PETALING JAYA: The first day of school is always a day to remember but none would be as memorable as having the district police chief personally seeing you off as you entered the school gates.
Nur A'lia Batrisyia Ahmad Sukri - or Tisha to those close to her - became the envy of her schoolmates when she stepped out from a police vehicle as Petaling OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal opened the door for her on Wednesday (July 22).
"Her father would have accompanied her to school today but sadly he passed away on the second day of Hari Raya," he said.
Tisha's father was Korperal Ahmad Sukri Sabang, who served at the Sungai Way police station.
He passed away from heart disease at the age of 42.
ACP Nik Ezanee said he wanted to send Tisha, nine, to school to honour her father's service and memory as well as the sacrifices made by police personnel's families everywhere.
He said while the public can see police personnel carrying out their duties, the sacrifices of their families are rarely acknowledged.
ACP Nik Ezanee said while her father served as a policeman, her mother also tried to earn extra income for the family by selling "kuih" in Sungai Way.
"Tisha would wake up as early as 4am to help her mother before going to school," he said.
On the first day of school for Year One to Four pupils since the movement control order (MCO), Tisha looked excited as she stepped out of the car and headed towards her school.
She was welcomed with claps and cheers from her teachers and her father's former colleagues from the Sungai Way police station.
Before she got her temperature checked, ACP Nik Ezanee poured some hand sanitiser on her hands and supplied her with a packet of face masks.
"It was an honour to accompany her to school in place of her father and it is also a way for us to honour our fellow personnel who have passed on, leaving behind their families," he said.
Meanwhile, in Sentul, Asst Comm S. Shanmugamoorthy also welcomed pupils at three schools in the area.
The Sentul OCPD also distributed masks to pupils at SJKT Thamboosamy Pillai, SKJC Chi Man and SK Sentul 1.
"The students were required to wear masks in school but some of them only had old and torn masks so we decided to visit them and bring them new ones," he said.
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