An Army Legend Is Celebrated by Major A R RAMACHANDRAN (Rtd)
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Via WhatsApp : They say legends are born everyday, but few are remembered. It was a warm and humid evening in Lukut town where 31 of us gathered to celebrate the 89th birthday of Colonel Harchand Singh, on 12th April 2019.
Ably, and quite appropriately organised by Maj. Gen. Toh Choon Siang, who himself is currently on retirement leave. True to the Ranger Regiment cry of "AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN", it was indeed a night of comradeship. Retired and serving members of the Armed Forces, Civilian friends from KL, and also local townsfolk who know the good Colonel were there.
Born in Kuala Kangsar Perak, in 1930 on 7th April, this ex ACS Ipoh pupil was in the pioneer batch of 24 cadets who started in Port Dickson, went to Eaton in the United Kingdom, and later commissioned as a 2nd Lt at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMA) in 1953. He was even interviewed by Tun General Gerard Templer for a military career. In an illustrious career, he served in the Congo, Commanded various Ranger Battalions, and finally retired as a Colonel and Commandant of the Army Combat Training Centre (ARTCONCEN), now known as Pusat Latihan Tentera Darat (PULADA) in Ulu Tiram Johore.
A paratrooper, a flamboyant character and a dedicated leader of men is the best way to describe him. At the height of the Malaysian Emergency (1968 - 89), he was often in active operations hunting down the infamous Chong Chor (leader of an Assault Unit of the Malayan Communist Party in Pahang). Late night, in the deep jungle, in the light of a lowly lit Hurricane Lamp, he was seen pouring over military maps, and plotting the fate of the bandits with uncanny ability to predict their next move, like a Chess Master. That was the Colonel Harchand I knew from the seventies.
Today, frail, but hale and hearty, he repeatedly kept singing Besame Mucho, and You Are My Sunshine again and again, oblivious to the occasion. No, he has not lost his mind, but I believe we succeeded in rekindling some deep, lovely memories of the good old days. My sharpest salute to this Officer and Gentleman, and a Soldier's Soldier. Of course, next year we certainly would meet again to celebrate his Grand Ninetieth!
AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN from a grateful Gunner.
MAJ. A R RAMACHANDRAN (Retd)
107 JALAN BUNGA RAYA 17,
TAMAN TASIK JAYA, SEREMBAN
Mob: 012 2060 160.
P. S. Attached are his career highlights and photos. This write up is done with the intent not to praise an individual but to inspire the younger generation of the trials, tribulations and sacrifices of the older generations. A nation is not simply born, but raised from the blood,sweat and tears of its people.
If one, who does not know the Colonel, his demeanor is that of a calm and a very unassuming person. Don't be deceived, when the call came, he answered. The Colonel was from Intake SSC 11, Royal Military College 1967. He was commissioned into 4th Rangers , served there for 6 years.
After that went on to become an Instructor at the Recruit Training Center in Port Dickson. As for normal Officers from the Infantry have to move on, from RTC to 3rd Rangers at Camp Kukusan in Sabah, then the Unit moved to Camp Terendak, he was then the 2IC of the Battalion, the Battalion received it's Colors in 1980.
Recent photo of the Colonel
Then it was time to move on, he was made an Instructor in the Company Commander's Course of the Army Combat Training Center. He was made the OC of the Company Commander's Wing for his remarkable training skills. After that went on to become an Instructor at Officer Cadet School. Soon he was posted out to 5th Rangers to become the 2IC at Camp Wardieburn. From there he became the Commanding Officer of Seventh Rangers located in Sri Aman, Sarawak in May 1987 until they moved to Mentakab, in Pahang. His favourite sport was Sepak Takraw, without fail he played the game nearly every evening with his boys and officers. He was very adept at that game. From there moved to the 509 Regiment in Penang, before his compulsory retirement in 1995.
He is proficient in many languages, of course he speaks Punjabi as he is a Punjabi, fluent in Tamil, many an Indian soldier or Officer got their shellacking in Tamil. He is very fluent in Hokkien too, sadly, not enough of them to receive his wrath but sufficient and he could tear a hole in any Dayak soldier fluently in Iban.
