Saturday March 9, 2013
2,000 signatures in show of support for security forces
KUCHING: In a show of support for Malaysian security forces in Sabah, SUPP Youth and Women collected nearly 2,000 signatures in a campaign yesterday.
The signatures, which came from members of Barisan Nasional component parties and the public, were placed on a large banner in front of the old courthouse complex here.
SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin said it was a meaningful occasion to show undivided support and appreciation to the police and armed forces personnel in Lahad Datu.
“We know that our security forces are defending our freedom and preserving peace in the country. We regret the actions of irresponsible militants who flouted international law and intruded into our land in Lahad Datu. We also regret that police personnel, including Sarawakian DSP Michael Padel, lost their lives to preserve peace,” he said after signing the banner.
Chin conveyed condolences on behalf of SUPP to the families of the fallen policemen, adding that the party was fully behind the security personnel in Ops Daulat.
He then led those present in observing a minute’s silence for the fallen heroes, before handing over the banner and donations collected from the public to Kuching police chief ACP Roslan Bek Ahmad.
The donations, which amounted to over RM2,500, will go towards the Lahad Datu Heroes Fund.
In a joint statement, SUPP Youth chairman Tan Kai and secretary-general Wilfred Yap and Women chairman Tnay Li Ping expressed their gratitude to the security forces and extended their sympathies to the families of the fallen policemen.
“To those who are still carrying out their duties in Sabah, we pray for their safety and hope that they will return to their loved ones unharmed.”