5 Sep 17
Veterans from the New Zealand Malayan Veterans Association (NZMVA) recently visited Malaysia from 16 Aug to 3 Sep 17. They are Veterans who have served and contributed to the security of Malaysia from 1964 to 1966 during the Confrontation and had stationed in Taiping, Malacca and Sarawak.
The group of 28 men and 9 spouses/friends visited Ipoh, Taiping, Penang, Malacca, Kuching and Kuala Lumpur. They were met by Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans (MACVs) during their visit.
In Ipoh, they were greeted by Maj Wong Kwai Yinn (Rtd) and visited God's Little Acre in Batu Gajah.
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) Northern Chapter headed by AC 1 Kok Chin Huat (Rtd) with spouses hosted a high tea at Penang Safira Country Club. Also present was MACVA RMN VP First Admiral Datuk Kay Hai Thuan RMN (Rtd).
In Malacca, MCPO Chua Boon Heng RMN (Rtd) hosted them to light refreshment at the Portugese Settlement.
In Kuching on 29 Aug 17, NZMVA conducted a commemoration and thanksgiving service at the
Heroes Memorial Park. A commemorative plaque was unveiled to commemorate the
contribution of New Zealand Veterans to Malaysia in particular to Sarawak during the Confrontation. It was the first time that they have placed such a plaque anywhere else.
In Kuala Lumpur on 31 Aug 17, they participated in our country 60th Merdeka Parade.
On 2 Sep 17, MACVA President Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd) hosted them to a lunch at Restaurant Oversea Imbi, Kuala Lumpur. Also present were Committee Members, MACVs and their spouses. The New Zealand Malayan Veterans performed the Haka for their Malaysian counterpart.
In his speech, the MACVA President expressed his heartfelt gratitude to NZMVA for their services and sacrifices to the peace and security of Malaysia and wished NZMVA well in all their future undertakings.
In appreciation, Maj Tan Pau Son (Rtd) presented Bill Russell, NZMVA Senior VP with an Association plaque and subsequently received a traditional Maori Hongi greeting.
The camaraderie and friendship displayed among the Veterans from both nations were very evident throughout the visit.
Kudos to Hon Secretary Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd) for coordinating successfully the activities of MACVs with the NZ veterans