Published: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 5:11:00 PM
Updated: Monday March 4, 2013 MYT 6:58:39 PM
Remains of two policemen killed in Semporna arrive in KL for burial
By FARIK ZOLKEPLI
PETALING JAYA: The bodies of Supt Ibrahim Lebar, 52, and L/Kpl Azrul Tukiran, 27, who were among six policemen killed in Semporna on Sunday arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base here.
The aircraft carrying the coffins of the officers touched down at about 6.35pm. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak led other police personnel in paying their last respects to the fallen heroes.
The six officers were killed during an ambush by Sulu gunmen on Saturday night.
Supt Ibrahim, a Bukit Aman Special Branch senior officer, from Besut, Terengganu, would be buried at the Muslim cemetery in USJ 20, Subang Jaya, Selangor after the Isyak prayers.
He is survived by his wife Rosiah Dahlan, 52, and three children aged 17 to 22.
L/Kpl Mohd Azrul, is the sixth among seven siblings. The The Klang-born GOF personnel will be taken to his parents' home in Jalan Teluk Kapas, Kampung Rantau Panjang Klang for burial at the Muslim cemetery in Kampung Panjang, Klang.
Semporna district police officer Asst Supt Michael Padel, 36, a Bidayuh from Serian, Sarawak is survived by his wife Jabah a/p Mingku. They have a year-old son.
ASP Michael's funeral will be held in his hometown in Kampung Bidayuh, Tebakang.
Meanwhile, the funeral for 49-year-old Sjn Baharin Hamit, 49, is expected to be held at Jalan Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu.
The police personnel from Alor Gajah, Malacca, leaves behind wife Sumati Suarah, 50 and two children aged 16 and 11.
Sjn Aziz Sarikon, 52, General Operations Force (GOF) personnel in Semporna, is survived by his wife Siti Banddorah Mahalil, 39 and four children aged seven to 18. He would be laid to rest in Samporna.
Kpl/S Salam Togiran, 42, from Sandakan, Sabah, was attached to the Tawau district police. He leaves behind wife Marlinah Utan and four children aged one-year to 16.
He would be buried at the Batu 15 Muslim Cemetery in Tawau.
Assistant Head of IGP secretariat (Public Relations) Asst Comm Ramli Mohd Yusoff said the six policemen were heroes in defending the country.
“They will always be cherished and remembered by all Malaysians.
“Our deepest condolences to the families of our fallen heroes,” he said.
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