JOHOR BARU: This year’s Deepavali celebration for 500 policemen, their families and guests, was extra meaningful when Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar also conveyed his wishes.
In a special video message during a Deepavali gathering, Sultan Ibrahim wished the Indian officers and told them to keep up the good work and to be honest when carrying out their duties.
Besides a wide selection of Indian cuisine, there were also songs and performances involving policemen and their children.
The three-hour celebration was organised by Indian police officers and personnel based in the state.
About 13 Indian policemen, who were either transferred out from Johor or had retired, were also honoured during the event.
The event was attended by Johor police chief Comm Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd along with his wife, Johor deputy police chiefs, department heads from the state police headquarters and OCPDs from statewide.
Police aide de camp to Johor Ruler Supt R.Sugumaran said that it was a good gathering as it allowed everyone to mingle freely without worrying about their ranks.
“Such events are a good place to promote friendship and closeness among not just the police personnel but also their families.
“It also helps to promote the spirit of esprit de corps among personnel in the state,” he said, adding that they had good support from the state police leadership.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru South Deputy OCPD Supt M. Kumar said that this year they had wanted all police personnel not only to bring their families but also their in-laws to liven up the celebrations.
“We want to keep our tradition and culture and want all our family members to understand the nature of our job,” he said, adding that such gatherings helped promote unity among the personnel.
“This event was a huge success as we got good support from everyone, including OCPDs who gave time off for their Indian personnel statewide to attend this gathering,” he said.
Meanwhile, Asst Supt M. Suresh Kumar from the state Commercial Crimes Investigations Department, said that besides the gathering, they even came up with a short video clip for Deepavali.
“It was a good gathering as we were able to meet so many friends from the districts.
“We hardly have time to mingle due to our hectic work schedule but such events are a good time to catch up,” he said, adding that this was their second year organising a Deepavali gathering on a large scale in Johor.