Former CID deputy chief, oldest person called to the Bar


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  • Monday, 06 Jun 2016

Gunarajan’s wife T Shashaikala adjusting his robe after receiving a petition for admission at High court in Ayer Keroh, Malacca.

MALACCA: Former acting Penang CID chief P.R Gunarajan has no qualms being the oldest person to be called to the Bar of Malacca High Court.

Gunarajan, 61, who retired as Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) last year, was among those who were called to the Bar last week. The other three with him who were called to the Bar were under 30 years old.

He served as Malacca’s deputy CID chief for seven years before being transferred to Penang, a few months before his mandatory retirement.

Gunarajan studied law at International Islamic University and he graduated in 1995.

Soon after his retirement, he decided to focus on specialising in criminal law and finally achieved his dream of becoming a full-fledged lawyer.

Beginning his career in the police force as an Inspector in 1979, the father of two also served several other states including Sabah and Pahang and had a peace-keeping mission stint at the United Nations.

The Malacca High School boy was awarded the United Nation’s Service Award and several Federal titles during his time in the force.

Gunarajan’s notable accomplishment when serving Malacca police was when he earned the reputation as an animal lover.

He was featured in international publications for rescuing 30 dogs that were abandoned by a prime suspect in a murder case in Pulau Sebang, close to the border of Negri Sembilan in mid-2012.

Gunarajan told Star Metro he was delighted to be a lawyer and proud to don the robe during the ceremony.

“I thought of retiring for good but then it would not be good for my health and so, I decided to keep going.

“I am also honoured to be the oldest person at the Bar and confident of keeping apace with the younger ones in managing more cases,” he added.

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