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Valour and Courage: The first Malaysian PGB award receipient in the history of the Malaysian Armed Forces - Sergeant Chong Yong Chin
Death or Glory
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The Courageous
Who Have Looked At
Death In The Eye
Stories Of Valour
No Atheists
In A Foxhole
“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

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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The first Malaysian PGB award receipient in the history of the Malaysian Armed Forces - Sergeant Chong Yong Chin
Friday, March 31, 2006
Sergeant Chong Yong Chin PGB of the First Federation Regiment

In the operations conducted in 1954/55 the 1st Federation Regiment (1st. Bn. Fed. Regt.) under the command of Lt Col Trevor OBE, the Battalion managed to kill one woman Communist Terrorist. The Enemy was killed at Sungei Bong, Butterworth by a member of No. 8 Platoon, C Company, 1st. Bn. Fed. Regt. The Enemy killed was named Khor Khar Hong, who was 19 years old. In the years 1955/56, the unit was deployed on the borders of Malacca and Muar. Within 24 hours of the operations, 2 Enemy were killed, two were wounded, one later died due to the severity of the wounds, 7 of the Enemy were captured too. On the 26th August 1956, Lau Leo, who was the personal senior assistant to the then the Secretary General of the Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng and Yeung Kuo was killed by the 1st. Bn. Fed. Regt which at that time was under the command of Lt Col J.H. Law OBE.

In 1956, another Enemy was killed by the members of the 1st. Bn. Fed. Regt. In Operation Latima in the District of Jasin, Malacca. The name of the Enemy was Pang Kong Yee. He was actually wounded by the Police Field Force before being finally killed by the 1st. Bn. Fed. Regt. In that same year another Enemy bearing the name Ah Lau was killed again by the same Regiment. On the 17th July 1957, two Enemy were killed again by the same Regiment in the District of Bahau. The Officers involved in this operation were Lt Low Lai Fook, Lt. Baljit Sing and Lt. Abu Bakar bin Narat. In 1960 1st. Bn. Fed Regt, merged with the 1st Armored Car Regiment to become the 1st Federation Reconnaissance Regiment.

201161 Sergeant Cheng Eng Chin @ Chong Yong Chin was a member of the 1st Battalion Federation Regiment, who participated in all the above mentioned firefights. He displayed extraordinary courage in the face of the Enemy during all these contacts with the Enemy. He was form Gelang Patah in Johor Bahru, Johor. He was born on the 1st December 1930. Sergeant Chong Yong Chin started his Military career on the 17th February 1953. In December of that year he was promoted to a Lance Corporal. In January of 1955 he was promoted to a full Corporal and in November of that same year was promoted to a Sergeant. His fighting skills were legendary.

Throughout his service with the Federation Regiment he participated in numerous battles against the Enemy always displaying his cool leadership and his resolute determination in eliminating the Enemy, he was an exemplary soldier which many found difficult to emulate. His exploits were the talk of his peers, men and Officers of the Regiment. Sergeant Chong Yong Chin was cited for valour by his Officers. He was the first recipient of the Pingat Gagah Berani. The valour award was approved by the first King of Malaya. He received the award on the 5th August 1965, a Thursday at the Dewan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur from the 3rd King of Malaya, His Royal Highness Al-Sultan Syed Putra ibni Al-Marhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail.

He left the service on the 14th September 1958. He served for only 5 years; his rise in ranks was meteoric. He created history by being the first, in receiving a “Pingat Gagah Berani”. He left the service for personal reasons.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 5:30 AM  
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