The Battalion was on Counter Insurgency Operations in 1973, Col Harbhajan's Alpha Company was kept in reserve. Being the reserve Company, a very dangerous mission fell on his head. One of the most outstanding and life threatening mission undertaken by him was in the peace negotiations with NKCP leader Bong Kee Chok to surrender along with 481 of his
supporters.This negoatiation was led by the Head of the Special Branch of the royal Malaysian Police, Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng. In the Book "Nation Before Self" written by him he mentions Lt Col Harbhajan Singh on page 215.
Lt Col Harbhajan Singh served in Sarawak in 1967 with 4th Rangers as a Platoon Commander, in the Serian area for 6 months. After which he returned to Ipoh, his base camp. Served on other operational duties in various parts of Malaysia. In 1972 he returned to Sarawak and served as an Adjutant of 4th Rangers in Camp Wong Padong about 10 kms from Simanggang (now Sri Aman). Camp Pakit was not in existence then. He was involved in various hearts and minds projects in and around the villages and Long Houses in the Engkilili area.
The Military presence there brought about a sense of Security for the people in that area. The duration he operated there was 9 months. At the end of 1972 he returned to the base camp in Ipoh to carry out operational duties at the Malaysia/Thai border against the Communist Party of Malaya Insurgents. In 1974 he was transferred to Sibu, Sarawak for two years, stationed at Camp Oya, under the Rajang Area Security Command (RASCOM). He carried out operations in the Bintangor and surrounding areas during the peak of the Communist Insurgency. An outstanding and suicidal mission was tasked to him. He was to provide security for the Head of the Special Branch RASCOM, Superintendent Yuen Yuet Leng (later promoted to Commissioner and was made a Tan Sri after retirement).
This was a top secret mission to discuss the terms of surrender with the Leader of a group of 100 Communist Terrorists. They wanted to discuss the terms only with Superintendent Yuen Yuet Leng. That started the launch of Operation Sri Aman in 1974. The meeting with 8 secrtion leaders was to be held at a location in the Paradom area, where the Landing Point for the helicopter would be prepared by the Communists themselves. The orders for this operation was given by the RASCOM Commander himself, the mission was termed ‘Suicide Mission’. He had to handpick 15 of his soldiers. They were flown into the area and had to jump off the helicopter whist it hovered, to clear booby traps that might have been palnted by the Communists. They were surrounded by at least 80-100 Communists located on the higher ground, having a good fire location.
The Communists had their machine guns nad weapons trained on them. He told his soldiers to be calm. After a while the Head of Special Branch landed in a separate helicopter, here Lt Col Harbhajan escorted the head of the SB to the meeting place to an old abandoned house in a remote area. If the Communist opened fire the the code word “Gila” was to be issued by him, whereby the Artillery battery would aopen fire on his location and his orders were to bring out the Head of the SB dead or alive. The Artillery barrage would have killed most of the Communist along with Lt Col Habhajan and his men, as it was a registered target.
The plan was pulled off successfully, paving the way for the Communist Terrorists to lay down their arms. The suicide mission was the beginning of meetings, discussions and follow up actions that led to the abandonment of the armed struggle in Sarawak. Before they lefet the area Lt Col Harbhajan and his men blew up 120 weapons belonging to the communists. He served in various assignments in the Army after that. On the 1st May 1987 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel to Command 7th Rangers in Camp Pakit, Bandar Sri Aman.
It was an after thought, when he recollected the role payed by Col Harbhajan, which was indeed an important one. Col Harbhajan at that time was the OC of A Company 4th Rangers, he was based in Camp Oya, Sibu, Sarawak. His operational playground was in the Rajang Area Security Command (RASCOM). he was called up, his orders were given by the GOC himself, General Jamil. He was to select 15 of his best men to provide close protection to Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng the Head of the Special Branch.
The thoughts running through his head was whether he will come back and see his beloved family again......or feel the sweet flow of ice cold beer downs his thirsty throat. This was a do or die mission, he held on to the highest traditions of the Ranger Corps and pushed aside his doubts.
The following day they were deployed by Nuri to an LP. That LP was constructed by the Communist Terrorists, no one was sure if that loaction was booby trapped. The LP was located in a valley. The helicopter hovered over the LP. The downwash from the helicopter's rotors were very strong and the elephant grass and bushes were swaying on that misty morning, the Booby Trap Clearing Team and some members of the protection team jumped down avoiding the stumps on the ground. The BCT cleared the LP giving the 'all clear' that the LP was not booby trapped. The Colonel sent his men into whatever good fire positions there were. He realized that they were outgunned and outnumbered. Then again he would give them a fight that they will remember.
