Sombre atmosphere as policeman’s remains received by family at KIA

Gonda (kneeling) makes the sign of the cross next to his son's casket.

by Nancy Nais

KUCHING, April 21: A white casket containing the remains of the late ASP Aldrin Gonda was received by his heartbroken parents Gonda Bong Mim Fui and Milah Majin as police officers and cargo staff carried the casket off a cargo plane this morning.

No parent would want to see their children returning to them this way.

The cargo plane landed at 9.15am at Kuching International Airport.

Earlier on, Gonda and Milah were observed maintaining their composure as they waited for the plane to arrive.

Gonda was seen speaking with several police officers and sorting some documents while Milah was seated at a rest section with another family member.

From left: Gonda, Milah and a relative, accompanied by a police officer at the Mas Cargo hall.

However, as Aldrin’s remains was brought inside the Mas Cargo hall at about 9.30am, his parents broke down and were inconsolable. They appeared at a loss for words as they approached their eldest son’s casket and were given a moment to grieve.

Afterwards, six police officers dressed in full uniform lifted the casket and gently loaded it into a white hearse.

A group of about 30 police officers were also present to pay their respects as the hearse left for Kampung Terbat Leban in Tebakang, some 120km from here.

Seen is the white casket containing Aldrin’s remains inside a white hearse, accompanied by his parents.

Aldrin, 38, was a senior police officer attached to Kota Setar District Narcotics Crime Investigation division.

He was fatally injured in a vehicle accident while on duty at Alor Setar, Kedah on April 19.

Aldrin will be buried tomorrow (April 22) at Kampung Terbat Leban.

He leaves behind his wife Anastasia Chu and their six-year-old son. — DayakDaily