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L to R: Capt Tong Lye Heng (Rtd), Lt Cdr Phua Hean Sim RMN (Rtd), Lt Col Carol Loo Lee Fum (Rtd), Capt Tien Sien An RMAF (Rtd), Maj Peter Yeow Chow Cheong RMAF (Rtd).

Malaysian Insight Interview MACVA
2 Sep 19
Malaysian Insight interviewed MACVA recently at their Sri Hartamas office on 29 Aug 19. The interview coneducted in Mandarin was in conjunction with the 62nd Merdeka Celebration. Representing MACVA were Phua Hean Sim, Tong Lye Heng, Loo Lee Fum and Tien Sien An. Kudos to Peter Yeow Chow Cheong for coordinating the interview. MACVA extends its sincere gratitude to Malaysian Insight for highlighting the sacrifices of Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans (MACV) for the nation while serving in the Malaysian Armed Forces.

国庆日】华裔军人——退伍不褪色的爱国情操!
邱玉珊
最后更新1天前 • 刊登于31 Aug 2019 11:15AM •

在一群退伍华裔军人心中,爱国的心,是不会褪色。(摄影:Hasnoor Hussain)

“当兵苦,当兵累,当兵要奉献血和泪,为国家为人民,一腔热血去参军,光荣的军人为和平,保家卫国!”

在60年代至70年代,一群带着满腔热血去参军的华裔军人,节庆不能休假,佳节不能陪伴家人,但是他们无怨无悔,为了就是让人民和家人有一个安居乐业的国家。当有人将爱国情操与各族群的从军比例挂钩后,在一群华裔退伍军人心中不是滋味。

在60年代,因应当年的国情要打政府工,除了当老师或护士外,另一项选择就是当兵,不少华裔家庭因为经济因素,以及个人保家卫国情操,都选择加入军队。他们参与对抗马共,带领小队到不同国家参与军事活动,与不同国家军队交流等,数十年从军辛酸是有血有泪。

然而,在马来西亚因为政治利益而衍生出来种族主义者,一句“华裔不爱国”让他们在国家独立后默默保家卫国的华裔退伍军人心中感到难过和气愤。

《透视大马》访问4名退伍军人,到底国庆日对他们来说,具有什么样的意义?

潘贤森(摄影:Hasnoor Hussain

潘贤森(摄影:Hasnoor Hussain)

退伍海军少校潘贤森
潘贤森是在1972年加入,他说,马来西亚是一个多元种族的国家,每当国庆日来临,一些投机分子发表“华裔不效忠”、“华裔外来者”等不利言论,都让他感到痛心和失望。

“国庆日应该是值得深思的日子,当年国家如何在各种族的努力下争取独立,在军队里不分种族来保卫国家,当军队里每一名士兵都像一家人的时候,却是政治人物分化了我们,将军人与种族划分。”

他回想起当兵的日子,大伙一起操练、一起睡觉吃饭,各族和谐和睦共处,令人感到欣慰。

“当兵的日子,每年过年过节都不能放假,国庆日对一名军人来说更为忙碌。”

他强调,自己生于斯长于斯,除了效忠马来西亚就没有其他国家可以效忠。

童来兴(摄影:Hasnoor Hussain)

退伍陆军上尉童来兴
童来兴是在1969年加入军营,他说,在当年,国庆日对身在军营的他来说,必须较平常更小心百倍,因为要严防马共突袭,无时无刻都要戒备。

“我本身曾经与马共博火,还中了一枪差点丢了命。如果有人说华裔不爱国,我会感到很生气,因为不曾在战场上流过一滴汗水的你没有资格说华裔不爱国。”

当年,遭马共射中一枪的童来兴,体力欠佳就提早退伍,但是他不曾忘记当年服役的点滴,如今对着儿孙也会忆当年,国庆日带着孙子去参观节庆典礼,跟孙子解释军队类别与责任。

“从前,国庆日没有和家人一起度过,退伍后的国庆日由于是假期,难得可以一家人团聚,享受天伦之乐。”

田信安(摄影:Hasnoor Hussain)

退伍空军上尉田信安
田信安是在1981年加入空军,他说,每逢国庆日,他都会带着孩子去观赏游行庆典,然后跟孩子讲解国庆日的意义。

他教导孩子了解国家独立过程,各族之间应和睦共处,因此对于那些在国庆日就提及“不爱国情操”的言论都感到气愤。

“我(听了那些话)很生气,我曾经用生命去保卫家园,这些人没有流过一滴汗水,倘若他们身份与我们对调,他们应该作如何感想?会不会生气?”

