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India Swa Lakh Sikh In Bloody Soemporna Stands Hero!

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  1. Chaan Pardesi

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    Royal Malaysia Police (Royal Malaysia Police) -


    29 April, 1954, was the most unluckiest day for the people of
    Semporna, near Lahad Datu in east Malaysia.It was a day most
    wretchedly remembered for the inhabitants of this small town, as many
    sacrificed their lives and property. Some even had their honour
    violated, and were raped.

    The bad memories of that fateful day still remain in the local
    population, who witnessed the bloody consequences of violent acts by
    the -mundu mundu (the pirates) who came out of nowhere and attacked the
    sleepy laid back town. Semporna ,is located on the coast, was always,
    peaceful and harmonious and very laid back sleepy community.As usual
    that fateful day, there was an atmosphere of calm and comfort
    blowing in from the deep blue sea.

    The soccer field was located close to Semporna police station had been
    occupied by
    the football fans/players alike , as like every other evening. The
    players had much fun playing football on the field. Several policemen
    were also
    playing and sweating away, fostering strong relationships with
    the local community.

    Semporna police station located under the Control of Police District
    (OCPD) Lahad Datu had seven officers staioned there.The Chief of Police
    Station (OCS) - was a tough and strict looking Sergeant, Sagar Singh.
    Communication between Semporna police station with their headquarters
    in Lahad Datu district were only through the wireless radio.The only
    other route through the sea took about 10 hours.

    The bloody events of that fateful are still fresh in the memory of Mr.
    Bullah Ganggal, a former police officer who recently retired with the
    rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). En.Bullah, a Kadazan
    by descent, was on duty during the incident at the police station with
    another officer.

    He says "Everything begins at 5.30 pm. At that time the residents of
    Semporna are resting after returning from fishing. "En.Bullah Ganggal
    began his story.

    "The young men were enjoying playing football. Suddenly the sound of
    a ceaseless barrage of fire came from the jetty which is not far from
    the police station and the football field, "he said.

    "People in the town and in the field, started running helter skelter,
    seeking shelter and were shouting mundu! mundu! (Lanun! Pirates!)The
    people started fleeing seeking shelter here and there.

    "Looking at the confusion and surprise pirate attack, Sergeant Sagar
    Singh immediately ordered his men to get ready. He ordered me to take
    all the wives and children of the police personnel in the small
    baracks and take refuge in Semporna police station. The station was
    more secure because of the barbed-wire fences and all firearms and
    ammunition were there too. ".

    L / Cpl Bullah Ganggal quickly shouted calling out to the police
    families and children to accompany him to the police station.

    "Even before the families could reach the station, I saw the hole
    amid our barracks, the greatest number of pirates more than 50 to 70
    people had come close to the police station. They split into two
    groups. One group marched towards the police station and another group
    went towards the forest department. "

    Meanwhile, at the police station, Sergeant Sagar Singh, assisted by
    ssome of his me,PC 422-Solomon and PC Jambuan started firing towards
    the pirates. Sergeant Sagar Singh and his men were determined to
    repulse the attack by the pirates.

    The station was defended ferociously by Sergeant SAGAR SINGH and his
    fire.However, the pirates destroyed the wireless communications
    system/devices in place just outside the police station. Thus the
    communication with the Headquarters at Lahad Datu was lost. Help could
    not be summoned, nor alerted about the attack on the Semporna Police

    "We must defend this station to the last drop of blood. Let each bullet
    hit the target and waste not "said Sagar Singh fearlessly to his men
    with enthusiasm. They continued to fight bravely, ensuring they
    maintained a poweful line of fire, despite being outnumbered heavily.

    En.Bullah Ganggal assigned to protect the wives and children of the
    police could not do anything because he had no weapons. If he came out
    without a weapon, he would be shot at once by the pirates.PC Jambuan
    run out of ammunition and was stabbed with a machete by the pirates.
    He was brutally murdered.

