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Wish come true: Five-year-old Furqan Mikael getting help with his policeman hat from Comm Sahabudin as DCP Abdul Aziz looks on during the 214th Police Day celebration at the state police contingent headquarters in George Town, Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

FIVE-YEAR-OLD Furqan Mikael Rahmat got quite the birthday surprise when his wish to wear his very own police uniform came true.

To add to the excitement, his father Kpl Rahmat Muhammad, 33, also brought him to the state-level 214th Police Day celebration in Penang.

Kpl Rahmat, a policeman attached to the computer information systems technology division of the state police contingent, said Furqan wore the custom-made uniform, which he specially bought for his son’s birthday, to the celebration.

“Furqan is the younger of two siblings and has always shown interest in my work.

“He told me that he had always wanted to have his own police uniform, ” he said when approached by reporters during the celebration at the state police contingent headquarters in George Town yesterday.

Furqan, who turned five on Tuesday, smiled and waved to the crowd when Kpl Rahmat brought him to the stage to meet state police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan and state police deputy chief DCP Datuk Abdul Aziz Abdul Majid.

The boy also posed for pictures with some police officers and personnel who were at the event.

Meanwhile, Comm Sahabudin said the celebration this year was carried out on a modest level due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the usual police parade not being held.

“With limited space, it is not feasible to organise such a big event and comply with the standard operating procedure.

“When the new state police contingent headquarters is available, we can organise a bigger Police Day celebration in future.

“The new headquarters for Penang has been approved by the government under the 12th Malaysia Plan and its initial work has commenced near the Sungai Dua police quarters, ” he said.

On another matter, Comm Sahabudin said the state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department had successfully seized a total of RM32.9mil worth of drugs and arrested 1,271 suspects from January to February this year.He said the success was a result of a major operation conducted by police in an effort to cripple drug smuggling and trafficking activities in the state.

“Among the types of drugs that were seized were syabu, heroin, ketamine, Erimin 5, Ecstasy and others.

“Last year, a total of RM43.7mil worth of drugs were confiscated with the arrest of 8,633 suspects and a total of 6,574 investigation papers were opened.”

On the fugitive ‘Datuk Seri’, Comm Sahabudin said the state police contingent has received information about the suspect from its counterpart in Johor, who has put the Datuk Seri on the wanted list.

“So far, he has not been detected in Penang.

“However, we have instructed our men to be on the lookout, especially at roadblocks, ” he said during a press conference after officiating at the celebration.

On Sunday, Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay reportedly said police were looking for a Datuk Seri believed to have been involved in numerous commercial crimes, including money laundering and scams.

Comm Ayob had said the 33-year-old suspect was wanted under Section 130V to 130ZB of the Penal Code for the offences.

The man has been linked with the assault of three Rela personnel after he was asked to move his car that was obstructing traffic at a temple celebration in Kuala Lumpur in October 2017.

He is also alleged to have connections with influential people and enforcement officers.

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