The recent official opening of the Sungai Siput District police headquarters was a fitting reminder of the tumultuous past associated with this district.
Sungai Siput was the location where three European planters, Walker, Christian and Allison were murdered and which triggered the onset of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960).
The Raja Muda of Perak Raja Nazrin Shah officiated at the opening of the complex.
Other VIPs included Raja Puan Besar Tuanku Zara Salim, Raja DiHilir Perak Raja Jaafar, Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri DiRaja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, Perak Chief Police Officer Dato’ Mohd Shukri Dahlan and members of the Perak State Exco.
The district headquarters built at a cost of RM100.9 million, has been in operation since June 2012 and oversees five stations at Sungai Siput, Lintang, Simpang Jalong, Karai and Salak Baharu. It comprises the administration offices, transport branch and the housing complex.
In his address, Raja Nazrin advised the police to always be accountable as well as professional and fair when performing their duties so as to enhance its image and not attract any negative perception.
During the ceremony, former police sergeant, Arthur Albert Walter, 92, who had flown in from London specially for the occasion and who was then based at Sg Siput from 1948 till 1958, was honoured in the presence of Raja Nazrin, IGP Khalid and Perak CPO Dato’ Mohd Shukri.
Walter’s role at that time was to train the local policemen to fight communists. During his tenure here he had killed 16 communist insurgents.
Part of the ceremony also included the enactment of the murder of the three planters with actors dressed in the attire of that period.
A photo exhibition of life during the time of the Emergency, such as resettlement and food rationing, was also displayed in the lobby of the complex.