Once the all clear was given an Alouette Helicopter carrying the Head of the Special Branch, Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng landed. In another Alouette was a Major Maniam from the Artillery Regiment, took up his role as the Forward Observation Officer in an Air Observation Post, to rain down fire on that area with an Artillery Barrage, in the event things did not go according to plan. That area was a registered target. During the operation if anything untoward were to happen it was Col Harbhajan's call to bring out the Head of the Special Branch, dead or alive at all costs!! That, the Head of the Special Branch did NOT know!
The operation was nicknamed "Suicide Mission". Col Harbhajan located a GPMG team around the LP, the Commander of the team reported via radio that there were around 80 CT's all around the LP, ready to open up on Col Harbhajan and his merry men if they felt threatened. The Head of Special Branch handed over a list of names of all the CT Leaders named after cigarette brands to Leong Chee Wah, the Depury Head of the Special Branch.
Fortunately nothing happened which resulted in the CT's returning to Society. One of the conditions was that they be termed as "Returned Enemy Personnel" NOT Surrendered Enemy Personnel. Amongst the Head of Special Branch's team was a Sergeant Lim who had the uncanny ability to determine if the CT's were sincere or not, this Sergeant had the ability to recognize the CT's even with old photographs.
No one knew about this mission, Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng added Col Harbhajan as an afterthought on page 215, as he himself had forgotten about that "Suicide Mission".
It was a mission where everything could have gone wrong, resulting in his death and of his men. Yet the Colonel stood up to be counted, the nation and the people owe him, not many can say that they were on a suicide mission. He can and he did!!!
4th Rangers Circa 1969 before May 13 - Notice the number of Non Malay Officers in service - This picture puts and end to the UMNO Malay lie that Non Malays are NOT Patriotic
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Seated left to right : Unit Doctor, Captain James Tomlow (first Iban Officer), Major Hussein (RMR), Lt Col Harchand Singh, Captain Ismail PGB 6 Rgrs seconded from RMR, Lt Ray Mohana Chandran Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa. Second row : Lt Haron Salleh, Lt Syed Othman ex Singapore Infantry Regiment, 2nd Lt Ghani, 2nd Lt Shiob, 2nd Lt Rahim, 2ndLt Thavakumar, 2nd Lt Lee Hon Kuan, 2nd Lt Norman Sta Maria. Back row : 2nd Lt Rajkumar, 2nd Lt Alias Shaik Mohd, 2nd Lt V V Pius, 2nd Lt Syed Mohd 2nd Lt Omar. 2nd Lt Yap, 2nd Lt Ng Keng Wah, 2nd Lt Yap Chok Sang. Location Corps Mess Suvla Lines 1968 or 69. Prior to May 13 and after the departure of British seconded officers.
Well,he offended me greatly for insulting us Non Malays who have served and are serving. So I called him an arsehole a correct term for an Indonesian born. Get it through your thick Javanese skull, that it's racial discrimination that is the cause of the dwindling numbers of Non Malays who want to serve.
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) would like to pay tribute to one of its hero's; Major Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd). In conjunction with the Malaysian Armed Forces Veteran Gathering event on 31 July 2017, RTM interviewed him and Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (Rtd) at Wisma TV, Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur on 28 July 2017. Together with Veterans who have served King and Country, their interviews were broadcast by RTM respectively on 29 July and 30 July 2017.
His expressed statement during the interview: “I hope that Malaysian will not forget Veterans of the Malaysian Armed Forces because the peace that Malaysia has today are due to their past sacrifices; especially during the First and Second Malaysian Emergency; which enable our Country to enjoy our independence until today.”
With MACVs, JHEV and MINDEF Officers at Wisma TV, Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur. 28 July 2017.
