Large crowd turns out for funeral of Esscom officer

KOTA KINABALU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) bid their final farewell to its Land Operations Division chief of staff Senior Asst Comm Datuk M. Chandra during his wake here.

Fondly known as Chandra, the 56-year-old’s wake also drew a huge crowd who came to pay their last respects yesterday.

They comprised colleagues, politicians, media practitioners, teachers, community leaders as well as celebrities, including veteran entertainer Datuk DJ Dave.

“He was a very dedicated officer and was very much well liked by many for being friendly. His passing is a great loss to the team,” said Esscom Deputy Comm Datuk Victor Sanjos in his eulogy.

Sabah police commissioner Datuk Jauteh Dikun said Chandra was a dedicated and hardworking person.

The late officer’s remains were cremated following Hindu rites at the Fook Lu Siew funeral parlour here.

Chandra was found unconscious at his house at around 7am on Saturday and was rushed to the Sabah Women and Children’s Hospital in Likas.

He was pronounced dead at 8.45am despite efforts to resuscitate him.

The Johorean, who served the force for three decades, came to Sabah as a probationary assistant superintendent at the Penampang police station before rising up the ranks.

During his tenure, he was also the Kota Kinabalu district police chief from 2014 to 2018.

He is survived by his wife Datin Vyetty Thomas Tajal and three children, Loshini, 20, Laxman, 18, and Laxme, 16.

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