Alan Soh Yean Heng with daughter Mona Soh Poh Choo

Ms Mona Soh Poh Choo - Winner Of The Prestigeous
President Halimah Yacob Nursing Award 2018

16 Aug 18
President and members of MACVA extend our congratulations to Ms Mona Soh Poh Choo, daughter of our brother member WO1 Alan Soh Yean Heng RMN (Rtd) for her outstanding achievements in the nursing profession which earned her the coveted Singapore’s President Halimah Yacob Nursing Award 2018.

The Passing of the First King
1 Apr 17
I feel proud and honoured to have participated in that historic event at such an early stage of my military service to King and Country.

The first Yang Di Pertuan Agong, Al-Marhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Muhammad died in his sleep on 1 April 1960. The lying in state was held at the Banguet Hall of Istana Negara. Here officers of the 2nd Reconnaissance Regiment (me included) together with other officers including those from the RMN were involved taking turns in keeping vigil rotating every two hours throughout the period.

On 2 April 1960, a State Funeral procession full of pomp and pageantry was accorded to the late King. The royal coffin placed on a Gun Carriage was towed by personnel of the RMN in the British tradition. Right in front, ahead of the Navy leading the procession was the dismounted Sovereign Escort (sometimes called the King Escort) of 2nd Reconnaissance Regiment. This small party consisted of twenty four personnel was led by Major Zain Hashim with 2/Lt Tan Siew Soo bringing up the rear (in the photograph you can see him ahead of the Navy personnel).

We led the procession with reversed arms/swords on slow march all the way from Istana Negara, Bellamy Road to the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station where the royal coffin boarded a special train to Seremban and then by road to Sri Menanti.

The No 1 Dress of the Reconnaissance Regiment then, was the envy of the other arms and services. The officers wore scarlet caps, chain mails, cross belts, tight fitting slacks and Wellington boots with Spurs.

The Other Ranks uniform were only slightly less impressive, also wore peak caps, chain mails, simple cross belts and not so tight fitting slacks without spurs. As we slow marched on that bright, hot sunny day beads of sweats were streaming down our foreheads. Overheard some comments from the roadside crowds: see they are crying. Indeed, if we were crying it must surely be for King and Country!

Lt Col Tan Siew Soo (Rtd)

WO II Hong Swee Chui (Rtd)
26 Dec 16
Congratulations to WO II Hong Swee Chui (Rtd) for being the Top MACVA Member Recruiter for 2016. WO II Hong successfully brought in 60 new members. For his sheer dedication and tireless efforts; WO II Hong was jointly presented with a hamper by MACVA President Brig Leong Weng Foon (Rtd) and a bottle of Old Parr by MACVA Deputy President Lt Col Fabian Wong Boon Soon (Rtd) during the closing Committee Meeting of the year on 23 Dec 16.

Maj Lee Yat Thong (Rtd)
17 Dec 16
MACV Maj Lee Yat Thong (Rtd), is the international trainer for Siemens Project Management training at Siemens University China. The targeted audience for the PM course are Siemens active project managers, project engineers due for job upgrade, commercial project managers and project controllers.

Siemens emphasized on systematic Global standard project management practices, processes and methodologies for its project managers as Siemens derived 50% of its revenue worldwide from project business. This course give the participants the grounding on Siemens project management DNA. The course is not run as a technical project management course but heavily tied to Siemens project business philosophy.

The three modules course cover wide variety and diverse topics related to project life cycle including systematic project planning, project opportunities and risks management, project contracting, project negotiation, project leadership, team dynamics, systematic project solving, project controlling and financial controlling.

The course is designed as adult experiential learning working on real life Siemens project management issues and challenges. This course is part of the Siemens project managers' career path in the project management job family.

Maj Lee Yat Thong (Rtd) comes from extensive project management business background having ran a construction company and being head of project cum operations management of one of the business Divisions of Siemens before embarking onto his current portfolio as Siemens international trainer.

We are proud of our Maj Lee's high achievements.

 Module 1 Session
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Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd)
2 Nov 16
Congratulations to our MACV, Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd), who is the manager of the Petaling Badminton Club that won the Junior Purple League for 2015 and 2016. Lt Col Wong has been in the forefront of national sports administration and management the last 15 years. We are proud of his achievements.