    Many of the pirates were armed with automatic weapons, Sergeant Sagar
    Singh and his officers were running out of ammunition, but kept
    constant barrage of fire at the priates, were eventually were killed. L
    / Cpl Bullah Ganggal tried to come out of hiding place to provide
    assistance but was ordered limited by Sarjent Sagar Singh to portect
    and guard the police families, and not come to their own assistance.

    Evenually, the pirates automatic fire hit Sgt Sagar Singh,and he
    died. His men had already been hit and perished. The pirates then
    entered the police station. The Police radio room was damaged the
    equipment destroyed. They also break nto the ammo room and stole
    firearms and ammunition past.

    Pirates remaine dthere commiting brutal crimes. They were shooing
    their firearms to and fro. They continued to search around the houses
    and shops in the town.

    Holed up in the stilness of the police barracks, I heard the cries
    and screams for help by victims of the evil pirates. They not only
    robbed, taking whatever valuables, food, they were also raped women and
    young girls. They were cruel and torturous. ", says En.Bullah with a
    feeling of great very exasperation.

    I was not armed and was thinking of families and children and the
    safety. I really regret That I was not able to help my friends who wre
    killed as grt warriorers.

    "The damned pirates remined for 3 hours ie from 5.30 to 8.30 pm in the
    town of Semporna, committing heinious crimes and sinning against
    innocent people, which cannot be forgiven, "he explains further.

    According En.Bullah, he did not know where the pirates came from,
    but thinks that they could be from Southern Phillipines due to their

    For 3 hours Semporna became a hell hole.. The pirates acted grossly
    arbitrarily because after the death of the Police officers like Sagar
    Singh no one dared to resist. Having satisfied their evil intents and
    desires , they quickly disappeared into the vast ocean with the boats
    with great haste.

    "When the pirates had gone, the families and children of the police
    personnel came out of the hiding place in the police barracks. I was
    deva sted and sad seeing my friends, Sgt Sagar Singh , Pc Jambuan ,
    and PC Gimun killed. Their blood-soaked corpse were mourned by the
    children and wives. I was in tears seeing the event. To this day it
    remains in my memory, "

    L / Cpl Bullah immediately took over as the Head of the Police
    Station. He found that two of his officers are still alive. They were
    playing ball when the pirates attacked. But as I ran to the station,
    they had to hid along with other people.

    After managing bodies of his four offices L / Cpl Bullah discussed
    with the Native Chief (Headman) Semporna, Chief Jakarullah who had
    arrived at the station with some of his men.

    With their help, he made the rounds around town Semporna to collect
    corpses and aid to people injured by pirates' atrocities.They aalso
    found the bodies of a British forest officer, a Chinese shopkeeper
    (tailor) and a young Bajau Semonul., along with other countless bodies.
    The bodies were brought to the police station to be dealt with.

    He then talked with the headman Jakarullah and they decided to send
    two members of the public to Lahad Datu hospital for treatment. In
    addition, they immediately sought help from KPD Lahad Datu and advised
    not be contacted by wireless radio.They sent a messenger to Lahad Datu
    Police Headquarters.

    That night, L / Cpl, Bullah and Chief Jakarullan and his men stayed
    awake and alert in case the pirates returned again.
    The next afternoon, 30th, March 1954, an entourage headed by District
    Officer Lahad Datu, Mr.Dalimore and Chief of Police District (OCPD),
    Mr.WRH Roberts arrived to witness the almost deserted Semporna town,
    whwich appeared to have become a wild deathbed.

    The horrific events frightened the residents of Semporna. Some of
    those who fled to hide did not return home for many days, in case the
    pirates return to terrorize again. A civil servant who worked in
    Semporna, when the incident took place was so terrified that he began
    to 'stutter' and he stuters to this day unduly when surprised, sees a
    weapon and becomes fearful.The heros of the day, Sargent Sagar Singh
    and his officers who
    saved all the families of the police are held with high regard to this
    day among us.Sargent Sagar Singh's statue stands to this day in the town centre near the coast in Semporna.

    Source: News Bukit Aman, 1983.

    #1 Chaan Pardesi, Sep 28, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2012
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