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MACVA Group Photo after Press Conference. WO Patrick Lee Kai Tong RMAF (Rtd) describing the Nuri helicopter shooting incident.

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:

PRESS STATEMENT

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)
President
MACVA



"休想抹煞华裔军兵抗战血史” 华裔退伍军人协会出示表扬名单
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今天呼吁全民唾弃发生“日侵时代唯有巫裔保家卫国”的不实言论的穆斯林群体组织(Ummah),强烈谴责这个组织歪曲事实。

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)。”

“这个新闻发布会与政治无关,我们只是特别关注穆斯林群体Ummah主席伊斯迈米纳对外宣布,只有马来人抗拒英殖民者、日本侵略着和共产恐怖分子。

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。”

“如果对方说非巫裔没有加入部队,这又怎么说?我们有照片、我们有名字。”

“伊斯迈米纳发表与历史不符的声明,等同轻视非马来人老兵尤其是华裔、伊班人、印裔、锡克人等对国家的贡献。”

这名退役少校指出,马来西亚华裔退伍军人协会旗下会员逾千,而已经作古的华裔战士都是最真实的证明,说明曾有大批华裔老兵为了捍卫国土而加入抗战行动。

“我们想要告诉马来西亚人,我们曾经参与保卫国家,指我们没有为国服务是大错特错。”

退役上校黎亚保痛斥伊斯万米纳抹煞当年非巫裔军兵英勇保国的贡献。(图:透视大马)

退役上校黎亚保(74岁)受访时表示,他感到既难过又生气,因为没有国阵、巫统、马华、国大党的领袖挺身出来终结(伊斯迈米纳)的言论。

“我们现在还活着,但以后我们不在了,谁会记得这段历史?我的儿子和孙子没机会加入抗战,他们听了这样的话,在太阳底下,这说得过去吗?”

“我知道谷比莪(Gubir,马泰边境)的森林、沙巴的森林、砂拉越的森林,那是很多人父辈祖辈的坟墓。”

“不要忘记,非巫裔还包括卡达山人、姆律人、伊班人,他们也有参与抗战。”

黎亚保忆述,当年19岁就加入部队,如今转眼30年,头发都灰白却突然听闻有人发表如此不负责任的言论,企图抹去当年军兵奋勇舍命保卫国家的事实。

“这不是自夸,也不是到处炫耀我当处加入部队,但在事隔多年后,有人只凭着一句话就抹去我在军队中30年的贡献,我能不生气吗?”

“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。”

“请问伊斯迈米纳尝过困在深山的日子吗?见识过深山的蚊子和水蛭吗?头发灰白的人不会忘记当时的马来亚是什么样子。”

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)。

荣获勇士勋章华裔军人名单:
已故林锡春 上校
李亚保 退役少校
大卫符志明 退役少尉
朱和顺 退役曹长
已故曾英尽 曹长
莫益沙(东马华裔)退役士兵

荣获飞行勋章华裔军人名单:
张琼礼 退役中校
梁福昌 退役中校
田承安 退役上尉

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‘We have our scars’: Chinese army vets slam Ummah for denying minorities’ part
By Anith Adilah 15 January 2018

Macva president Major Tan Pau Son during Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association press conference at The Boulevard Mid Valley City January 15, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

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.

Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association pose for group photo after press conference at The Boulevard Mid Valley City January 15, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

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.

WO Patrick Lee ai Tong, 71 shows scar from a bullet during Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association press conference at The Boulevard Mid Valley City January 15, 2018. — Picture by Firdaus Latif

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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Maj Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd) and En Azzam Syafiq

Malaysian Digest Interview Maj Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd)
4 Oct 17
En Azzam Syafiq from Malaysian Digest interviewed Maj Patrick Wong Sing Nang (Rtd) recently about his services and sacrifices to the nation while serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces. The meeting took place up at D'Mass Restaurant, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur on the noon of 27 August 2017. MACVA would like to express its sincere gratitude to Malaysian Digest for highlighting the sacrifices of Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans (MACV) for the nation while serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces.

54 Years After The Formation Of M'sia, An Army Veteran Tells Youth To Not Take Peace For Granted
Malaysian Digest Article
Published on Monday, 18 September 2017 16:43 Written by Azzam Syafiq

Major Patrick (most right, holding the sword) leading his men in march during his RMC days

It has been 54 years since the formation of our beloved country, and we have stood through so many conflicts that challenged the sovereignty of our nation.

From the Indonesian Confrontation in the early days of Malaysia, to the 2013 Lahad Datu invasion by radical Filipino militants, our security forces have risked their lives for the safety of the Malaysian people.

One army veteran, Major Patrick Wong Sing Nang of the Malaysian Chinese Armed Forces Veteran (MACVA), shared with Malaysian Digest the sacrifices he had endured during his 26-year service in the Malaysian military.

