Tuesday March 5, 2013
Body of fallen policeman arrives home
KUCHING: There was a solemn sea of blue at the police air wing base near Kuching International Airport yesterday afternoon as hundreds of police personnel gathered to welcome home their fallen colleague, ASP Michael Padel.
An aircraft of the Royal Malaysia Air Wing which carried Michael’s body, his wife Jabah Mingku, and 11-year-old son landed at 5.30pm.
After the widow hugged her mother-in-law and the rest of the family, Michael’s coffin was brought out of the plane in a ceremonious manner led by two policemen playing bagpipes.
Thousands of policemen with smartphones and tablet computers took snapshots of one of the most historic moments in the state’s police history. Apart from the police and some civil servants, several dignitaries were also present to pay their last respects.
They were Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahud-din and Toh Puan Norkiah, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his deputy Tan Sri Alfred Jabu as well as other ministers.
A group of youths participating in a national programme also came carrying a placard praising Michael’s heroism as well as other policemen who risked their lives defending the country in Sabah.
After the ceremony was over, the coffin was put in a police van and transported to Michael’s village, Kam-pung Tebakang, some 10km from Serian town, and 44km from here.
A funeral service will be held at St Joseph’s Cathedral here on Wednesday morning before burial at the Heroes Grave, courtesy of the state government.
ASP Michael Padel was born in Kampung Tebakang on Feb 7, 1977. He was the youngest of three siblings. He applied to join the police in 2000. After he finished his training in Oct 2001 he was posted to Sabah Police Headquarters Special Branch E4 Division.
After three months he was posted to Sabah’s Kunak District Police headquarters where he served for nine years.
On March 2011, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent (ASP) for Economy/External Threat serving in Tawau Police District headquarters.
Shortly after that, he was promoted to head of Semporna District Police Special Branch.