New Policemen recruits: Blessed and Sent

At the end of the Police Basic Training Programme (PLAK) in Kuching there will be a passing-out parade celebrated at the Police Training Centre (PULAPOL). For Christian trainees, the All Saints’ Church of PULAPOL will organise a special Thanksgiving and Blessing ceremony.

May 31, 2020

KUCHING: At the end of the Police Basic Training Programme (PLAK) in Kuching there will be a passing-out parade celebrated at the Police Training Centre (PULAPOL). For Christian trainees, the All Saints’ Church of PULAPOL will organise a special Thanksgiving and Blessing ceremony.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent pass-out Police Basic Training Programme (No.28, 12/2019 Series), did not eventuate. To alleviate their feelings of sadness and frustration, the All Saints’ Church took the initiative of arranging for Archbishop Simon Poh to bless them in a recorded video. In this squad, there are 158 Christian constable recruits, coming from all over Malaysia, of various denominations. They are now being posted to their respective formations throughout the country, with special attachments to Kuala Lumpur and Sabah.

Archbishop Poh congratulated them for their achievements in finishing their training. In  his message, he referred to the scripture verse from Matthew 5: 13–15, for the new constables. He encouraged them to use the Bible App, ‘Alkitab Versi Borneo (AVB)’ for their prayers while on duty. After the Bible sharing, Archbishop Poh blessed these new policemen.

Archbishop Poh shared his memories of All Saints’ Church. Between 1996–1999, when he was a parish priest at St Ann’s Parish, he always celebrated Mass at that church. In fact, he was the one who consecrated the church building in its early days.

All Saints’ Church is a unique and special church. Located at the Police Training Centre (PULAPOL) at Borneo Heights Road, this church is owned by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). This church is meant for the Christian police who work at PULAPOL Kuching. It is also an Ecumenical Church where all Christian police are combined together with the staff and their families and where the Christian police recruits from the various denominations unite. 

The Christian Welfare Committee of PULAPOL is taking care of and running this church for  the good of its members. The Parish of St Ann, Kota Padawan, is also assigned to All Saints’  Church, especially to reach the Catholic community there.--Today's Catholic

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