“During the early days of Malaysia, when I was a teenager, I saw a lot of Commonwealth forces in my hometown. I was impressed by the foreign soldiers,” said the army veteran who hailed from Sibu, Sarawak.

When he was in Form 5, a recruiting team from the Ministry of Defence came to his hometown and gave a talk on military service as a career choice. Major Patrick wasted no time and made an application to join the army in 1967.

After spending two years in the Royal Military College (RMC), he was assigned to the third battalion of the ranger corps, stationed in Taiping for his first assignment.

Major Patrick Wong Sing Nang

“At the time, Taiping was considered to be the hottest spot for communist threats in Perak and Kedah,” he recalled.

Throughout his experience in fighting the communists, there were two operations that stood out.

“In April 1971, my team mounted an operation called Ops Radak in Kulim. We managed to eliminate seven communist threats (CT), one of my biggest successes.

“However, due to the operation, I had to miss my own wedding dinner,” he said. He was officially married a few days before, but had to sacrifice his memorable wedding dinner to answer his duty for the country.

His other operation in December 1977 was even more unfortunate, as he had to be away from his family during Christmas. On top of that, he had a close encounter with death when fighting the communists.

“I was supposed to have my leave that time. However, due to the solid information provided by the Special Branch and Orang Asli, it was an urgent matter and my leave was cancelled.

“This operation, dubbed Ops Kejut, was planned to attack a communist outpost deep in the jungles of Gopeng.

“We entered the jungle in the night of Christmas, and carried our offensive in the early morning of 26 December, at 5.00 a.m.,” explained Major Patrick.

He was one of the 80 soldiers who participated in the operation. While that may sounds like a lot of soldiers, in the thick of the tropical Malaysian rainforest, the number had no obvious advantage as the thick vegetation limited the soldiers’ visibility.

“We carefully advanced to the enemy’s position. Unfortunately, one of our soldiers stepped on a trip mine, exploding it and exposing our position to the enemy,” he recalled.

The ensuing firefight lasted for three hours. While Major Patrick and his men successfully overrun the enemy’s position, it came with a heavy cost.

Four men, including Major Patrick, were severely injured. The Major was shot in the chest, and the bullet went past his lungs, liver and stuck in his abdomen. The soldier who stepped on the mine was heavily injured as well, from the explosion.

“We immediately radioed in for a helicopter evacuation, and established a ‘winching point’, an area where we cleared the trees around it to provide room for the helicopter to land.

“At 10.00 a.m., the helicopter arrived just in the nick of time to airlift the four of us. We were flown and treated at the Ipoh General Hospital,” he said.

After being treated for 30 days, he continued his service until he was voluntarily discharged in 1993.

He would like the current generations to know that the peace they enjoy today is due to the sacrifices made by soldiers just like him.

“Thanks to the cooperation shown by the police, army, navy, air force, and even the paramilitary, we managed to force the communists to the negotiating table in Hatyai at 1989, signing the peace accord and ending the communist threat.

“We must not take our peace today for granted. All of us must value and appreciate the sacrifices that had been made by our security personnel,” reminded the army veteran.

Major Patrick (left) receiving a visit from his superior during his treatment in Ipoh General Hospital

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SelangorKini Interview Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd)
10 Oct 17
En Ermizi Muhamad from SelangorKini interviewed MACVA Honorary Secretary Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd) recently about his services and sacrifices to the nation while serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces. The meeting took place up his apartment at Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur at 12.00 noon on 22 September 2017. MACVA would like to express its sincere gratitude to SelangorKini for highlighting the sacrifices of Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans (MACV) for the nation while serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces.

Kisah tentera Cina pertahan kedaulatan
Tolak Sentimen Kaum Demi Keamanan
Artikal SelangorKini
Oleh ERMIZI MUHAMAD Edisi 6-13 Oktober 2017

Penzahiran rasa cinta terhadap keamanan Negara yang terlahir daripada semangat juang individu tegar mempertahankan negara daripada ancaman musuh. Tanpa mengambil kira perbezaan sentimen warna kulit, kaum, bangsa dan agama, semangat kecintaan terhadap Negara kekal dipertahan utuh.Ia dibuktikan, Leftenan Kolonel Wong Ah Jit (Bersara) dalam usahanya untuk berbakti kepada negara menerusi khidmatnya sebagai Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).

Menceritakan detik pembabitannya sebagai tentera, anak kelahiran Pangkalan Minyak, BatuTujuh, Melaka, berbangsa Cina itu ada tafsirannya. "Minat terhadap ketenteraan bermula sejak kecil, ketika ayah saya berkhidmat sebagai pembantu pengurus di estet milik bapa saudara.

"Secara kebetulan, estet tempat ayah bekerja itu kawasan pusat latihan ketenteraan Inggeris sekitar tahun 1960 dan waktu itu saya baru berumur 14 tahun. "Daripada situlah saya dapatmelihat bagaimana tentera Inggerisberlatih dan mendorong rasa untuk membabitkan diri dalam dunia ketenteraan," katanya kepada SelangorKini.

