MACVA 2018 Chinese New Year Dinner
14 Mar 18
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) recently held its association Chinese New Year Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of Sin Choi Wah Restaurant, Bandar Sri Menjalara, Kuala Lumpur on 24 Feb 18. A total of 455 MACVs, spouses, colleagues, friends and honour guests from Malaysian Armed Forces Indian Veterans Association (PERIM), Malaysia Armed Forces Sikh Veterans Association (MAFSVA) and Malaysia Armed Forces attended the event.
MACVs and guests began arriving at 6.00 pm to register for the event. MACVA Honorary Member Rear Adm Tan Sri Dato' Seri K. Thanabalasingam RMN (Rtd) was present to celebrate the festive occasion with MACVs.
The event commenced at 7.00 pm with a lion dance performance to usher in the New Year followed by a Welcoming Speech by the Organising Chairman and Emcee for the night VP Army Maj Godfrey Chang (Rtd). MACVA President Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd) was invited on stage where he first wished everyone present a Happy Chinese New Year, Good Health, Wealth, Peace and Prosperity; and delivered his New Year Speech.
A sumptuous 8 courses dinner was then served and the choruses of Yam Seng were heard throughout the 46 dinner tables in unison. The camaraderie and comradeship of all present were fantastic as old friends and colleagues met for fellowship.
The presentation of Service Medals and Dedication Awards begans at 9.00 pm with MACVA President Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd) presenting the following:-
10 PPA (Pingat Perkhidmatan Am) to 10 RMN Veterans and Lt Ng Thian Yew (Rtd) was also presented with PPS (Pingat PerKhidmatan Setia).
Dedication awards to Two Protem Presidents.
Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon (Rtd)
Lt Col Ir Raymond Goh (Rtd)
Dedication awards for contributions.
Lt Col Carol Loo Lee Fum (Rtd)
Maj Andrew Teoh (Rtd)
Maj Ong Yun Chai (Rtd)
Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd)
WO2 Hong Swee Chui (Rtd)
Dedication awards and Ang Pows to Gallantry Medal holders.
Lt Col Frank Chong Keng Kay RMAF (Rtd) – PTU (Pingat Tentera Udara)
Lt Col Leong Pook Seong RMAF (Rtd) – PTU
Capt Tien Sen An RMAF (Rtd) – PTU
Maj Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd) – PTS (Pingat Taming Sari) and KPK (Kepujian Perutusan Keberanian)
The event continued with music from the live band where MACVs with spouses/friends were invited to the dance floor. The atmosphere was lively where some senior couples still dazzled in dancing the Cha-Cha. It was great to see so many MACVs enjoying themselves with their love ones in a very joyful and happy CNY mood.
MACVA would like to thank the Organising Chairman VP Army Maj Godfrey Chang and his hardworking committees for their effort and sacrifice in ensuring the success of the event. We also like to express our sincere gratitude’s to CPO Sky Chen Ka Kim for sponsoring the lion dance, CPO Michael Lee for sponsoring the band and the President for sponsoring the Ang Pows to the 4 Gallantry Medal holders, 35 serving senior officers and their spouses and 36 bottles of wine.
MACVA would like to thank all MACVs, spouses, colleagues, friends and honour guests for gracing the occasion and helped made it a successful event. Kudos and BZs to all involved for a splendid job.
More event photos at Picture Gallery