an ASP and which she attended.
The branch’s chairman Mering Wan said the photo was presented as a show of the association’s respect while keeping DSP Micheal’s memories alive.
Members of the branch and those of Sarawak Kenyah Association Kuching Branch led by their chairman Lucas Kalang, visited Jabah and her 11-year-old son, Macluie, at their home in Tebakang, Serian, last Friday.
It was an emotional moment for all present especially when Jabah wept as she looked at the photograph of her husband who was one of six policemen killed in an attack by Sulu gunmen in Semporna, Sabah, soon after the offensive against the intruders in Lahad Datu started.
Members of the two associations also presented a donation to the family.
A representative of the family thanked the groups for their visit and expressed his hope that a new bond of friendship between their communities would grow.
DSP Michael was buried at the Heroes’ Grave here on March 7.