Patrick had being involved in a series of Operations that have made contact with the enemies. Among them were Operation Radak in Kulim, Kedah; the Lundu incidents in Sarawak and Operation Tanduk in Gopeng, Perak. Captain Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd) was a Company Commander of 8th Ranger Battalion based at Syed Putra Camp, Ipoh. He was shot in the chest during a firefight with the enemies in Ops Tanduk on December 1977 in Gopeng, Perak. Three other men were also severely injured including one soldier who stepped on an enemy booby trap. Despite being severely injured, Patrick never lost his command and continues to give direction. Request for helicopter evacuation was immediately made and a ‘winching point’ was established. He ordered three of his wounded men be evacuated first, leaving himself last to be airlifted out putting the safety and lives of his men above his. On arrival at Ipoh General Hopsital, X-Ray results showed that he had a lacerated liver, punctured lungs and diaphragm with a bullet lodged in his abdomen. He could not breathe properly as his lung was flooded with his own blood. An operation was immediately performed to save him. He survived the ordeal and recovered a month later.
Visit by Chief of Army Gen Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Ghazali Dato' Mohd Seth at Ipoh General Hospital.
For his bravery and distinguish service in defending the nation against its enemy in the finest traditions of the Ranger Regiment during the incident, he was conferred the “Kepujian Perutusan Keberanian” (KPK) on the 15th of September, 1979.
Kepujian Perutusan Keberanian
Founded by the 2nd Yang DiPertuan Agong, Al-Marhum Tuanku Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj as an award for operational gallantry. The award is given to all ranks for an act or acts of bravery during active operations not amounting to being awarded a medal. It can be awarded more than once and can also be conferred posthumously. The award in the form of a bronze "laurel" can be worn over other ribbon award. The award was created on 29 July 1960 and was formally gazetted by an Act of Parliament on 11 August 1960.
The Perak State Government awarded him the “Perwira Taming Sari” (PTS) which belongs to "The Most Valliant Order of Taming Sari." It was founded by Al-Marhum Sultan Idris Shah II in 1977 for Malaysian Armed Forces and Royal Malaysian Police personnel as an award for act of bravery and valour. The award have been discontinued in 1989 and under the Undang-Undang Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Perak, all previous Honour award holders can still continue to enjoy the privileges that are bestowed together with the individual awards.
Maj Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd)
Joining the Army
Maj Patrick Wong (most right, with sword) leading his detachment in drill practice during his RMC days.
Patrick was born on the 18th of March, 1947 in Sibu, Sarawak. He had early Chinese Primary education and did his Senior Cambridge in 1966. During an interview with Malaysian Digest at Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur on 27 August 2017, he relates that:
“During the early days of Malaysia, when I was a teenager, I saw a lot of Commonwealth forces in my hometown. I was impressed by the foreign soldiers.”
In 1966, a recruiting team from the Ministry of Defence came to his hometown and gave a talk on military service as a career choice. Patrick wasted no time and made an application to join the Army the following year.
He began Cadet Training at Royal Military College, Sungai Besi on 6 May 1967 and joined Regular Intake 11. Upon commissioning on 12 April 1969, Second Lieutenant Patrick Wong was assigned to the 3rd Ranger Battalion and stationed in Taiping.
Patrick recalled, “At the time, Taiping was considered to be the hottest spot for communist threats in Perak and Kedah”.
Serving the Nation
With Lt Col Robert Rizal Abdullah (Rtd) PGB, then a Second Lieutenant. Source: http://pgbwarrior.blogspot.my
From Apr 1969 to May 1977, he conducted and participated in operations against Communist Terrorists both in Sarawak and Semenanjung Malaysia serving with 3th Ranger Battalion. In December 1977, as a Company Commander of 8th Ranger Battalion, he was severely wounded along with 3 soldiers during enemy’s firefight in Ops Tanduk. He was subsequently medically boarded due to serious injury.
He had held various staff appointments including’s Staff Officer (G2) Housing and Staff Officer (G2) Welfare at Ministry of Defence. He also served as Staff Officer (G2) Operations and Staff Officer (G2) Admin & Log at HQ 11 Infantry Brigade. He obtained a Diploma in Management at National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) in 1979 and attended Armed Forces Staff College in 1982. His last appointment prior to retirement was the General Manager of Armed Forces Officer Mess, Ministry of Defence.
Maj Patrick Wong (Rtd), second from right speaking with Chief of Defence Force Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi bin Raja Mohamed Noor, then Chief of Army. The event was the Handing Over of MACVA Certificate of Registration Ceremony held at the Army Officer Mess, Sungai Besi Camp. 19 Sep 16.
With Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (Rtd) at Flamingo Hotel, Kuala Lumpur during MACVA Vision Seminar. 20 Aug 16.
With En Azzam Syafiq. Malaysian Digest interview. 27 Aug 2017.
Maj Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd) SN: 200741 retired from the Malaysian Army on 2nd of February, 1993 after serving for 26 years with pride and dedication. He is blessed with 2 daughters from his marriage and currently resides in Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur.
MACVA is very proud of his achievements and sacrifices for King and Country and wishes him good spirit and health in enjoying his well deserves retirement.
In “Anak Anak Malaysia” Star TV Documentary on MACVA Veterans Sacrifices in conjunction with 2016 Merdeka Celebrations.
Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd)
28 Jan 18
A. 54 Years After The Formation Of M'sia, An Army Veteran Tells Youth To Not Take Peace For Granted http://malaysiandigest.com/features/698026-54-years-after-the-formation-of-m-sia- an-army-veteran-tells-youth-to-not-take-peace-for-granted.html.
B. History of 8th Rangers (Para) in the National Language http://7renjer.blogspot.my/.
C. Kategori:Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Perak http://pingat.perak.gov.my/darjah.php.
D. Susunan Keutamaan DKBP P http://www.istiadat.gov.my/v8/borang_skp2016/ panduan.html.
Malaysian professional arms has its roots in the 1971 death of Capt. V.M. Chandran SP by M.G.G. Pillai - Sunday, June 13, 2004, 08:03 pm
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
THIRTEENTH OF JUNE 1971. What happened 33 years ago on this day is
remembered by a negligible few, in the armed forces, in the 4 Renjer
Bn, even in its C Company.
I asked several retired and serving
officers about it. A few of the former officers remembered. One asked
his colleagues at the time by email and SMS if they could remember
what happened on that. None could. But at least 4 Renjer (or Rangers,
in English) and its C Company should have. On that day the commanding
officer of C Company, Capt. V. 'Ray' Mohanachandran SP, died in an
ambush on a well-fortified and bunkered Communist Party of Malaya base
in Tanjong Rambutan, Perak, on the periphery of a Police Field Force
camp, that earned him the Malaysian equivalent of the Victoria Cross.
That he died gallantly, leading his men from the front into battle, is
now undisputed, although the rush to blame him was relentless at the
time. There was still the fairness and professionalism then that now
seems lacking, and the blame was laid not on him, as his seniors would
have liked, but on the seniors themselves. The Intelligence Officer or
IO of 2 Bde, who ordered Capt. Chandran by radio to attack the camp,
had kept a detailed log book and which contained the operational
blunders at battalion, brigade and division headquarters, was sent
inexplicably on leave.
When he returned, his log book went missing.
Capt. Chandran, his close friend, told him this could well be goodbye
for ever, and in jest to request a "Papa Golf Bravo" for him! Within
two hours, at about 2.50 pm, he was dead. Papa Golf Bravo stood for
the PGB, the second highest Malaysian award for gallantry. When the
dust settled, he was awarded posthumously the Seri Pahlawan Gaga
Perkasa or the SP, an award with a higher protocol ranking than a Tun.
He was, if my memory serves me right, the first army officer to die in
combat with the CPM after hostilities ended in 1960.
Capt. Chandran, 24, passed out of Portsea, the Australian Sandhurst,
and, according to his friends, meticulous and painstaking to a fault.
When he investigated - or, in military slang, recce'd - reports of an
MCP presence, he found a well fortified and bunkered camp and between
40 and 60 well-armed men. The 5th Assault Unit was an advance party of
the CPM to reinstate their lost strongholds, and had established a
beach head at this spot, as they moved south along the Main Range to
Cameron Highlands to Pahang, where the 6th Assault Unit was to
establish a base in the Tras-Raub area, where in the 1950s, the MCP
had a semi-permanent base.
Chin Peng was there for a while.
The Police Special Branch and the 2 Bde, to which 4 Renjer were
attached, had been tracking the CPM's advance party to the south but
missed out the 5 Assault Unit establishing a permanent base in the
Tanjong Rambutan. Two groups from 4 Renjer was sent out to recconoitre
the area. Capt Chandran's C Company's report was disbelieved.
Headquarters insisted there could not be more than half a dozen CPM
men, and that was how he went in to die.
