KUALA LUMPUR: It’s been nearly a year, but Jabah Mingku’s heart still aches for her husband and she overcomes her grief by visiting his grave.
The 34-year-old said she was still struggling to come to terms with her husband’s death.
Deputy Supt Michael Padel was among one of six policemen who were gunned down during Ops Daulat at Kampung Sri Jaya, Siminul, Semporna.
“It’s not easy accepting that he’s no longer here. Whenever I miss him, I visit the Heroes’ Grave in Kuching where he’s laid to rest,” Jabah said at the Bukit Aman police headquarters yesterday.
“I’m being strong for our 12-year-old son. It will be hard for McLoie to grow up without a father.”
The housewife added that the tremendous moral support she received from her relatives had helped her cope with Michael’s death.
“I hope that my husband’s sacrifice will not be forgotten,” she said.
Family members of the policemen killed when Sulu gunmen attacked Lahad Datu and Semporna were at the headquarters to receive a special donation from Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terrorism) Director Comm Datuk Seri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.
Meanwhile, Amirul Shafiq Ibrahim, 23, has stepped up to become the “rock” of his family ever since his father, Special Branch officer Asst Comm Ibrahim Lebar, died in a shootout with the armed gunmen.
“My mother was devastated upon hearing news of my father’s death,” recalled the Universiti Teknologi Mara Segamat student.
“Being the eldest of three, I knew I had to be strong for her and my younger sisters.
“I hope to graduate soon so that I am able to help my family financially.”
Also honoured at yesterday’s event were policemen who were wounded during Ops Daulat.
Special Branch officer Insp Mohd Hasnal Jamil, 32, said he was still haunted by memories of the shootout. He was shot three times and suffered six slash wounds to his arms.
“Given the severity of my injuries, I am very lucky to be alive,” said Insp Mohd Hasnal.
“I am proud of my fellow policemen who lost their lives protecting this country against the intruders.”