Aldrin was going to go for DSP interview, reveals former superior

Supt Ernest John (left) with Aldrin's siblings after the funeral.

By Nancy Nais

SERIAN, Apr 22: The late assistant superintendent of police ASP Aldrin Gonda was supposed to attend an upcoming interview for a promotion.

Speaking fondly of Aldrin, his former superior, Supt Ernest John said they’d worked together for a few years at IPD Batu Gajah, Perak.

“I was then the deputy district police chief for Sungai Siput in Perak. Aldrin was a very obedient and careful officer. Any task you gave to him, he will complete it without using shortcuts. Despite the rank, he remained humble and kind towards everyone in the force.

“While I was still in Perak, Aldrin got transferred to Penang. When he got another transfer to Kedah, I received the same transfer as well and we met again. Aldrin was posted to narcotics CID while I was posted to crime prevention and community safety department (JPJKK),” Ernest related to DayakDaily after the funeral service, today.

Although they were in different departments, Ernest said they would always meet at work, have meals together or hang out for tea during off duties.

“He was supposed to attend an upcoming interview for the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) post for a promotion. He was a very promising officer with a bright future,” Ernest said.

Serian MP Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem, who was also with the family for the past three days until the funeral today, said Aldrin’s passing was a very big loss to Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and the nation.

“Aldrin stood for the highest ideals of our police force and Malaysia by serving and protecting the people. It is also a big loss to the BIdayuh community and especially his family,” Riot said.

Aldrin was laid to rest at his village cemetery in Kampung Terbat Leban, Serian this morning.

Aldrin met with a fatal accident at Arkib Negara traffic light junction at Jalan Mentaloon, Alor Setar, Kedah on Apr 19, while on duty chasing after a drug case.

In the 11.30 am incident, Aldrin, 38, who was Kota Setar Narcotics CID chief, died at the scene, while two other policemen, both 26, sustained injuries on the head and legs.

The three policemen, in a patrol car, were on their way to make an arrest at Pantai Johor.

The crash happened when the driver steered the vehicle to avoid a motorcycle that suddenly switched lanes.

He leaves behind his parents Gonda Bong Mim Fui and Milah Majin, wife Anastasia Chu and a 6-year-old son. —DayakDaily

A police officer paying his last respects to Aldrin.