His was not the only death;
there were heavy casualties on both sides. He had led his C Company to
certain death for the ground was as he had radioed brigade
headquarters, and the CPM's 5th Assault Unit made mince meat out of
him and his company.
What was not known at the time was the 5th Assault Unit was led by the
CPM's strategic and tactical genius, Chong Chor. Years later, he
surrendered with his wife, who was then seriously ill, to a senior
Special Branch officer, in Rawang, after weeks of negotiations.
time, the Special Branch intelligence in Tanjong Rambutan was wrong,
and Capt. Chandran was spot on. Chong Chor's wife died since, and he,
now in his 80s, is reported to be living in the area. Until a few
years ago, the officer who took the surrender, then years into
retirement, would visit him. It stopped only when he moved out of
What he told me of how he built a working relationship with Chong Chor
amazes me to this day. But we talk of an epoch that would never come
back. Superious intelligence, attention to painstaking detail, respect
for the enemy, fair play were all in ample supply.
When the ground
dropped from under them, many a CPM man accepted the good faith of the
enemy and happily surrendered to them. That would not be possible now,
for the hostility inherent towards the enemy, whoever he is, is so
total, that none in the government would dare speak well of a gallant
enemy. The hostility towards Chin Peng and his men returning to
Malaysia after the CPM formally surrended and ended the conflict in
the late 1980s is one sign of that.
Now the enemy is different. It is Islamic fundamentalism. But one is
not sure if there is such a pressure or if it is a convenient label to
put on a political rival by linking him to a global enemy.
But we as a
nation have descended into the colonial practice of cruelty and
violence, often for no reason than the whims and fancies of the
officer in charge. As Gillo Pontecorvo's film masterpiece, "The Battle
of Algiers", of the confrontation between the Algerian freedom
fighters and the French colonial power, shows, violence and harshness
would win the battle but not the war. But when a nation is used to
unspeakable violence and brutality, the call for a humane and
intelligent approach to the problem is not only anathema but treachery
I run ahead of the story of Capt. Chandran. The 2nd Div commander,
Maj.-Gen. Osman 'Otto", as he was known, insited he wanted to be
directly involved in the follow up. Two regiments, 12 and 13 Royal
Malay Regiment, were deployed for the counter-attack. The 13 RMR was
led by the very professional Lieut.-Col. 'Robert' Mahmood; the 12 RMR
by Lieut.-Col. Abdul Rahman Abdul Rashid, whose blood pressure shot up
so dangerously that he had to be replaced by a 3 Recce Officer, Maj.
Kenny Siebel, the first time ever that a non-Malay or non-British
officer had commanded an RMR. The present chief of the armed forces
chief, General Tan Sri Zaidi Zainuddin, also commanded this regiment
and when he cowered in fear when it established contact with the CPM.
But this is also the regiment commanded by the legendary Lieut.-Col.
Raja Aman Shah, whose men would march with pride to certain death had
he so desired.
The troops were ready, and in battle formation, in their trucks and in
their planes and helicopters. But Gen. Osman was no where around; he
was playing cards in the 2 Div officers' mess, and none dare interrupt
him. The planes, helicopters and trucks were fuelled with the men on
board, waiting for the orders that came too late. The enemy by then
had blown. If that counter attack had taken place, it could well have
stopped the infilitration much earlier, and billions of ringgit could
have been spared for other major expenditure.
The interference of
commanders who did not know the battle ground made it worse.
It was the beginning of the chain of events that led only last week to
the field marshal's pennant placed upside down on the official vehicle
the Yang Dipertuan Agung took the salute on his birthday on 05 June
2004. In the wake of the 13 May 1969 riots and the ensuing UMNO
political coup and its Malay only policy in all areas of the
administration, the armed forces turned political, lost its
professionalism, and all but gave up the ghost.
The armed forces is
still paying the price for it. Was Capt. Chandran's sacrifice worth
it, with or without the posthumous SP to his name? Yes. It is heroes
like him that enhances the reputation and professionalism of the armed
forces. He led from the front. His men would go any lengths to not let
him down. But does the Malaysian Armed Forces of 2004 know or care for
that sacrifice? Or indeed of any other? I am not sure.
Another forgotten hero, who lost his arm - editor. My name is Beh Huat Soon. Service Number 602060. I underwent basic training of 6 months at the 2nd Battalion Singapore Infantry Regiment, in Singapore.
