The Passing Of A Templer's Twelve

Maj Gen Dato Lai Chung Wah (Rtd)
(26 Nov 1932 - 17 Apr 2017)
2 May 17

Maj Gen Dato Lai Chung Wah (Rtd) left us on the morning of 17 Apr 17 at Hospital Angkatan Tentera Tengku Mizan, Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur. He hailed from Kampar, Perak and joined the Army on 27 Jul 1952. Among the Templer's 12, the first time ever when non Malay Potential Officers were selected for the Army. Trained in Port Dickson, Eaton Hall and​ Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he graduated in 1955 and joined the 1st Bn Federation Regiment. He also graduated from the Command & Staff College, Quetta, Pakistan in 1963.

Promoted to Colonel in 1971 he was made the 1st Commandant of PULADA, when the British handed over their Jungle Warfare Training Centre in Kota Tinggi, Johore. He was also the 2nd Commandant of the Defence College, Haigate with the rank of Brig Gen. Later whilst still at the College, he was promoted to Maj Gen, personal to holder. He's only the second Chinese officer ever to be granted that rank in his era. His final appointment before retirement, also a first, was Inspector General of the Army Inspectorate Team.

He was awarded three Diplomas, one by the Armed Forces Defence College for Defence Strategy and Joint Operations Studies, The National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia (INTAN) on Defence Resources Management in 1981 and Defence Resources Management Education Centre, Department of Defence, United States of America on Senior Defence Resources Management in 1983.

He was appointed as the 5th Chairman of the Council and Commander-in-Chief of St. John Ambulance of Malaysia from 24 Apr 1991 to 20 Oct 1991 where he introduced the white tucked-in shirt with black pants for male members and officers.

He served the Malaysian Armed Forces in general and the Army in particular for 35 years from 1952 to 1987 and retired with the rank of Maj Gen. MACVA extends its deepest condolence to Datin Lilian Chong and family in their time of grief.

His wake was held in Room 7, Xiao En Centre, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur on the 18 Apr and 19 Apr 17. For the event on 18 Apr 17, the Chairman of the Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps, Maj Gen Datuk Adnan bin Abu Bakar and officers were present to pay their last respect. Veterans who were also present includes:-
Gen Tan Sri (Dr.) Dato' Paduka Mohamed Hashim bin Mohd Ali (Rtd), former Malaysian Chief of Defence Forces,
Gen Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Mohamed Azumi bin Mohamed (Rtd), former Malaysian Chief of Army,
Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (KKD Rtd) and wife,
Brig Gen Dato Hon Mun Loong (RRD Rtd),
Brig Gen Mohamed bin Yusoh (KAV Rtd) and wife,
Brig Gen Toh Choon Siang (RRD) and
Col Tony Joseph (KAD Rtd).

Veterans who attended the event on the 19 Apr 17 and pay their last respect includes former Malaysian Chief of Defence Forces Gen Tan Sri Yaacob bin Mohd Zain (Rtd) and Maj Gen Dato Dr Mohandas Ramachandran (KKD Rtd).

His home going service was held on the morning of 20 Apr 17. Col Tony Joseph (KAD Rtd) delivered the eulogy. He was cremated at the Cheras Crematorium, Kuala Lumpur. Maj Gen Dato Lai Chung Wah (Rtd) was given a military send off by officers and soldiers from the Malaysian Army Royal Armoured Corps. Col (Dr) Kwong Fook Wen representing the Army Amoured Directorate was present to pay his last respect and presented the folded Malaysian flag to Datin Lilian Chong at the end of the ceremony. Veterans who were present to pay their last respect includes:-
Maj Gen Dato Mohd Yunus bin Long (KAD Rtd),
Brig Gen Dato S Mahendran (RRD Rtd),
Brig Gen Dato Goh Ah Bah (RRD Rtd),
Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (KKD Rtd),
Brig Gen Dato Ng Chin Huat (KOD Rtd),
Brig Gen Dato Adenan bin Ali (KPA Rtd),
Brig Gen Dato Soon Lian Cheng RMAF (Rtd),
Laksma Dato Nicholas Eugene Peterson RMN (Rtd),
Laksma Dato Kay Hai Thuan RMN (Rtd),
Col Kamal bin Omar (KAD Rtd),
Maj Ajit Singh (RRD Rtd),
Capt Datuk Liew Siong Sing (RRD Rtd),
Capt Dato Barry Tan (KAD Rtd) and
Officers and soldiers of the Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps.

MACVA President Maj Tan Pau Son (KOD Rtd), MACVA Committee Members, MACVs and fellow Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans were present to pay their last respect to one of Templer's 12 and gave him a send off with dignity and respect that he truly deserve. MACVA would like to express its sincere appreciation and gratitude to all that have attended the wake and service.

