KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 ― An eight-year-old German Shepherd was awarded with a medal of honour for his efforts in tracking down and giving chase to robbery suspects who had fled into the woods and ultimately led to their arrests, last month.
Murat, a police service dog attached to the Segamat K9 unit in Johor, was given a “Jasamu DiKenang” medal while his handler, lance corporal Hardin Anak Ng Kang, was given a certificate of recognition for their part in the arrests last November 16.
A post on the Malaysian Royal Police’s Facebook page said that the awards were given to the duo by Johor police chief Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd. The post received over 2,200 “likes”and other expressions and shared 277 times in the first three hours it was posted.
Malaysians also lavished praise onto the dog and his trainer for the dog’s contribution to society.
According to a report in local daily theSun, Murat is believed to be the first police dog in the state bestowed the honorary medal.
The report quoted Wan Ahmad saying that police were chasing a robber suspect from “geng Kapak” from Kulai to Simpang Rengam but lost him when he abandoned his car and jumped into a river in Simpang Rengam during a heavy downpour.
Murat was called in to track the suspects which led to their arrests and had also helped police solve two other crime cases.