BY: Zaki Salleh
IPOH: The average age of these individuals ranges from 65 to 80 years old, with some in a frail state, yet their spirits remain as vigorous as they were in their youth.
Much of their early years were spent safeguarding the nation during a tumultuous period marked by the threat of communist terrorists.
Now, in appreciation of their service and contributions, the nation confers the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara (PJPN).
The conferment of PJPK at the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) Perak Contingent Series 2/2023 was officiated by the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad.
Present were the State Police Chief, Dato’ Sri Mohd Yusri Hassan Basri, as well as the heads of PDRM departments in the state.
A total of 408 recipients were awarded PJPN, comprising 318 retired PDRM personnel who served during the emergency era from July 1948 to October 1990.
Additionally, 90 dependents of retirees and 10 members of the Perak Contingent Police still in service received PJPN.
In his speech, Saarani expressed that the significant sacrifices made by these police officers during their service were immense and invaluable to the state and the nation.
“This is a recognition by the Malaysian Government, particularly the Perak State Government, for their service to the community and the nation.
“Congratulations to today’s recipients; their service and dedication to the community and the nation are truly appreciated by the government,” he said.