Perubahan hidup
Seawal usianya 18 tahun, penghijrahannya ke SungaiUdang, Melaka, menjadi detik terpenting dirinya sebelum terbabit dalam dunia ketenteraan.Secara kebetulan, Sungai Udang juga antara pusat latihan ketenteraan komando yang cukup sinonim dalam kalangan warga tempatan waktu itu. "Saya bertemu dengan seorang pegawai tinggi tentera yang menawarkan saya untuk menyertai tentera ketika itu."Atas dorongannya, akhirnya permohonan saya diterima dan daripada situlah kehidupan saya berubah," katanya.

Beliau berkata, detik itu mengejutkan ibu dan ahli keluarga yang lain terutama keputusan untuk menyertai ketenteraan hadir ketika konfratasi perkauman 16 Mei baru sahaja berakhir. "Saya bangsa Cina pertama yang dipilih untuk diserap sebagai tentera selepas peristiwa 13 Mei 1969 yang menjadi titik kemuncak masalah perpaduan negara, waktu itu," katanya.

Sejurus itu, beliau dihantar mengikuti latihan ketenteraan diPort Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, sebelum melalui proses lanjutan akhir bersama anggota pasukan dan akhirnya memilih berkhidmat dalam unit polis tentera. Ceritanya lagi, walaupun terpaksa bersaing bersama masyarakat Melayu waktu itu, namun iltizam tinggi mendorong beliau untuk terus merealisasikan impiannya.

Komunis tembak kepala
Suatu sudut transisi yang lain, beliau mempunyai kisah dan pengalaman yang masih segar dalam ingatannya ketika berjuanghabis-habisan melawankomunis. "Saya ada seorang kawan berbangsaIndia yang sangat rapat dan akrab. Usianya waktu itu masih muda, namun beliau gi lebih awal. "Beliau ditembak di kepalapada jarak dekat ketika operasi penghapusan komunis dijalankan, di hutan. "Kami cukup terkesan. Namun, pengalaman ini seharusnya mengajar masyarakat Malaysia untuk lebih menghargai keamanan yang kita kecapi kini," katanya.

Baginya kini, saki baki perajurit yang masih ada wajar mendapat pengiktirafan sebaiknya atas jasa dan perjuangan mereka dulu. "Namun, saya sedikit kesal apabila masih ada tanggapan segelintir masyarakat yang seolah- olah melupakan jasa dan pengorbanan golongan ini. "Lebih mendukacitakan, ada yang sekadar mendapat wang bantuan sumbangan yang tidak setimpal walaupun mengalami kecacatan kekal," katanya.

Harum nama negara
Selepas tamat perkhidmatan bersama ketenteraan, beliau tidak hanya berhabis masa, di rumah. Kini, lelaki separuh abad itu terus menyumbang khidmat baktinya kepada negara. Sebaliknya , khidmat bakti beliau diteruskan apabila dipilih menerajui kepimpinan tertinggi pengurusan sukan squash negara. Beliau diamanahkan untuk bertanggungjawab mengetengahkanbakat muda dalam sukan itu. Hasilnya, pemain squash dunia, Nicol Ann David dan AzlanIskandar dilatih sejak kecilsehingga mampu menjulangnama Malaysia, di mata dunia.

Katanya, pemilihan dibuat selepas mengambil kirapembabitannya dalam sukan ketika tempoh perkhidmatan bersama pasukan ketenteraan sebelum ini. "Saya mendapat peluang untuk membantu pengurusan squash Negara di bawah Institut Sukan Negara dan daripada situlah sehabis daya membantu mengembangkan bakat atlet muda yang mampu untuk diketengahkan.

"Dalam tempoh itu, kejayaan manis ketika mengetuai delegasi squash negara dalam Sukan Komanwel dan temasya sukan lain yang menjulang nama atlet muda di bawah seliaan saya, waktu itu. "Ia benar-benar satu pengiktirafan terbaik buat diri saya untuk terus konsisten mengangkat martabat negara daripada aspek yang berbeza walaupun selepas tamat ketenteraan," katanya.

Kini, susuk tubuh ini kekal optimis untuk terus membawa nama Malaysia ke peringkat lebih tinggi. Semangat juang tinggi insan ini wajar dicontohi masyarakat Malaysia untuk negara terus kekal aman dan sejahtera. Baginya, kesejahteraan negara tidak hanya bersandar kepada tugas pimpinan tertinggi negara, tentera atau polis, sebaliknya ia perlu mendapat keterlibatan semua. "Semoga Negara ini kekal aman, bebas daripada korupsi dan mendapat kesejahteraan yang baik daripada semua aspek," katanya. Selamat Hari Pahlawan!

Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Bersara)

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