Aspiring TAR UC Reservists Meet Up With MACVS
22 May 18
5 students from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College(TARUC) who aspires to be Reservists meet up with MACVS recently at a Monthly Birthday event held at Heong San Cafe, Kuala Lumpur. Coordinating the TAR UC students was Ng Joo Chay and they are Jason Chia Seng Ooi, Perveshpal Singh, Ore Wen Jie, Teo Fu Yin and Tan Yen Lyn.
They were given accounts of encounters during operations which were good pointers in encouraging the interest of these young Malaysian. Kudos to VP Army Godfrey Chang, Lim Wai Fah, Patrick Lee, Steven Lam, KC Yap, Eric Ng, Pui ST, Khoo GK and Yoon KC for sharing their service experiences with the aspiring Reservists from TAR UC. We would also like to thanks VP RMAF Joe Pie Chong Seng for organising the event.
10 Jun 18
Reply from Jason Chia Seng Ooi
"I must say that I am humbled and honoured to get the chance to meet the Chinese veterans of our armed forces, as well as those who fought during the Communist era. Never have I ever had the chance to speak with those who sacrificed their life. We never hear of you from the textbooks. It is so saddening to know that your contributions are just swept under the carpet. Nevertheless, you serve without asking for anything in return.
I am amazed at the resillience I see, on the faces of each and every one of the members of MACVA. A great and strong generation, a pioneer generation indeed. The toughest of the toughest. I have nothing but admiration. Through the short interaction I had with members of MACVA, I had but a glimpse of the frame of mind that military men have. The discipline and courage and will to move forward. I have observed this attitude in most of the veterans and I intend to apply in my own life.
I cannot say for sure if my generation onwards will ever increase in interest in the military, but I know that I have always felt an affinity towards the military, particularly the Air Force from as young as 9. I am determined to give it my best shot at becoming a fighter pilot and I am very fortunate to have the love and support of the veterans to push me on. I salute each and every one of you."
Reply from Perveshpal Singh
"What I learnt from the dinner with the men of MACVA is of their selfless sacrifice to the country during our times of turmoil and uncertainty, braving danger and flying into enemy fire to save their men on the ground. Unfortunately however, many of their stories are not shared with the wider public and this presents a risk of the younger generations forgetting the valour of the generations before us. We, the youth of Malaysia should learn from the past so as to not let similar mistakes happen again in the future as well as to know the benchmark set for us that we must aspire to maintain or even surpass.
We should be inspired by the selfless actions of the soldiers to safeguard the security of our country and to maintain the peace and take on the mantle that they leave us and continue to look after our national sovereignty in the times to come. Personally I have gained a lot of insight as to the inner workings of the military that would normally be hidden from civilians as well as first hand accounts of historical events of my nation's past.
The youth of the country are the next generation in line to receive this beautiful country handed down to us by the blood, sweat, and tears of our parents and grandparents. Their pain and toil built the country to its current state of prosperity which allows us to live in such comfort and luxury, we should not forget their sacrifice as it is a key component of our current way of life."