Condition of GOF cop shot by smugglers improving, says Penang police chief

GEORGE TOWN: The condition of General Operations Force (GOF) personnel Sjn Norihan Tari has improved tremendously, and he is able to communicate and smile, says Penang police chief Comm Datuk Sahabudin Abd Manan.

He said the 39-year-old Senoi Praaq member had improved compared on Friday (Nov 27).

“When I visited him yesterday, he did not talk much, as he just underwent major surgery. On Saturday (Nov 28), he was very responsive and can communicate with us and is smiling. He also talked about his family and his job," said Comm Sahabudin.

Norihan was critically injured during a shootout with a group of smugglers at the Malaysia-Thailand border in Perlis on Tuesday (Nov 24).

“He is in a positive condition and is able to recall what had happened, ” he said in a press conference after visiting Sjn Norihan at Penang Hospital on Saturday (Nov 28).

Comm Sahabudin said the doctors will monitor his condition before performing another operation on him.

“He still needs more surgery to remove the third bullet lodged near his spine, ” he added.

Meanwhile, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s aide-de-camp Senior Asst Comm Datuk Yahaya Othman handed a letter of appreciation from the King to Sjn Norihan.

“We are thankful for his sacrifice in protecting our country and we hope that he can recover soon. Sjn Norihan was surprised and overwhelmed when he received the letter from the King," said SAC Yahaya when met at the hospital on Saturday.

“We hope that he can continue to serve the nation when he recovers, ” he added.

On Thursday (Nov 26), Sjn Norihan successfully underwent surgery to remove two bullets from his stomach.

On Wednesday (Nov 25), Sjn Norihan was transferred to Penang Hospital from Hospital Tuanku Fauziah to receive further treatment.

Sjn Norihan and Sjn Baharuddin Ramli, 59, were carrying out intelligence work in the early hours of Tuesday, when two groups of at least 13 smugglers set upon them and opened fire.

Sjn Baharuddin was killed, while Sjn Norihan was badly injured.

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