Penang Veterans Remembrance Day
(L to R) Maj Leong Swee Teng (Rtd), Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd), WO 1 Ang Kee Lam RMAF (Rtd), Lt Col Chua Eng Lye (Rtd), Maj David Chow (Rtd) and SAC Kok Ching Huat RMAF (Rtd).

16th Annual Penang Remembrance Day
21 Nov 2017

The 16th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on the Sunday morning of 19 November 2017 at the Cenotaph, Esplanade, Penang. MACVA were invited by the President of Penang Veterans’ Association to attend the ceremony. The High Commissions and Embassies who also attended the Ceremony includes UK and Ireland, Australia, Fiji, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Canada, and Malaysia.

The Guest of Honour was YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang and representing Her Excellency The British High Commissioner was Col Stephen Hall, British Defence Advisor to Malaysia. Other parties that attended the ceremony includes local veterans groups, corporate companies and interested families.

The Ceremony begin with the arrival of the Chief Minister at 7.30 am followed by the mounting of the Catafalque Party, National anthem and State anthem. This was followed by the Penang Veterans President, Maj Sivarajan (Rtd) welcoming speech and addresses by Col Stephen Hall and Chief Minister of Penang.

The Wreath Laying Ceremony begins after the Reading of the ODE, Song Dedication for the Fallen Heroes, the Last post, observing 2 minutes silence and the Rouse. The Ceremony was elegant, full of meaning and military tradition. The function ended at 10.00 am with light refreshment. Kudos to the Penang Veterans Association for a well organised and successful function.

MACVs at the event includes:-
Lt Col Chua Eng Lye (Rtd),
Maj David Chow (Rtd),
Maj Leong Swee Teng (Rtd),
Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd),
Maj Lee Hock Sun (Rtd),
WO 1 Ang Kee Lam RMAF (Rtd) and
SAC Kok Ching Huat RMAF (Rtd).


(L to R) Lt Col EL Chua (Rtd), Lt Col Raymond Goh (Rtd), Lt Col Fabian Wong (Rtd), Maj HS Lee (Rtd) and Capt Norman Chong (Rtd)

The Cenotaph, Esplanade, Penang
27 Nov 2016

1. The Penang Veterans’ Annual Remembrance Day for year 2016 falls on 27 November, and MACVA were invited by the President of Penang Veterans’ Association to attend the ceremony in Penang. This will be the 15th Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony. The High Commissions and Embassies who also attended the Ceremony are; UK and Ireland, Australia, Fiji, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Canada, Rhodesia and Malaysia.

Other parties that attended the ceremony are, PERKIM, MACVA, Gurkhas Association, local veterans groups, some corporate companies and interested families. Our Navy provided the Master of Ceremony and the flag raiser, whilst our local Army unit provided the buglers. The Catafalque party was provided by the 19 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force.

2. Lt Col Fabian Wong (Rtd) from Kuching, Lt Col Raymond Goh (Rtd) from Kuala Lumpur, Lt Col EL Chua (Rtd) from Ipoh, Maj HS Lee (Rtd) and Capt Norman Chong (Rtd) from Penang represented MACVA for the Penang Veterans’ Remembrance Day Ceremony. MACVA members not from Penang arrived at Penang on the 26 November 2016. Maj Lee HS (Rtd) and Capt Norman Chong (Rtd) played excellent host.

On completion of the ceremony, the Deputy President, Lt Col EL Chua (Rtd) and Capt Norman Chong (Rtd) drove to Sungei Petani to visit Maj ST Leong (Rtd), who hosted a great lunch. Kudos to all MACVA members of the Northern Chapters. We all could feel the spirit of MACVA.

3. The Penang Veterans Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony started right on the dot at 0730 am with the arrival of Penang Chief Minister. This is followed by the mounting of the Catafalque, National anthem and State anthem. The Penang Veterans President, Maj Sivarajan (Rtd) gave the welcoming address. The Defence Advisor of the British High Commissioner, Col Stephen Hall was next to address the crowd and followed by the Chief Minister’s Address. The reading of the ODE was done by Group Captain Wendy Horder of Australian High Commission.

Following a dedicated song for the Fallen Heroes, the last post was played. After 2 minutes silence, the rouse was played. Wreath Laying Ceremony was then conducted by the High Commisions and Embassies, Veterans Associations, Corporate bodies, and interested families. MACVA was the 19th group to lay the Wreath. The function ended at 1000 am with tea.

4. Overall the Ceremony can be described as simple, elegant and full of military tradition. The occasion is well organize and kudos to the Penang Veterans Association for a successful function. We should continue to subscribe yearly to this ceremony. We should also subscribe to other Remembrance Day Ceremony such as the Little Acre in Batu Gajah, and others if and when invited.

Lt Col Chua Eng Lye (Rtd)

30 Nov 16