GOF personnel stay vigilant on duty despite being away from families for Raya


PADANG BESAR (Bernama): Despite having to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri while on duty to guard the country's borders from being trespassed, this did not dampen the spirit of two members of Pengkalan Hulu General Operations Force (GOF) 18th Battalion from continuing to serve the nation.

For Constable Mohd Mahadi Melor, 24, the experience of being away from his wife and family for the first time during Hari Raya did disappoint him somewhat as he was unable to celebrate with them because he had started his service with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) three months ago.

"Even though I am still new, for the sake of religion, race and country, I am determined to fight aolongside my teammates to protect the country's borders. We will not waver but will remain vigilant, ” Mahadi, who is an Orang Asli from the Temiar tribe in Tanjung Rambutan, Perak, here told Bernama Thursday (May 13).

He said on the morning of 1 Syawal, he contacted his family in the village as well as made video calls to ease his longing for his family members.

He said even though he had just lost his mother-in-law seven days ago, it did not distract him from his duties during the movement control order.

Another GOF member, Corporal Saman Baktiar, 51, from the Semai ethnic group, said that after serving the police for more than 40 years, it had become a habit.

Hailing from Tapah, Perak, he said anyone would feel sad to be away from their family but they have to fulfil their responsibilities and trust to their best ability.

"On the morning of 1 Syawal, I called the family in the village, ask how they are and what food was prepared. Despite missing ketupat and rendang, we will make do with our simple meal with other GOF personnel together, ” said Saman, who has five children.

The 18th GOF Battalion is on duty to guard the country's borders from May 1 to June 1. - Bernama

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