By Peter Sibon and Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Apr 20: At one time, the late ASP Aldrin Gonda, 38, aspired to be a priest before he decided to join the police force.
His mother Milah Majin, 58, revealed that her firstborn had informed her that he wanted to be a priest after he completed his Form Six studies.
“I advised him to complete his tertiary education first. After completing his studies and if he still has the calling, then he can pursue his dream.
“I have to tell him this because there were so many instances, where priests and seminarians leave their vocation and then they find it hard to get a job,” Milah told DayakDaily when met at their village home at Kampung Terbat Leban, some 120km from here today.
She related that soon after Aldrin completed his tertiary studies at Universiti Malaysia Sabah, he did not talk about his intention to be a priest anymore but instead told his father that he wanted to be a policeman.
According to Aldrin’s father Gonda Bong Mim Fui, his son then applied both to become a police constable and officer simultaneously.
“The interview to become a constable came first. So he went for the interview but was informed that he was over-qualified. So he waited for a while, then he was informed of the interview for the officers’ post, which he gladly accepted.”
Gonda said his eldest son’s interest to join police force could have been influenced by his second son, Anselm, who had earlier joined the police as a constable upon finishing his SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysian).
“When Aldrin passed his training, his first posting was at Batu Gajah for one year, before he was transferred to Penang for a short stint and then to Alor Setar where he met his fate,” related the father between sobs.
Aldrin is married to Anastasia Chu, who is a staff nurse working at the Forensic Unit as Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Alor Setar. They have a 6-year-old son.
Aldrin was the oldest among six boys aged between 20 and 38. While Aldrin and Anselm are both policemen, the other three siblings are working in the private sector. His youngest brother is now training as an enforcement officer.
Aldrin, who was attached to Kota Setar District Narcotics Crime Investigation Division, was killed in a road accident at Alor Setar, Kedah, on the morning of April 19, while on duty. — DayakDaily