We did many jungle operations during the Indonesian Confrontation, in the jungles of Kota Tinggi, jungles killing and capturing fifty-seven Indonesian soldiers. Our Battalion lost eight rifle men including the Platoon Sergeant to the Indonesian Enemy action. Later I was discharged from the Singapore Army, opted to serve in the Malaysian Army.
When we were in the railway station in Singapore, some soldiers from the MAF who were at the railway told us we'd be accepted into the MAF without any recruit training because we were already trained soldiers. Those who wanted to join to report to an army camp in Batu Gajah. I was among the first group of about twenty people to reached B.Gajah.We waited for about five days in an empty camp.
I became a soldier in the 4th Malaysian Rangers..
I worked with many officers as their radio operator in many jungle operations in Malaysia. One of the operations turned out to be my last operations in Gubir. We went in by chopper and was in for more than 2 mths. I was in Col. Habarjan's company.. Delta coy and I was his radio operator. We came out of the jungle by chopper, returned to Ipoh was by truck. I used to follow the OC's in their land rover. This time after landining I went straight to OC D Coy, he told me he
was going to a meeting and that I go back first. I don't remember much after the accident.
I lost my arm, my hand in that accident.
I served twenty-two years in the army. I have given the best part of my life, my youth being in the army as members of the security forces sacrificed several Chinese New Years and holidays in the jungles.
There was one time in
Tawau . I was in Sebatik Island , forward location Samping Tiga . One day the mails came, and I received a tin... Jacob's cream crackers filled with Koay Kapits all the way from Penang Island.They were all crushed to peices and in powdered form.
On seeing them , I was overcome with saddness, and I cried and cried .If only I can be with with my parents and sister, I'll tell them how much I miss them and love them. I am sure some of my friends must have seen me sitting on top of my bunker crying my heart out.
A Non Malay Ranger Officer who laid down his life, especially for the ignorant morons
Monday, January 22, 2018
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Captain Hardav Singh the Intelligence Officer who laid down his life for this country. This Officer was shot more than 10 times. This was a Non Malay Officer NOT in a Japanese Army Uniform!
Having clear advantage and with the harassing fire power over the enemy camp still on, I look upon this Ops as to get on level term with the Communist Terrorists. On the 7 of April 1975, during battalion roulement between 13 MTA and the 7th Ranger Regiment, returning back from Mong (or Nong) Gajah towards Gubir, two of the three vehicles in a convoy carrying a Platoon from 7th Ranger with Skot Syed Ikmal Hashim, as the Platoon Commander was ambushed, killing over half a dozen soldiers including one of my drivers, Pemandu Hussain from C Platoon, 20 Transport Coy.
However I am proud to say that this transport unit has been the most combatant during that time where I was the Platoon Commander.
The Ferret scout car escorting from the rear, raced towards the ambushed zone was however disabled with its gun and radio antennae destroyed. Miraculously a bullet from the enemy fires went through the barrel of the armored car Browning machine gun. It was a tense and dramatic moment when the daring enemy, a woman bandit came down from the slope of the road cutting and trying to finish off those soldiers with some already wounded that went for cover under the vehicles and just then when the Ferret arrived. Both trucks stop along side each other, probably in certain sense provided wider shelter for the soldiers.
One of the Rangers died in an assaulting position still clutching on to his weapon which has the empty casing stuck to its chamber. The few seconds needed to do the TSM may have cost his life.
Three days later in pursuit of the above incident, when 6th Brigade was just about to mount a major Ops, the Brigade Intelligence Officer, Capt Hardev Singh, leads an advance party in a Land Rover, followed with convoy of trucks carrying a company from the 17 RMR. Hardly just few miles further up Gubir camp, the advance column was ambushed killing him and several soldiers including the Corporal of the armoured scout car. Two of the 20 Transport Coy drivers were shot and seriously wounded however survived.
Pathetic, and just about everything went wrong for the 17 RAMD Coy including reason for the Brigade IO to be there. Already seriously wounded he can only afford to verbally challenge the bandits before they gained control over him. It was a rampage and among other things the enemy took off with them were some weapons and a radio signal set and as such every set of that model has got to be re-crystallized. So having suffered with all those tragic loses, it was time to retaliate or at least get even.