MACVA Activities
Group Photo at Cafe Kim Hock Lim.

Sarawak Chapter MACVs Fellowship
18 Sep 18
Sarawak Chapter MACVs had a fellowship get together on 17 Sep 18 at Cafe Kim Hock Lim, Kuching where 22 Veterans took time off and caught up with each other. Many are into their late seventies and have signed up to serve in the late 1950's and early 1960's. The comradeship shown and camaraderie demonstrated were fantastic as they met up with old buddies and share stories of their younger days serving the King and Country with the Malaysian Armed Forces. Also present was VP Army Godfrey Chang and kudos to Foo Ah Cheng for organising the event.

Those present at the fellowship includes:-
Godfrey Chang, Beh HC, Chew TA,
Goh JT, Chan HB, Johar Yusof,
Yee FS, Austin Wee, Chuah CH,
Tan MS, Peter Ting, David Fu,
Robert Guan, Yong SN, Rocky Chan,
Teoh YS, Chong Kok Hing, Lee SW,
John Lai, Low ET,
Liew Yoon Kim and Foo Ah Cheng.

L to R:Foo Ah Cheng, Peter Ting, Robert Guan, Austin Wee and Godfrey Chang. Lunch at Cafe Kim Hock Lim.
National Day celebration at Dataran Putrajaya. Source:Bernama

61st National Day Celebration
2 Sep 18
The 61st National Day Celebration was held at Dataran Putrajaya on 31 Aug 18. The historical event was significance in celebrating a new Pakatan Harapan-led Federal Government and a return to Putrajaya after last hosting the event 13 years ago. The ceremony began upon the arrival of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V. A 14-gun royal salute, symbolic of the 14 states in Malaysia, was executed by the 41st Ceremonial Battery of the Royal Artillery Regiment accompanied by the hoisting of the Jalur Gemilang and the singing of the Negaraku.

Also present were Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Cabinet ministers, foreign representatives and 300,000 Malaysians. The 3 branches of the Malaysian Armed Forces took part along with the Police and the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency where a total of 12,295 personnel and 475 assets were involved in the parade and procession.

MACVs present at the celebrations were:-
Honsec Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd),
Lt Col Liew Swee Meng (Rtd),
Lt Col Ir Raymond Goh Boon Pah (Rtd),
WO 2 Baktha Vachalu (Rtd),
SSgt Lim Chang Sun (Rtd),
Lt David Fu Chee Seng (Rtd) PGB and wife Brenda Pui

Wong Ah Jit and Liew Swee Meng. Raymond Goh, Baktha Vachalu and Jimmy Lim. David Fu with wife Brenda Pui Su Ping.
Standing L to R: Chua Eng Lye, Chong Mun Kwei, Leong Swee Thin, Beh Huat Soon, Chow Kong Nam, Yip Chew Cheng, Cheng Tak Wee, Choo Woh Soon, Lim Chee Lan, Wong Kwai Yinn. Sitting L to R: Chan Yu Kuan, Tan Tong Hooi, Sam Woo Chew, Siew Ah Kiaw, Khong Sun, Lee Ah Like, Chay Lee Soong, Tan Choo Hoo.

Ipoh MACVs Fellowship
10 Aug 18
Ipoh Chapter MACVs had a fellowship get together on 3 Aug 18 at Canning Garden, Ipoh. 20 Veterans from around Ipoh area caught up with each other and share fond memories of their time serving the King and Country with the Malaysian Armed Forces. Most are into their late seventies and have signed up to serve in the late 1950's and early 1960's. A few of them have serve under United Nations in Congo and 3 OKU's were also present which speak tremendously of their comradeship and camaraderie. Also present was Lt Col Chua Eng Lye (Rtd) who presented the MACVs with their MACVA membership certificate and membership card.

L to R:Lt Col Chong Kok Hing (Rtd), Lt Col John Lai Kim Chee (Rtd), Brig Gen Shamsirudin Mohd Shariff, Maj Gen Dato' Toh Choon Siang, Maj Foo Ah Cheng (Rtd), 2nd Lt Fu Chee Ming (Rtd) PGB, WO 1 Bong Fan Chang (Rtd).

