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Valiant Sgt Rose becomes first officer to win the Guiness Award
Police Life Monthly - June 1996
On 12 April, 44-year old Sgt Rose Abdullah of CID was presented the Guinness Stout Effort Award for her act of bravery in saving a drowning child. This makes her the only police officer among the 150 people who have received the award since it was instituted in 1978.

Sgt Rose was holidaying with her family when she saw a young boy struggling in the water some ten metres away. She dived in without a second thought.

When she reached him, she grabbed hold of him and told him to stay calm because she knew her first priority would be to keep him afloat. But during the desperate moment, she could not help smiling when he asked if she knew how to swim.


She did, but was just an average swimmer and the attempt to keep him afloat proved too much for her. After three attempts to keep him above water, her strength ebbed and she lost consciousness and sank below.

Luckily for Sgt Rose and the boy, a few fishermen in the area came to her rescue. Sgt Rose ended up spending four days in hospital recuperating from her ordeal.

“At the point when I sank, I surrendered myself to God and thought perhaps this was the way I was destined to die. I just closed my eyes and blacked out".

Sgt Rose who has six children for herself has a natural love and maternal protective instinct all children, which probably explained her impulsive rescue attempt. She says she grew up in a kampung, caring for a lot of people's children and that kampung life had helped to make her tough and daring.

For her bravery, Sgt Rose received a commendation certificate, the Guinness Book of Records, an engraved pewter goblet and a $500 cheque. Associate Professor Ho Peng Kee was the Guest-of-Honour at the award ceremony. As warm and generous as she is brave, Sgt Rose has decided to donate the money to three charity organisations - the Spastics Association, the Kidney Foundation and an orphanage.

Sgt Rose joined the Force in 1971 and was voted the best in drill and turnout in her batch of trainees. After postings to Bukit Panjang and Joo Chiat stations, she served with Radio Division in 1974 and then supervised female drug addicts with the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) for two years. She joined the Criminal Intelligence Unit in 1980, then served with Airport Police and finally joined the Criminal Records Office at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in 1986 where she still serves today.

"I keep running into robbers ..."
Recently Mr Abdul Rahman, a senior supervisor at Motorola, received a Guinness Stout Effort Award. This is his third award and all for the same type of heroic deed - capturing robbers.

In February this year, he caught not one but two men who had punched an old lady and stolen her handbag. He actually borrowed a bicycle and gave chase!

Three days later, he detained another man who had robbed a taxi driver. The robber ran into a lift but Mr Abdul Rahman sought help from passers-by and combed every floor till he caught his man. Three years before that, he had helped the police to nab a snatch thief.

"I keep running into robbers; maybe it's fate" he says philosophically. "But when I see such crimes taking place, I feel I have to do something about it".

Has he ever thought of joining the Volunteer Special Constabulary?

Yes, says Mr Abdul Rahman, but he doesn't have the minimum qualifications required since he didn't complete his secondary education.

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