MACVA Press Conference On Speech By Ismail Mina Ahmad
15 Jan 18
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) has today call a Press Conference in reponse to the speech made by Ismail Mina Ahmad, the chairman of Ummah on 13 January 2018 as reported by Malay Mail Online. The event took place at MACVA office at the Boulevard, Mid Valley City.
The full text of the press statement released during the event are as below:
15 January 2018
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) salutes our veterans who were awarded the Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB) medal for acts of extreme bravery and valor!
1. Colonel Maurice Lam Shye Choon PGB (deceased)
2. Major Lee Ah Pow (Rtd) PGB
3. Second Lieutenant David Fu Chee Ming (Rtd) PGB
4. Sargeant Choo Woh Soon (Rtd) PGB
5. Sargeant Cheng Eng Chin PGB (deceased)
6. Ranger Mat Isa Bin Hassan PGB (A Chinese from East Malaysia)
MACVA views with grave concern and disappointment the speech made by Ismail Mina Ahmad, the chairman of the Ummah umbrella group for Muslim organisations during the "Konvensyen Kebangkitan Ummah 2018" held at the Malaysia Islamic Centre in Kuala Lumpur on January 13, 2018.
In his speech, as reported by Malay Mail Online, he asserted that ONLY the Malays had resisted the British colonists, Japanese occupiers and battled against Communist insurgents. His reference of the "3 stars" Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) failed to mention that the 10th Regiment Malayan Communist Party (MCP) was predominantly a Malay regiment unit operating in the jungles of Northern Malaysia and Southern Thailand, whose leader was Abdullah CD with followers - his wife Suriani Abdullah, Shamsiah Fakeh, Abu Samah Mohamad Kassim, Rashid Maidin.
Ismail's assertions were factually and historically inaccurate and had belittled the contributions of the Non Malay veterans, specifically the Chinese, Ibans, Indians, Sikhs and many others.
MACVA, with a membership close to a 1000 veterans since its inception on 31 August 2016, and the thousands before us who have passed on, is a true testimony of a large group of Chinese veterans who had serve loyally in military campaigns in the defence of our beloved Malaysia. Needless to say, there were also Chinese veterans who sadly lost their lives and limbs in the defence of the nation; and with pride a number of them had been bestowed bravery awards by the nation.
MACVA calls upon all Malaysians to rebutt these inaccurate and irresponsible assertions made by Ismail Mina Ahmad.
Major Tan Pau Son (Retired)
梁丹袖 最后更新6个月前 · 刊登于15 Jan 2018 3:00PM
马来西亚华裔退伍军人协会（Malaysia Armed Forces Chinese, MACVA ）主席兼退役少校陈保山今日在谷中城召开的新闻发布会上，一一读出早年荣获最高元首册封为“勇将”的华裔军人。
“我们想要告诉你，我们不乏华裔老兵因为英勇特殊和的表现而获封最高元首颁发“勇将”勋章（Panglimah Gagah Berani, PGB）。”
陈保山非议伊斯迈米纳断章取义，只提带三星标志的马来亚共产党（Communist Party of Malaya, CDM）, 却只字不提马共一个以巫裔成员为主、活跃于马届边界深山的第十军团（10th Regiment）。
“他们的领袖是阿都拉西迪（Abduallah CD）、他的妻子Suriani Abdullah、Shamsiah Fakeh、Abu Samah Mohamad Kassim、Rasid Maidin。”
“我们所谓的“Templer 12”， 是首12个被国家送往英国桑德赫斯特皇家军事学院（Sanhurts）接受训练的部队人员， 当中有7名是非巫裔，7人当中有5、6人是华裔。”
“我很开心我还活着，我的战友好多都作古了，我还记得1975年，我的伙伴Captain Harjeet Singh在谷比莪被射杀，还有那些在空军部伍驾驶直升机的战友，一个炸弹就没了性命。当时我们正处在第二紧急状态（Second Malayan Emergency，又称马来亚共产党叛乱）的高峰期。”
马来西亚华裔退伍军人协会成立于2016年国庆日，隶属国防部退伍事务局（Jabatan Hal Ehwal Veteran ATM, JHEV）。
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‘We have our scars’: Chinese army vets slam Ummah for denying minorities’ part
By Anith Adilah 15 January 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 — Ethnic Chinese army veterans have railed against Malay-Muslim coalition Ummah today over the latter’s erroneous claim that only Malays had resisted British colonists, Japanese occupiers and Communist insurgents.
At a press conference today, Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (Macva) president Major (Rtd) Tan Pau Son said cleric Ismail Mina Ahmad’s remarks were not only historically and factually wrong, but had belittled the contributions of the non-Malay veterans including the Ibans, Indians, Sikhs.
“We participated in defending our country and some of us still have scars to show that we were there — risking our lives,” Tan told a press conference at Mavca headquarters at Midvalley Boulevard here.
“Needless to say there were also Chinese veterans who sadly lost their lives and limbs in the defence of the nation.
“All Malaysians should rebutt all these inaccurate and irresponsible assertions made by Ismail,” he said.
an also pointed out that there were six Chinese members of the armed forces who were bestowed with the Panglima Gagah Berani medals for their extreme bravery: Colonel Maurice Lam Shye Choon, Major (Rtd) Lee Ah Pow, Second Lieutenant (Rtd) David Fu Chee Ming, Sergeant (Rtd) Choo Woh Soon, Sergeant Cheng Eng Chin, and Ranger Mat Isa Hassan.
Meanwhile, three others, Lieutenant Colonel Chong Kheng Ley, Lieutenant Colonel Leong Fook Cheong, and Captain Tien Sen An, were awarded Pingat Tentera Udara for their valour.
“We have Chinese veterans who receive gallantry awards and this alone is a testament that the Malays were not the only ones who protected the nation,” he said.
On Saturday, Ismail who is the chairman of the Ummah umbrella group for Muslim organisations, also asserted that only the Malays had battled the Communists, which he claimed made the community a target of the predominantly-Chinese Insurgency that lasted for forty years.
One particular war veteran who narrowly escaped death while fighting a battle in Southern Thailand in 1978, said he was hurt and angered by Ismail’s remarks in the convention outlining the demands of the Muslim lobby.
Warrant Officer Patrick Lee Kai Tong said Ismail’s statement was not only ignorant but hurtful to armed forces who had witnessed countless deaths and suffered various injuries in the name of the country.
Lee, now 71, walks around with a hole in his left arm after being shot by the communists who had zeroed in on the Nuri helicopter he was in while landing to provide ammunition supply to his own troop.
“Does he even know what it is like to be in a warzone? He can say what he want but do not hurt people’s feelings,” Lee said.
“Maybe this scar from an M-16 is not enough for me to prove that I was there fighting for the country but know that every memory, every death — even the smell of it stays with me.”
Tan also chided Ismail for conveniently forgetting that there were many Malay members among the Communist insurgents.
“In Ismail’s speech, he failed to mention that the 10th Regiment Malayan Communist Party was predominantly a Malay regiment unit operating in the jungles of Northern Malaysia and Southern Thailand.
“The leader was Abdullah CD and his followers Suriani Abdullah, Shamsiah Fakeh, Abu Samah Mohamad Kassim and Rashid Maidin,” Tan said.
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