Tuesday March 5, 2013
Donations pour in for families
By KOW KWAN YEE and TEH ENG HOCK
PETALING JAYA: Malaysians have stepped forward with donations for the families of the policemen who were killed in shootouts with Sulu gunmen in Lahad Datu and Semporna.
In ALOR SETAR, businessman Datuk Dr Che Rozmey Che Din, 45, donated RM15,000 each to the families of the two police commandos killed by the armed intruders in Lahad Datu.
He also donated RM5,000 each to three other policemen injured in the incident last Friday and pledged RM200 as monthly education aid for the children of the two dead commandos until they were 18.
“It was very heart-wrenching to read the tragic news. Their wives and young children need public support,” said Dr Rozmey after handing over a RM150,000 mock cheque to Kedah police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim at the state police headquarters yesterday.
Last Friday, commandos Insp Zulkifli Mamat, 29, and Kpl Sabaruddin Daud, 46, were killed in the clash with Sulu gunmen while three others – Kpl Mohd Tarmizi Hashim, 32, Kpl Azman Ampong, 39, and Kons Mohamad Qaiyum’aiqal Zolkifli, 22 – were injured.
Describing the killed personnel as “national heroes”, DCP Ahmad thanked all those who had come forward to support their families, adding that Kedah police also planned to set up a foundation to collect donations.
In MALACCA, palm oil estate managing director Luwe Sang Kau, 65, donated RM10,000 towards the families of the slain personnel, calling it a “small gift” to the fallen heroes.
Luwe, who lived in Lahad Datu between 1986 and 1992, said he appreciated the selfless act of the police and soldiers in defending the country from enemies.
“As a patriotic Malaysian, I am doing my part to show my gratitude to the police and army,” he said after handing over the cash to Malacca police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Chuah Ghye Lye. The Malacca Community Policing Association contributed another RM600.
In KLANG, Selangor Mentri Besar said it was considering setting up a welfare fund in honour of the dead, adding that the matter would be discussed during the state exco meeting tomorrow.