JOHOR BARU: Retired policeman Suliman A. Hakim could not stop smiling when Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay paid him a visit at his flat in Taman Cendana here.
The 85-year-old was a policeman for five years in Tapah and Kampar in Perak before retiring in Cameron Highlands during the Emergency in 1959.
Now bedridden, he is being cared for by his wife Sulam Ahmad, 61, and 21-year-old daughter Siti Sarah.
Sulam said that despite Suliman’s condition, he was looking forward to meeting Comm Ayob, who personally handed over food aid to him under Ops Bantu here yesterday.
She said Suliman worked as a school gardener after his retirement, but he suffered from chronic knee disease in 2018 which left him bedridden.
“I had to quit my job at a supermarket in the same year to look after him and our daughter,” she added.
Sulam was thankful for the aid as the necessities would help ease their financial burden during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Single mother Maimunah Abdul Ghani, 75, was also happy with the presence of Comm Ayob at her house in Jalan Kebun Teh here.
“We are poor people, and I’m happy that someone prominent like him would even care to enter my little house. I would like to thank the police and the government for this and I hope this food aid could also be passed on to others in need,” she said.
Maimunah is living with her only son Mohd Syafiq Hussein, 35, who is an online tuition teacher.
Both of them have been living there for the past 16 years since the death of Maimunah’s husband Hussein Awang in 2014.
Maimunah, who once worked as a medical assistant at Sultanah Aminah Hospital, is living on her pension of RM1,000 a month.
Meanwhile, Comm Ayob said the state police had prepared 3,900 food baskets to be given to the needy throughout the state under Ops Bantu.
There are 13 police districts in Johor with each being allocated with 300 food baskets.
“Ops Bantu will not be a one-off programme where we will request for allocation from the government to continue providing food baskets.
“Those in need of aid can call directly to any of the police district headquarters and we will ensure that they will receive the food baskets,” he said.
He said the programme was introduced by the Home Ministry in collaboration with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to help those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Comm Ayob said that each district police headquarters would also be designated as a centre for collecting data of the needy so that food aid could be given directly to them.
“Johor police are working closely with the state Welfare Department to identify those who need help,” he said.