AFTER reading in newspapers about the RM3,000 financial assistance to ex-police personnel who had served in specific functions during the Emergency, I got a copy of the application form for my mother to complete.
Her late husband had served as a member of the Jungle Squad when the Emergency started in 1948. It was a terrifying time for my mother as it was uncertain if her husband would return home alive.
Mother had witnessed the arrival of many bodies in the police station close to our home. Duty called and dad responded without any hesitation, leaving mother to look after four young children.
The only bonus was returning home to his family alive.
My father died in 1996.
After more then six decades, surviving eligible ex-police personnel or their widows or widowers will receive this one-time payment in recognition of their contributions during the Emergency.
What a wonderful gift by the department in charge of the affairs of ex-police personnel in the Home Affairs Ministry to those in their twilight years.
I know how proud mother is of her late husband's contributions to the nation as a member of the police force.
Kudos to the department concerned for processing this application quickly. When I went to the department to get clarification about completing the form, I was attended to promptly and treated with courtesy. I observed there were piles of applications being processed.
It was quite obvious that everyone in the department was stretching himself to get the payment to the recipients as quickly as possible. Keep up the good work.