Fallen heroes

Fallen heroes return home
Chief Minister Musa Aman and his deputies Pairin Kitingan and Dr. Yee Moh Chai observing the arrival of the coffin of Detective Sergeant Baharin Hamit at KKIA Terminal 1.

By Fizah Yusof
Pictures by Oliver Majaham

Entering the 26th day of the intrusion, six of the Malaysian security forces who were killed in an ambush by a group of armed intruders at Kampung Sri Jaya, Simunul, Semporna on Saturday were brought home yesterday.

Detective Sergeant Baharin Hamit, 49, one of the policemen who were killed at Kampung Sri Jaya, Simunul, Semporna by the armed intruders was flown from Tawau airport. The body arrived at KKIA around 2.00 pm on Monday.

Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman and wife, Datin Seri Panglima Faridah Tussin were present to pay their last respect.

Musa said that the Sabah government on behalf of all Sabahans sent deep condolences to the families of the officers and four policemen who were killed.

"We are very sad over this incident and pray that the family members would be given the strength to face their grief," he said to the reporters in a press conference at KKIA, on Monday.

Chief Minister Musa Aman consoling Sumiati Suarah, widow of Detective Sergeant Baharin Hamit.
Detective Sergeant Baharin Hamit from the Sabah police contingent who was killed in an ambush at Kampung Sri Jaya, Simunul, Semporna originated from Alor Gajah, Melaka. He left a widow, Sumiati Suarah, 50 and two children aged 16 and 11.

His body was laid to rest at Batu 2 1/2 Jalan Tuaran, yesterday.

Amidst the tense situation in Lahad Datu and Semporna, Musa appealed to all the people in the state to continue to be united in facing the threat posed by the intruders.

"We must have greater confidence in the ability of Malaysian security forces to defend us and bring back peace and security to Sabah," he said.

Musa also said that the state government will consider what help the government will provide to the families of the police personnel killed in action.

The other five killed were ASP Michael Padel from the Semporna district police headquarters, Supt Ibrahim Lebar from Bukit Aman, Sergeant Abd Azis Sarikon, Lance Corporal Mohd Azrol Tukiran and Corporal Salam Tongiran from the General Operations Force (PGA) Tawau. - Insight Sabah

Posted on March 5, 2013

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