Valour and Courage: Lietenant Colonel Harbhajan Singh a/l Jagat Singh (200684) an unsung hero on a suicide mission
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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.”

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“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


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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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Lietenant Colonel Harbhajan Singh a/l Jagat Singh (200684) an unsung hero on a suicide mission
Monday, April 08, 2019
The Colonel in Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng's Book Nation Before Self and Values that do not die, Page 215
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!!!
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 6:32 AM  
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