PULAU INDAH: Marine police Kpl Ab Rajah Jamuan was posthumously awarded the rank of Sergeant after he lost his life to Filipino gunmen during a surprise attack on a security post in Pulau Mabul.
Housewife Salamah Amad, who has a one-year-old son with Sjn Ab Rajah, looked solemn as she accepted the award at the marine police headquarters here yesterday.
"It was not easy but I have come to accept his death as part of God's plans," said the 26-year-old.
"The endless support we received from the police and government has helped our little family through these challenging times," she said.
Sjn Ab Rajah and Kons Zakiah Aliep, 26, were having a meal at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort security post, near Semporna in Sabah, when they were fired upon by masked gunmen at around 11.10pm on July 12.
The gunmen then abducted Kons Zakiah and have since been holding him captive.
Federal Management director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Fuzi Harun said efforts to rescue him were ongoing.
"We will not stop until we have found Kons Zakiah and brought him back to safety," he said after officiating at the 67th Marine Police Day celebration yesterday.
Comm Mohd Fuzi said the scope of police work was not limited to protecting Malaysia's waters from foreign invasion.
"We also monitor illegal border-crossing activities, which include smuggling and abuse of resources," he said.