三鞠躬,向烈士敬禮! 黎中華少將昨入土為安

陸軍裝甲團年輕軍官為黎中華扶靈,為他獻上最後敬意。
拿督黎中華少將。

大馬陸軍先驅拿督黎中華少將(二星將軍),週一(17日)上午10時30分逝世,享年84歲,其軍事葬禮昨午在蕉賴孝恩館治喪處圓滿舉行。

黎中華靈柩從蕉賴孝恩館治喪處,由裝甲團鄺福榮上校領導的軍方扶靈隊為靈柩蓋上國旗後,移送到蕉賴火葬場舉行基督教葬禮禱告。

大馬華裔退伍陸軍協會在文告中指出,葬禮現場氣氛莊嚴,除了死者至親好友外,大馬華裔退伍陸軍協會會長陳保山少校、眾理事、華裔老兵及裝甲團軍士也到場弔唁,向死者致上最後敬禮。

來自霹靂州金寶鎮的黎中華,是衛理公會牧師的兒子,于1952年7月27日加入軍隊。他也是時任英國駐馬高等專員鄧普勒將軍,特別挑選出的12位非巫裔種子軍官,以組建我國陸軍第一個多種族部隊。

黎中華于1970年被派駐在彭亨關丹,擔任第2偵察團指揮官,而他最大成就是組織大型水災救援行動。

黎中華軍事生涯里程碑是晉陞為準將(一星將軍),並接掌國防學院司令官;在他任職國防學院指揮官期間,再次被晉陞為少將(二星將軍)。

在靈柩送往火葬場火化前,黎中華生前好友將國旗折好後,移交家屬。
鄺福榮(左)到場弔唁黎中華,並慰問強忍喪夫之痛的黎中華遺孀。

Published On 21 Apr 17
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大馬陸軍先驅 黎中華少將逝世

已故黎中華陸軍少將。(圖:光明日報)。
華裔退伍軍人在喪禮上向黎中華少將最後致敬。(圖:光明日報)。

吉隆坡21日訊)我國陸軍先驅拿督黎中華少將經於4月17日上午10時30分逝世,享年84歲。

馬來西亞華裔退伍陸軍協會公關黃裕財今日發文告說,黎中華的軍事葬禮經於昨天圓滿結束,其靈柩於中午從蕉賴孝恩館治喪處,由裝甲團鄺福榮上校領導的軍方扶靈隊為靈柩蓋上國旗後,移送到蕉賴火葬場舉行基督教葬禮禱告。

除了至親好友,馬來西亞華裔退伍陸軍協會會長陳保山少校(退役)和眾理事、華裔老兵和裝甲團軍士也向黎中華少將致上最後的敬禮,現場氣氛莊嚴肅穆。

黎中華是國內少有的華裔陸軍先驅,他的離世也結束了其精彩的戎馬生涯。

黎中華是霹靂金寶衛理公會一名牧師的兒子。他於1952年7月27日加入軍隊,是時任英國駐馬來亞高等專員鄧普勒將軍,特別挑選出來培養的12名非巫裔種子軍官之一,以組建馬來亞陸軍第一個多種族部隊。

他在森美蘭州波德申完成基礎訓練後,在大學軍官訓練學校及皇家軍事學院的學習,隨即被送往英國沙赫斯特深造,於1955年畢業回國後,加入聯邦軍團第一營。

當時正值馬來亞緊急狀態的高峰期,第一營於一年內隨著多個軍事行動,從北海、瓜拉江沙、馬口、東甲等地不停的轉戰,1956年才總算駐紮在馬六甲雙溪烏浪軍營。

黎中華於1970年被派駐在彭亨關丹,擔任第二偵察團的指揮官。當年他最大的成就是組織大型水災救援行動,並於1970年12月至1971年1月期間發生的馬來西亞史上最嚴重的水災時,救出被困在北根的數以千計居民。

1971年,根據協議,英國將其在馬來西亞的所有軍事設施移交給國防部,而國防部在接過柔佛哥打丁宜叢林戰爭訓練中心的設施後,將其轉換為陸軍訓練中心(PULADA),並把當時官拜中校的黎中華晉升為上校,委任為PULADA的第一任指揮官。(光明日報)

Published On 21 Apr 2017
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军人扶灵灵柩盖国旗.黎中华少将火化
我国陆军先驱拿督黎中华少将的军事葬礼昨日中午圆满举行。

陆军同僚为黎中华献上最后的敬礼,纪念他生前为国家付出的贡献。

(吉隆坡21日讯)我国陆军先驱拿督黎中华少将的军事葬礼昨日中午圆满举行。

灵柩从蕉赖孝恩馆治丧处,由装甲团邝福荣上校领导的军方扶灵队为灵柩盖上国旗后,移送到蕉赖火葬场举行基督教葬礼。

除了至亲好友外,马来西亚华裔退伍陆军协会会长陈保山少校(退役)及众理事、华裔老兵及装甲团军士也向少将致最后的敬礼,现场气氛庄严肃穆。

黎中华于本月17日上午10时30分逝世,享年84岁。

黎中华来自霹雳州金宝,是当地卫理公会牧师的儿子,于1952年7月27日加入军队。

他也是时任英国驻马最高专员邓普勒将军,特别挑选培训的12名非巫裔的种子军官,以组建马来亚陆军首支多种族部队。

陆军先驱黎中华少将本月17日逝世,享年84岁。

Published On 21 Apr 17
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