MELAKA: Senior Melaka police made surprise visits to revellers' homes on the eve of Chinese New Year, bearing festive hampers, gifts and sanitisers.
Jonker Walk's famous oyster stall operator Teo Chee Keong, social activist Goh Li Lian and Cheng’s Bertam Satay owner Denny Long were among those who were surprised and overjoyed to see the officers at their doorstep on Thursday (Feb 11) afternoon, just hours before their respective reunion dinners.
Melaka deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Sharul Lalli Masduki and Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad, accompanied by their officers, also spent a few minutes at each home sharing the Chinese New Year standard operating procedures (SOP) for reunion dinner as well as presenting gifts from the force.
The visits aimed to enliven the festive mood of citizens and build rapport with the community.
Melaka police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Majid Mohd Ali and Melaka CID chief Asst Com Mohd Sukri Kaman were also supposed to be present but were caught up with other urgent tasks.
Teo, 53, from Permatang Pasir, said he was really happy to see the top police officers at his house on Chinese New Year Eve.
“This Year of the Ox is really 'ong' (lucky) for me as I never expected the police officers to make a courtesy call to my house, ” he said.
Goh, 56, from Ujong Pasir, said she was a bit nervous when she saw an entourage of cops at her house.
“This is my first time seeing officers with many rank insignias and pips at my doorstep and they were all so friendly, ” she said.
Long, 38, said he was extremely delighted with the visit by the state's senior cops to his in-laws' place at Bukit Beruang.
“I have only seen SAC Sharul Lalli and ACP Afzanizar in the media and today, I had a long chat with both of them, ” he added.
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