他回忆起过去的国庆日,他曾经带领3次空军直升机在庆典上飞行表演。

“我带领过3次,对我来说要在国庆日上飞行表演,最困难的部分是‘准时’,国家元首发表御词是否在限定时间内完成,若超时空军就必须立刻重新计算飞行时间,因为每一次飞行,各直升机必须按照原来时程去飞行,第一架领队更改,第二架就必须做出更动,空军飞行表演必须确保零出错。”

“我们是退伍老兵,当年也经历过一段辛酸,当听见有人贬低自己的族群时,我都会感到伤心。”

罗丽芬(摄影:Hasnoor Hussain)

退伍陆军情报部中校罗丽芬
罗丽芬是在1977年加入陆军,由于当年从军这一条路艰辛,尤其是对一名华裔女性来说,她是排除万难,从百多名应征者中,脱颖而出成为唯一华裔女兵,因此她的爱国情操是毋庸置疑。

“每一年的国庆日,从8月1日开始至9月16日期间,我都会在家门口张挂国旗,附近的邻居看到了也效仿,这是我自己表达爱国的一部分。”

罗丽芬曾经在国庆日庆典上代表陆军操步,回忆当年操步练习,早上清晨就要起身,为了就是在国庆日这一天不能有任何出错。

“我希望全国人民在国庆日这一天,各族和谐,不要有斗争,因为马来西亚人都是一家人。”

当兵不能当一辈子,但是爱国的心却是一辈子,在这一群退伍军人的心中燃烧着,炙热着,永不熄灭!


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MACVA Publish Memoirs of the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans
7 Jun 19
The Star interviewed MACVA recently at their Menara Star office in Petaling Jaya on 31 May 19. The interview was in conjunction with the publishing of the Memoirs of the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans by MACVA. Attending the session were four editors of the memoirs; Lt Col Dr Liew Ngo Chin (Rtd), Lt Col Chua Eng Lye (Rtd), Maj Peter Yeow Chow Cheong (Rtd) and Maj Wong Kwai Yinn. MACVA extends its sincere gratitude to The Star for recognising the roles of veterans through this effort and assisting in informing the public of this Memoirs through their news publication and online news portal.

Veterans’ roles recognised
Friday, 31 May 2019 12:00 AM MYT
By RAHIMY RAHIM

Great legacy: (From Left) Editorial Member Mejar Wong Kwai Yinn,Lt Kol Dr Liew, Mejar Yeow and Lt Kol Chua loking at a copy of ‘Memoir of the Malaysian Armed Forcers Veterans’ at Menara Star.

PETALING JAYA: She was “dumbfounded” when a colonel at the Sungai Besi army camp “dropped a bombshell” on her, telling her that she would be sent on intelligence service in Somalia within a week.

That’s Mejar Toh Lian Sim @ Siti Linziana, who is little known among Malaysians, nor mentioned in history books but who played a role in the armed forces’ mission in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1994.

Her assignment came just four months after the first Battle of Mogadishu, a US mission to capture high-ranking officials of a Somali warlord, which came to be known in the film Black Hawk Down.

Malaysian peacekeepers were sent there in 1993 in the rescue of US elite forces, which saw Kpl Mat Aznan Awang killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his Condor armoured personnel carrier. Nine other Malaysian soldiers were also wounded.

Mejar Toh was serving her fourth year as a staff officer at the Army Field Command headquarters in Sungai Besi when the post came.

“I was recommended to serve as an ‘intelligence officer’ to observe and report the ground situation.

“It was a rare mission, so I was truly delighted to be part of it,” said Mejar Toh, as quoted in Memoirs of the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans, a book just released by the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (Macva).

Mejar Toh, 63, said she was in Somalia for hardly a week but “being able to experience the atmosphere of war was truly invaluable”.

“During my stay in Mogadishu, sounds of explosions and shooting were heard throughout the day and night and it was particularly obvious at night.

“Occasionally, I woke up at night thinking I was at home, listening to firecrackers being let off in celebration of the Chinese New Year,” said Mejar Toh, who became a Muslim after marrying an army man.

