ALOR SETAR: Orang Asli policeman Kpl Baharuddin Ramli (pic) who was killed was a member of the feared and respected Senoi Praaq, which in the Semai language means “War People”.
Known for their tracking abilities in the jungle, Orang Asli police officers are highly valued by the Malaysian police.
First established in 1956, the Senoi Praaq are crack troops of the General Operations Force (GOF) and specialised in deep jungle reconnaissance work.
They are famed for their tracking and survival skills in the GOF.
In a statement, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said Kpl Baharuddin was attached to the Senoi Praaq in GOF’s Northern Brigade.
He and his partner Kpl Norihan Tari were carrying out intelligence work when two groups of smugglers set upon them and opened fire.
“Kpl Baharuddin’s passing is a great loss to the force, ” he added.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in a Facebook post, conveyed his condolences to the family of Kpl Baharuddin.
He also expressed sadness that Kpl Norihan was shot in the stomach during the attack.
“Norihan and the late Baharuddin are frontliners involved in guarding the country’s borders against illegal entry, especially at a time when the country is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he added.
Muhyiddin hoped that the family members of Kpl Baharuddin would remain patient in facing this trial and prayed for the speedy recovery of Kpl Norihan so that he could resume duty.
“The government is truly grateful to (the) sacrifices of Kpl Baharuddin and Kpl Norihan, and also to all the other frontliners who are serving the country with such spirit and dedication.
“I pray that all of you will remain safe and protected by Allah, ” Muhyiddin said.
Kpl Baharuddin’s stepbrother Kpl Basir Sampe, 43, said Baharuddin, who was the fourth of eight siblings, had served as a GOF personnel for more than 30 years and was very strict in carrying out his responsibilities.
Perlis police chief Datuk Surina Saad said Kpl Baharuddin and
Kpl Norihan were involved in a gunfight against at least 13 smugglers.
Thailand’s Commander of the 5th Infantry Division Major-General Santi Sakuntanak said of the three Thais believed to be involved in the shootout and were later captured by Thai police, one was in critical condition and two were injured.
“We will facilitate with the Malaysian authorities in the investigation, ” he told Bernama when contacted.
Major-Gen Santi said Thailand’s Commander of Region Four has sent a letter to the office of Thailand-Malaysia Border Coordination to express condolences to the family members of Kpl Baharuddin.
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