Along with the 215th Police Day 2022 celebrations, the Kuching District Police Headquarters held a joint prayer service at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on April 27, attended by about 200 police officers.
May 04, 2022
Kuching District Police Chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah (2nd left) presents a keepsake to Archbishop Simon Poh (center). On (left) is Puan Emmy Suin. Father Galvin Ngumbang is on (2nd from right) and Superintendent. Merbin Ak Lisa (1st from right). (Photo: Todaycat/Shannon Wei)
By Ivy Chai
In collaboration with 215and Celebrating Police Day 2022, Kuching District Police Headquarters held a joint prayer service at St. Joseph’s Cathedral on April 27, attended by about 200 police officers.
Morning Mass in Bahasa Malaysia, held in accordance with current pandemic SOPs, was celebrated by Catholic Archbishop of Kuching Simon Poh and concelebrated by Fr. Galvin Ngumbang.
In welcoming the Christian Police, Bishop Simon Poh said, “I take this opportunity to thank and honor the police force for your work which can sometimes put your life in danger when you face violence.”
He referred to an incident at Kuching High Court in February 2018 when police broadcast a tense situation that could have turned violent. The Archbishop had been surrounded by a rowdy crowd and others were approaching him.
He was later told that there was an off-duty Christian policeman who literally stood between him and the rowdy men so he could “sneak through a gap to safety near the riot police “, and escort him safely to the church.
In mitigating situations such as religious extremism, the police restore law and order so that peace and harmony can prevail. This is what Polis dan Masyarakat Berpisah Tiada means, Bishop Simon said while honoring the police force.—Catholic today