Explaining the book, editor-in-chief Lt-Kol Dr Liew Ngoh Chin said Macva decided to have a recollection of stories from personnel of different races when he realised that Malaysians did not have a culture of recording history.

“We started with the Emer­gency, the second Emergency, also known as the counter-insurgency warfare, then to peacekeeping missions, bravery and outstanding achievements,” he said in an interview.

Sharing his experience, Lt-Kol Dr Liew said he witnessed the second Emergency while serving as a medical officer in the battalion.“I saw how servicemen of different races got into action or were injured by gunfire or booby traps.

“They all contributed gallantly to the defence of the nation,” he said.

He said that he wanted to put these stories of “unsung heroes” into historical context.

“I am glad that some efforts to record these stories are finally taking shape,” said Lt-Kol Dr Liew.

The book will be on sale to the public within one or two months.

Its deputy editor-in-chief Lt-Kol Chua Eng Lye said it took over two years to write the book, the biggest challenge being to gather information and carry out interviews.

Sharing his experiences, Mejar Peter Yeow Chow Cheong said he took part in various flying missions during the height of the insurgency.

“Back in the 1970s and 1980s, helicopters were limited.

“We had two squadrons in East Malaysia and two in the west. Every operation used the same copter.

“I was also in the army before I joined the air force, so I know air support is important for casualties, medical supplies as well as insertion of troops,” he said.

Mejar Yeow said Macva was now assisting the Defence Ministry to recruit more non-Malay youths.

macva Interview Video Clip

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L to R:Ng Joo Chay, Chen Ka Kim, Wong Ah Jit, Tan Sri Datuk Ng Teck Fong, Joe Pie Chong Seng, Lim Wai Fah, Mike Teoh Chong Kooi.

MACVA Visit Malaysian Chinese Museum
17 Mar 19
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) paid a visit to the Malaysian Chinese Museum located at Seri kembangan, Selangor on 13 Mar 19. The MACVA entourage led by VP RMAF Joe Pie Chong Seng and Honsec Wong Ah Jit were received by Malaysian Chinese Museum Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Ng Teck Fong. During the visit Ng Joo Chay presented a Chinese Calligraphy which he wrote himself to Tan Sri Datuk Ng Teck Fong.


吴德芳:建国贡献不能留白 华裔军警事迹纳华博
March 14, 2019

华裔退伍军人协会副会长彭聪城(右三)赠送书法中堂予华博主席吴德芳,左三总秘书王亚日。

(吉隆坡12日讯)我国华裔军警事迹,将纳入大马华人博物馆(华博)展厅。

华裔退伍军人协会日前应华博主席丹斯里吴德芳邀请访问该馆及考察,并获献议在第二期的扩馆计划中,设立展馆,以呈现华裔军人在建国历史中的角色。

吴德芳说,建国前后经过几次动荡时期,华裔都未曾缺席,且积极参与整个过程,因此华裔军警对国家的贡献,一定不能在建国历史中留白。

华裔老兵协会总秘书王亚日中校透露,该会年前已在收集华裔军人参与各战斗任务的回忆录,并将在近期付梓发行,该会将配合华博提供及充实华裔军警史料,让新生代更了解建国过程和珍惜我国目前达致的成就。

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华裔退伍军人协会副会长彭聪城(右三)赠送书法中堂于华博主席丹斯理吴德芳,左三为总秘书王亚日中校。(图:星洲日报).

华裔军警事迹纳入华博
(吉隆坡十二日讯)我国华裔军警事迹将纳入华博展厅!

日前应大马华人博物馆主席丹斯理吴德芳邀请,华裔退伍军人协会访问考察该馆,并获献议在第二期的扩馆计划中,设立展馆以呈现华裔军人在建国历史中的角色。

吴德芳说,大马建国前后经过几次动荡时期,华裔国人都未曾缺席,且积极参与整个过程,因此华裔军警对国家的贡献事迹,一定不能让它在建国历史中留白!

华裔老兵协会总秘书王亚日中校透露,该会年前已进行收集华裔军人参与各战斗任务的回忆录,并将在近期付锌发行;该会也将积极配合华博,提供及充实华裔军警史料,让新生代更加了解建国过程和珍惜我国目前达致的成就。

文章来源 : 星洲日报 2019-03-13

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