KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 3, 2015:
It was a journey befitting someone deemed a national hero as the Federal Government, State Governments, police officers and civilians honoured Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Leng in his final journey.
Dressed in their ceremonials, police officers acted as pall bearers for Yuen’s casket draped with the Jalur Gemilang, from the Xiao En bereavement centre, to his resting place at the Nilai Memorial park.
Yesterday Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar announced that Yuen, one of the most renowned Special Branch officers to serve during the pre and post-Merdeka era, had earned the distinction to be accorded full police honours in recognition of his service to the nation.
“He had played that pivotal role to bring an end to insurgency which led to the signing of the Haadyai Peace Accord,” the IGP had said, adding that he was also one who boasted of being a Malaysian rather than be identified by race.
The former Perak and Sarawak CPO he began his final journey after eulogies were delivered by Federal police director Datuk Pahlwan Zulkifli Abdullah (representing the IGP), Yuen’s former boss Tun Hanif Omar, former Minister of Toursim and a close friend Tan Sri Ng Yen Yen, and Yuen’s daughter Susan.
“Yuen’s sacrifice and dedication during his years in the police force, and even after reminds the police force of the true role they play,” Zulkifli said as he read the eulogy of behalf of the police force.
“Yuen was above and beyond race, colour and creed.”
What was to have been a private ceremony for close family friends and relatives, turned public as well wishers paid their respects including those who served with him in the force.
Yuen’s demise and funeral ceremony also turned out to be a gathering of the clan when retired police officers turned up to pay their respects.
They included former CID director Tan Sri Zaman Khan, former CPOs Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Tan Sri P. Alagandra and Datuk Henry Chin, Datuk Kamaruddin Hamzah (former CPO Kelantan), former directors which included Datuk Ramli Yusuf and Datuk Khoo Ah See.
All spoke eloquently of Yuen, who they described to be an officer and gentleman, and a hard act to emulate when carrying out his duties.
“He was a no nonsense person, a disciplinarian and was compassionatr,” said one officer.
At the Nilai Memorial Park, the Yuen’s family was presented with a triangular folded national flag by Zulkifli on behalf of a grateful nation.