HIS men see him as one assertive, tough cop with a no-nonsense attitude but Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi does have a tender side, and he surprised his men.
The macho cop shrugged off his ruggedness and gave a rare display of his gentle side when he carried septuagenarian Esah Marecan during the monthly police assembly at the police contingent headquarters in Penang Road.
After lifting the 70-year-old woman off an old wheelchair, he cradled her, walking steadily towards a new motorised wheelchair and placed her on it.
The silence was momentary, but the claps when it broke were as loud as when he spoke to his men during meetings.
After the ceremony yesterday, SDCP Abdul Rahim revealed that he met Esah during a commu-nity policing event in Sungai Gelugor and seeing her plight, raised funds to buy her a motorised wheelchair.
A happy Esah said she had her legs amputated a few years ago due to illness.
In his speech during the assembly, SDCP Abdul Rahim said the crime rate index from Jan 1 to Tuesday showed a de-cline of 340 cases or 53% com-pared with that of the same period last year.
“Violent crimes showed a decrease of 160 cases or 12% while property crimes went down by 180 cases or 2.9%,” he said.
SDCP ABdul Rahim also han-ded 72 certificates of appreciation and seven ‘Best of the Month’ commendations to police officers and personnel during the assem-bly.