MELAKA: Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali has expressed sadness over the death of former police officer Senior Asst Comm R. Munusamy.
"May God bless SAC Munusamy, he was known to be a humble officer and may his soul rest in peace," Sulaiman messaged on Friday (Nov 25) when was told about funeral arrangements for SAC Munusamy at his hometown in Mentakab, Pahang.
Sulaiman, like other locals, knew SAC Munusamy to be a kind-hearted police officer, his humble disposition and willingness to help the public.
His former colleague, James Thanjung Tuan, recalled how SAC Munusamy was involved in a shoot-out in the city centre in the late 1980s.
"A senior officer by the name of Deputy Supt Subra was shot dead while SAC Munusamy was injured," he said.
Thanjung Tuan, who is now a lawyer, said SAC Munusamy made Melaka as his home even after retiring from the force.
Former Seremban MP Datuk Hon Choon Kim also extended his condolences to SAC Munusamy's family.
"May his soul rest in peace," he said.
SAC Munusamy was part of the team investigating the murder of the then Negri Sembilan MCA youth leader Mah Ann Ann in 2004.
Mah, 42, was found in a pool of blood with 12 slash wounds at Taman Oakland in Seremban.
Negri police later arrested and charged a woman for Mah’s murder.
SAC Munusamy was also a media darling who would go out of his way to help reporters and photographers obtain information and police confirmation on criminal cases.
Senior China Press journalist Wong Chow Kee, who is based here, said the media has lost a good and helpful police friend.
"The late (SAC Munusamy) has never disappointed us and he goes all out to help as well as guiding us on certain court stories when he was a prosecuting officer," he said.
Former Negri Sembilan Media Club (Manis) chairman Arfi Ahmad said he was saddened when he heard SAC Munusamy had passed away.
"He contributed so much to the media fraternity in Negri. He was also a 'teacher' to some of us in the media when we were then rookies," he said.
SAC Munusamy passed away at the age of 60 at a home in Mentakab from lung cancer at 12.50am on Nov 25.
He was last with PDRM college in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur before retiring two years ago at the age of 58 due to his medical condition.
SAC Munusamy joined the police force in 1982 and was also Sentul OCPD before being transferred to Bukit Aman in October 2018.
He leaves behind his wife and a daughter.