Grandma rewarded for role during Emergency


  • Nation
  • Monday, 19 May 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: When the nation began to experience its worst phase of communist insurgency in 1948, Ramlah Senan went to the police station nearest to her home in Bidor, Perak and signed up to become a Woman Special Constable. 

Determined to do her bit towards national security, the then 22-year-old Ramlah served until the insurgency was brought under control in 1962. 

Ramlah, now 77, and wheelchair-bound after fracturing her hip in a fall last year, was among 14 people who received RM1,000 and a certificate from Malaysian Ex-Police Association president Senator Datuk Mansor Jaafar yesterday. 

They had served under the Special Constables, Auxiliary Police and Home Guards units. 

The units together with the Extra Police Constable unit had been set up to protect towns and villages from the communist threat during the Emergency alongside regular policemen. 

Mansor, who also launched the association’s Brickfields branch annual general meeting, told the recipients the Government paid the gratuity out of goodwill. 

DUE RECOGNITION:Ramlah and her grandson Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahablooking at the certificate of appreciation she received yesterday.

“The Government has yet to grant the same request by the armed forces for those who served under the various military units during the Emergency, but it has granted our request,” he said. 

“Police personnel are not the only ones who served and sacrificed during the Emergency, the military did the same as well and we must always bear that in mind,” he added.  

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