As a member of the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Corporal Yusman Nigon is actually fulfilling a childhood dream.
His ambition was always to become a police officer and Yusman, who has served with the police since 1998, is currently with the Tourist Police Unit of the Sarawak contingent police headquarters.
The Tourist Police is a specialised unit that focuses on preventing crimes in areas frequented by tourists as well as providing visitors with information on the law, customs, culture and attractions within the local community.
“As a member of the Tourist Police Unit, we patrol around Kuching Waterfront, Kuching’s Golden Triangle, tourist attractions such as museums, national parks including Matang Wildlife Park, Bako National Park, Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, and longhouses like Annah Rais and Benuk,” said Yusman, who was posted to the Kuching Tourist Police Unit’s first batch, formed in 2001.
Although the unit has been established in Malaysia since 1985, he admitted he was not aware of its existence until his transfer to Kuching from his previous posting at the Sri Aman District police headquarters.
Yusman finds the work fulfilling, as he is able to learn an array of different cultures through his encounter with both international and local tourists.
Their sincere gratitude for the tourist police unit’s presence in ensuring security, as well as the local community’s positive feedback on the unit’s services, have inspired him to perform better in his profession.
“That is what inspires me to come to work every day, because serving the community and keeping them safe, in my opinion, is something that is noble,” said Yusman, who also revealed that a popular TV show called Gerak Khas was one of the sources of inspiration for him to serve with the police.
Aside from physical and academic qualifications, Yusman said that having the interest is vital for those who want to join the police force, along with the dedication, determination, discipline and integrity to perform a job that is deemed by many as dangerous and challenging.
He believes that ultimately a person’s passion and drive are necessary in whatever line of work he or she chooses.
“Choose a career you are interested in; the most important thing is to do your work with passion and be dedicated in delivering the tasks given to you.”
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