GEORGE TOWN: The Royal Malaysian Police showed a boy here that they do not just enforce the long arm of the law but they go out of their way to grant wishes to children suffering terminal illnesses.
Despite an early morning downpour, a King Air Beechcraft 350 aircraft from the police air wing took off from the Penang International Airport with a special passenger onboard at 10am together with the crew and public relations officers.
R. Ghaayathiraan, who has been suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia since the age of 13, has always held a dream to fly in an aircraft.
The 17-year-old's dream was fulfilled with the help of the Children's Wish Society of Malaysia, who worked with the police air wing and the state police contingent, to bring Ghaayathiraanm, his mother V. A. Geetha Davi and sister R. Swathidharani onboard a charity flight from Penang to Langkawi and back.
The entire trip took only about 60 minutes but it was a thrill for Ghaayathiraan.
He managed to peek from the aircraft's window to see the sprawling chain of islands fronting Langkawi.
Upon landing, he told the journalists that it was an awesome feeling before returning to his home in Butterworth.
The society's vice-president Teoh Teik Hoong said it was a good idea to help the boy as it could cheer him up.
The society tries its best to fulfil wishes of terminally ill children across the country.