Valour and Courage: Sergeant Micheal Riman
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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Sergeant Micheal Riman
Saturday, March 04, 2006
As a Section Commander in the UCIS Platoon of 8th Rangers, Sgt Micheal Riman displayed outstanding professionalism and valor in the face of the Enemy when in a contact at the Korbu Forest reserve on the 1st June 1979, where he nearly lost his life. 931729 Sgt Micheal Riman anak Bugat was recommended by his superiors to be commended the “Pingat Gagah Berani”. He was conferred this award on the 6th June 1984 from the King.

Sgt Micheal was born in Rumah Ayah Putus Paku, Sebaoh, Sarbas, 2nd Division, Sarawak. He was born on the 8th March 1954. He was the sixth child in a family of 8 siblings. His parents were Bugat anak Salang and his mum was Sura anak Salat. He received his formal education at the Paku Central School in Tanjung Labang, continued his lower secondary education at the St. Luke’s secondary School in Simanggang, until Form 3, where he go the Lower Certificate of education. After which he continued schooling at the Government Secondary School in Simanggang until From 5. Seeing the British soldiers and the Gurkhas during the war against Indonesia (Confrontation) played an influencing role on him joining the profession of arms, plus the fact that the Warrior blood of the Ibans flowed in his veins.

He failed in his initial entrance test to join the Royal Malaysian Air Force, after which he joined as an Army recruit. He started his training on the 22nd January 1973 at Camp Terendak in Malacca. After the completion of his recruit training which lasted for 6 months he and all his mates who were 520, all of them from Sarawak, were absorbed into 8th Rangers which had just been created.

They did 3 months of advanced training, Sgt Micheal was then absorbed into the “Lightning Platoon” which later evolved to Platoon “Ngelaban” until it became the famous UCIS Platoon. A sub-unit when it was still Platoon “Ngelaban” commanded by 929390 Sgt Gandat anak Merdan on the evening of 9th October 1976 had killed an Enemy at Bukit Batu, in the Kampung Serayan Area of Lundu, in Sarawak. That was a first kill in which young Ranger Micheal Riman participated in. It was the start of further combat for him.

On the 26th December 1977 he was involved in a firefight at Gopeng in Perak . His Commander was Major Wong Sing Nang (200471). That was an experience where he saw his mates and his Commander and leader Major Wong himself wounded by the enemy fire. In that encounter they successfully killed one of the Enemy.

He was involved in cross border operations into South Thailand which were known as “Operation Cahaya Bina” and “Operation Selamat Sawadee”. He was lucky in those operations as he was not hit by Enemy fire as he and his group had numerous encounters wit the Enemy.

He was wounded in “Operation Gagah Setia 8/79” in the Korbu Forest Reserve. He was classified as “Base Everywhere”, which meant his physical faculties were limited. As he had sacrificed for the service and nation selflessly he was given opportunities in pursuing his career. He was a first in Military Service with the BE category to be promoted to a Commissioned Officer as a Quartermaster, with the starting rank of a Lieutenant, after serving for 18 years. He left the service with the rank of a Major.
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