Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Son recalls late dad’s advice, wants to be policeman too (

REST IN PEACE DADDY: Macluie wiping his father’s coffin.
REST IN PEACE DADDY: Macluie wiping his father’s coffin.
kch-bp050312-aj-michael2SERIAN: Eleven-year-old Macluie Micheal, the only son of ASP Michael Padel, 36, who was killed in an ambush in Semporna on Saturday, remembers the advice his late dad gave to him to look after his mother and read English books.

Mclouie said his dad would always repeat the same advice whenever they talked on the phone and before leaving for work.

“When I grow up, I want to be a policeman so that I can seek justice for ‘bapa’,” he told reporters. Macluie is a student at SK Jambatan Putih Tawau.

The boy seemed to be strong and was always by his mother’s side when met at their village — Kampung Tebakang near here yesterday.

According to his mother, Jabah Mingku, 35, Macluie is a strong boy.

“He was the one who identified his father’s body. He has not cried since we received the news of his father’s death. His strength has helped me to go through this hard time as this tragedy is too tragic to bear.

“Macluie even told me to accept this as fate and consoles me all the time and is always by my side. He also advised me to assume that ‘bapa’ is sleeping,” said the housewife who was all tears.

She also said son and father shared the same hobby – playing football, futsal and both were fans of Barcelona football team.

“Every Friday they would play football together,” she added.

Recalling the packing they did, supposedly for their move to Semporna following Michael’s promotion, Jabah never thought it would be a sign for them to go back to Sarawak for good.

“My husband was transferred to Semporna after he was promoted right after Chinese New Year.

“We had packed 90 per cent of our things and were ready to move on March 1,” she added.

Jabah said she was informed of the tragedy by the police who came to their house on Sunday morning. “I don’t know what will happen in the future without him,” she said, before breaking into tears again.

Coincidentally, the couple had just renewed their marriage vow on Oct 19 last year on their 12th wedding anniversary.
Michael, 36, was the youngest child and the only boy in his family. He was stationed at Tawau police station for two years and for nine years at Kunak before being promoted as the chief of Semporna district special branch.

His remains were flown from Kota Kinabalu yesterday and arrived in Kuching at 5.30pm on Monday, where about 1,000 people led by the Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng waited at the Police Air Unit base to pay their last respects.

Others present included Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and other members of the state cabinet.
Michael will be given a hero’s burial at the Heroes Grave at Jalan Taman Budaya at 11am today.

Since his remains arrived yesterday evening, friends, relatives and members of the public had been continuously coming to pay their last respects.

Among them were Kedup assemblyman Martin Ben, state Special Branch chief Datuk Ibrahim Zakaria and Serian police chief DSP Mohammad Jamali Umin.

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