Come rain or shine

Malaysians laud force’s sac­ri­fice in try­ing times

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They were sup­posed to be cel­e­brat­ing the 213th Po­lice Day. In­stead, our men and women in blue, joined by their com­rades from the armed forces, were in the streets keep­ing us safe. And in some cases, sav­ing us from our­selves.

PETALING JAYA: Rain or shine, they are there to see to it that the na­tion’s top pri­or­ity – the move­ment con­trol or­der (MCO) – is strictly en­forced.

Mem­bers of the po­lice force and armed forces are do­ing a great job keep­ing things in check, play­ing a cru­cial role to en­sure that the deadly Covid-19 pan­demic is checked.

The men in blue set aside their Po­lice Day pa­rade on Wed­nes­day and the usual month-long cel­e­bra­tion that fol­lows to fo­cus on the task at hand.

In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Ab­dul Hamid Bador said he was proud of the way his per­son­nel were re­spond­ing to the cri­sis.

“Brav­ing the ex­treme weather out there, they carry on with ut­most ded­i­ca­tion in ex­e­cut­ing the or­der of the govern­ment,” he said when con­tacted.

He said de­spite the lack of ba­sic pro­tec­tive equip­ment, he re­ceived “al­most no com­plaints”.

“To all my brave men and women out there, I of­fer you my firmest salute,” he said in wish­ing them a happy 213th Po­lice Day.

MCA Pub­lic Ser­vices and Com­plaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong praised the po­lice and army for dis­play­ing ut­most pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

“I have seen them work­ing un­der the sun but they have al­ways been po­lite and pro­fes­sional.

“The pub­lic must show their ap­pre­ci­a­tion. This is the time for all of us to show our sup­port to our he­roes,” he said.

Harry Teh, a marine man­ager in the oil and gas in­dus­try, also sang his praises.

“The po­lice and armed forces have put our safety, se­cu­rity and well-be­ing above ev­ery­thing else. We pray for their safety. Thank you for tak­ing care of our families,” the 41-year-old father said.

Call cen­tre tech­ni­cal sup­port op­er­a­tor Syed Muham­mad Adam Syed Mo­hamed Zaid Al-Zawawi, 25, said: “Times may be tough, but our he­roes out there are tougher. If I could pass my en­ergy to them, I would!”

Graphic designer Nu­rul Hazwani Mat, 28, also thanked the po­lice and sol­diers.

“They have done a very good job, work­ing round the clock and away from their homes and families. De­spite all the dif­fi­cul­ties they face, they still are committed.”

Work as usual: Work­ers clean­ing a park in SS2, Petaling Jaya.

Riding out the storm: rapid bus driv­ers work­ing at their sta­tion in Pu­chong Utama.

Happy to serve: (Top) Work­ers at a lo­cal phar­macy in Sun­gai Bu­loh with mes­sages pasted on their face shields urg­ing oth­ers to take safety mea­sures. (Left) a rider de­liv­er­ing a pack­age in Petaling Jaya.

Some­one’s got to do it: a garbage col­lec­tor do­ing his rounds in Bukit Bin­tang.

Do your part: Post­men hold­ing mes­sages urg­ing oth­ers to #stayhome.

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