By HAMDAN RAJA ABDULLAH
MUAR: District police in the state have been directed to hold their monthly gathering at the old Bukit Kepong police station to inspire the fighting spirits of former police force among the present day policemen in Johor.
The directive, issued by the Johor Police Chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff recently, was also aimed at remembering the sacrifices of those who served the force in the early days.
Ledang acting police chief Deputy Supt Mohd Salleh Abdul Razak said the district police would rotate holding their monthly gathering in Bukit Kepong from now.
We in Ledang are honoured to be the first district police to hold the monthly gathering here in Bukit Kepong.
We hope our policemen, including those senior officers, will be more committed in their duties to serve the people and in looking at the nation’s security, he said in Bukit Kepong recently.
DSP Mohd Salleh said about 100 policemen and senior officers from the Ledang district police participated in the programme yesterday.
He also said recent remarks by certain quarters which regarded the communist rebels as true independence fighters, not the policemen, had hurt many parties.
Earlier, in his speech DSP Mohd Salleh urged policemen in Ledang to avoid all negative activities that could tarnish the image of the department.
He said they should conduct themselves and carry out their duties with pride and dignity as shown by those policemen who were killed fighting the communist rebels in Bukit Kepong in 1950.
He said although they now faced different forms of challenges, their spirits to serve the people and to protect the nation should remain strong.
It is very important for members in Ledang to have a strong fighting spirit to avoid doing negative activities and in looking after the security, he added.
SOURCE: THE STAR, NOV 21, 2011