SIBU: The death of Kons Nicolester Dadup Unggat is a hard blow for his grandfather Salang Kaya, as the former soldier's two adopted sons were also killed in accidents.
Salang had lost a son in 2006 in an accident at the logging camp in Kapit where he was working as a mechanic and then lost another son, a soldier, to an injury caused by an accident at Batang Kali, Selangor in 2016.
"It is very difficult for me to accept this," he said to newsmen on Monday (Nov 2) at his home while waiting for the body to arrive from Kuching.
The 76-year-old Salang had adopted and raised Kons Nicolester since he was born.
"His mother had initially hid the news from me but finally broke it to me and to his grandmother. What can I do as he is gone now. And like the other two, they left before me," he added.
Kons Nicolester's mother, 42-year-old Elizabeth Salang said she received the news of his death at about 8am on Monday (Nov 2) from his superior.
"I was shocked and could not continue with the conversation," she said.
Elizabeth said the deceased had planned to come back for holidays at the end of this year.
"Three days ago, he sent a picture of himself wearing his traffic policeman's uniform.
"He told me he wanted to take a picture of him wearing the uniform with us when he came back" she added.
Kons Nicolester's partner L/Kpl Mohammad Fadhirul Musa, 32, sustained a serious injury on the head after their patrol car overturned while chasing a Perodua Myvi along Jalan Kangkar Tebrau - Jalan Tun Teja in Johor on Sunday (Nov 1).
The incident occurred around 5am after the duo saw a grey car with two men inside.
The policemen in the MPV ordered the driver to pull over but he was ignored. Both cars then collided, causing the policemen to crash into another car coming from the opposite direction.
Both the male driver and a passenger in the SUV suffered injuries while the suspects managed to escape.
Meanwhile, Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said that the deceased would be buried on Thursday (Nov 5) morning at the Nirvana Memorial Park here.
ACP Stanley and his wife Monica Wilson later presented a personal donation to Salang.