1st Infantry Division 52nd Anniversary Parade
20 Jul 18
MACVA Sarawak Chapter attended the 1st Infantry Division 52nd Anniversary Parade at Kem Muara Tuang, Kota Samarahan on 19 Jul 18. GOC 1st Infantry Division Maj Gen Dato' Toh Choon Siang reviewed the parade and delivered his Anniversary Address. Also present were 9th Infantry Brigade Commander Brig Gen Shamsirudin Mohd Shariff, Div officers, personnel and members of Veterans association. Kudos to Lt Col Chong Kok Hing (Rtd), Lt Col John Lai Kim Chee (Rtd), Maj Foo Ah Cheng (Rtd) and 2nd Lt Fu Chee Ming (Rtd) PGB who were at the parade representing MACVA.

Maj Gen Dato' Toh Choon Siang had kindly consented to present MACVA Appreciation Momento for PGB Gallantry Award to 2nd Lt Fu Chee Ming (Rtd) PGB at the event. MACVA would like to extend its gratitude to Maj Gen Dato' Toh Choon Siang for his kind gesture in presenting the memento and to Lt Col Dunging Serit, Pengarah JHEV ATM Sarawak for inviting MACVs to the event.

Maj Gen Dato' Toh Choon Siang presenting momento to 2nd Lt Fu Chee Ming (Rtd) PGB. Sarawak Chapter MACVs at the Anniversary Parade.
L ro R:Loh HC, Lim PC, Vincent Lo, Joe Pie, Wang JH, Lim WF, Pook CH, Alister Ho, Jacob Liew, Jeremiah Ng, Mike Teoh, Wilson Wong.

60th RMAF Anniversary Activities
9 Jul 18
MACVs attended the 60th RMAF Anniversary Parade at RMAF Subang Base on 5 Jul 18 recently. 27 officers, 609 airmen and airwomen were involved in the parade which was led by Col Wan Azwari bin Wan Ali TUDM. Also involved were 2 Nuri's and 1 EC725 aircrafts which carried the Malaysian, Armed Forces and RMAF Flags during the fly pass. Accompanying the parade were the combined RMAF Central Band and RMAF College Band of 80 personnel led by Maj Mohd Salleh bin Wahab TUDM. Chief of Airforce Gen Tan Sri Dato' Sri Hj Affendi bin Buang TUDM was present to receive the Parade Salute and delivered the Anniversary Address. Also present was Asst Chief of Airforce Lt Gen Dato’ Sri Ackbal bin Hj Abdul Samad TUDM.

MACVs with RMAF colleagues at Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple

On 10 Jun 18, a total of 20 MACVs, 15 Serving RMAF personnels and spouses visited Maha Vihara Buddhist Temple in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with RMAF 60th Anniversary. The group were led by Col Tan Chee Seng TUDM from RMAF Headquarters Kuala Lumpur. The event and tour of the Vihara was hosted and conducted by temple volunteer Mr Wong Mun Yee. A prayers session were held for the auspicious occasion and the Chief Priest was represented by Venerable Nyanabhasa. Also present with their RMAF colleagues at the event were VP RMAF LAC Joe Pie Chong Seng RMAF (Rtd) and CM Maj Lim Wai Fah RMAF (Rtd).

Joe Pie Chong Seng with Venerable Nyanabhasa. MACVs making donation to the Vihara.

On 31 May 18, Chief of Airforce Gen Tan Sri Dato' Sri Hj Affendi bin Buang TUDM invited RMAF MACVs to a 'Majlis Berbuka Puasa' held at the RMAF Subang Base Mosque in Kuala Lumpur in conjuction with the 60th RMAF Anniversary. VP RMAF LAC Joe Pie and RMAF MACVs attending the event showing great comradeship among Veterans and Serving RMAF Personels. MACVA would like to extend its gratitudes to the Chief of Airforce for his cordial invitation to engage Veterans in RMAF activities. We would also like to wish our Muslim Veterans and Serving Comrades "Selamat Berbuka Puasa".

L to R:WO1 Patrick Lee, Cpl Ooi CT, WO1 Thinatayallam, WO Hamdan, VP RMAF LAC Joe Pie, Sgt Hj Arbe, WO2 Stanley Teoh, WO1 Mike Teoh and Cpl Vincent Lo. RMAF Subang Base Mosque
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