Final farewell for fallen heroes

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PETALING JAYA: The remains of the fallen heroes Supt Ibrahim Lebar, 52, and L/Cpl Azrul Tukiran, 27 arrived at the Royal Malaysian Air Force Base here at 6.35pm yesterday.

The remains arrived in amidst a sea of blue as policemen and army offi cers waited to pay their last respects. Prime Minster Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were present.

Prayers were held with family members before the remains were taken away.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Najib had approved a posthumous promotion for all six officers killed in the Sabah standoff.

"I thank the prime minister for this, as the promotion will allow the family members to get better benefi ts to help them financially," he said.

"We will also be working out some help from the force itself to ease the burden of the families." Khalid commenting on Tian Chua's statement said such remarks were very shallow-minded.

"They are always trying to pinpoint our mistakes just to make political issues out of it. They actually know the truth and also the reasons why we handle the situation as such. However, they try to find fault for political mileage."

Ibrahim, of Besut, Terengganu, was buried at the Muslim cemetery in USJ 20, Subang Jaya, Selangor, after the Isyak prayers.

Mohd Azrul was the the sixth among seven siblings. His remains were taken to his parents' home in Jalan Teluk Kapas, Kampung Rantau Panjang, Klang, for burial at the Muslim cemetery there.

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