MALAYSIAN ARMED FORCES CHINESE VETERANS ASSOCIATION (MACVA) SUCCESSFULLY HELD
REMEMBRANCE DAY (HARI PERINGATAN PERWIRA NEGARA) AT TUGU NEGARA
15 Oct 19
MACVA successfully held a Remembrance Day (Hari Peringatan Perwira Negara) in conjunction with Hari Pahlawan 2019 at Tugu Negara, Lake Garden, Kuala Lumpur. A total of 200 Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans and Guests gathered on the bright morning of 12th October 2019 and attended the solemn and meaningful ceremony.
The event commemorates servicemen, servicewomen and individual who gave their life while serving our beloved country. It also pays respect to those Commonwealth servicemen who have fought in Malaya and gave their life in doing so. This event is also to remind the younger generation and future generations of the huge sacrifices the fallen heroes gave to then nation.
Veterans were seen arriving as early as 6.15 am. A few elderly Veterans present were into their eighties; showing undying camaraderie and lasting respect for their fallen comrades. It is a very gratifying demonstration of patriotism from them to all present and to our beloved Malaysia without announcing themselves. Seeing them smartly dress with their old berets and service medals proudly pinned to their chest is indeed deserving of the utmost respect. As the event Master of Ceremony Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Rtd) ended his Welcoming remarks; the ceremony began at 8.00 am with the singing of the National Anthem, Negara Ku by all present.
This was followed by the reading of the Significance of the Remembrance Day by Lt Mary Koh RMN (Rtd). MACVA President Brig Gen Datuk Goh Seng Toh RMAF (Rtd) then delivered his Welcoming address. In his concluding remarks; Datuk Goh stressed that ‘MACVA are hopeful, that this relatively simple act of paying tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom and democracy, that we enjoy today, will in time become an established annual event for MACVA for years to come.’
The Wreath Laying Ceremony then took place preceded by the Lasts Posts, 1 minute silence and Reveille.
The laying of wreath was performed by:-
Brig Gen Datuk Goh Seng Toh RMAF (Rtd), President MACVA.
Maj David Chow Chun Kai (Rtd), Vice President Army MACVA.
Kept Dato' Lee Kwang Lock RMN (Rtd), Vice President RMN MACVA.
LAC Joe Pie Chong Seng RMAF (Rtdd, Vice President RMAF MACVA.
WOI Thomas A/L Anthony (Rtd), Acting President Persatuan Veteran India ATM (PERIM).
Lt Col Sirender Singh (Rtd)), rep President Malaysian Armed Forces Sikh Veterans Association(MAFSVA).
Lt Col Dr Jaswant Singh (Rtd), President Persatuan Pegawai Veteran Kor Kesihatan DiRaja (PPVKKD).
Lt Col Hashim Harun (Rtd), rep Kelab Pegawai Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja (KPRAMD).
The final Ceremony was the singing of ‘Inilah Barisan Kita’ by all present.
The Ceremony ended at 8.50 am followed by a Tea reception at Plaza Tugu Negara. On behalf of the President and the Organising Committee of the Remembrance Day, we would like to register our profound thanks to all Veterans and Guests for your presence in making the Remembrance Day (Hari Peringatan Perwira Negara) 2019 a successful event.
We would like to register our sincere appreciation to Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) for approving our request to hold this year Remembrance Day. We also extends our sincere gratitude to Sun Daily, China Press,New Straits Times and The Star for assisting in informing the public of this event through their news publication and online news portal. Kudos to Raymond Goh for photos and Ong Yu Chai for video job.
2019年10月12日 摄影: 卢淑敏、冯宝仪
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200 Army Veterans Commemorate Remembrance Day
Cindi Loo / 12 Oct 2019 / 11:01 H.
KUALA LUMPUR: Some 200 army veterans from all walks of life gathered at Tugu Negara to commemorate the fallen soldiers on Remembrance Day.
The veterans gathered in front of Tugu Negara to observe a minute’s silence to remember the fallen soldiers and lay the flower wreath in front of the monument.
Then, they sang the patriotic song “Inilah Barisan Kita”, before gathering in front of the monument to take a group photo.
Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (Macva) president Brigadier General (Rtd) Datuk Goh Seng Toh TUDM said Remembrance Day is a universal event to honour and to remember those who gave their lives to the defence of their respective nations.
“The 11,000 servicemen who gave their lives and also those who survived in the World War II, the first emergency, the confrontation and the second emergency, a period of 46 years of armed conflict from 1943 to 1989 to enable our beloved country to enjoy the democracy, peace and harmony,“
“There are no words to describe the sacrifices of these heroes except to say thank you and to offer our prayers to those who died in the battle and armed conflicts,“ he said in his speech at Tugu Negara today.
Remembrance Day usually falls on July 31 every year, but the flower wreath laying ceremony, only organised for the second time by Macva, was only celebrated today because of delays due to the Yang Dipertuan Agong’s installation and the haze.
They also organised this occasion for the purpose of educating the current generation of the contributions made by the armed forces.
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Beautiful sight as ex-army personnel gather to remember fallen comrades
By Azdee Amir - October 18, 2019 @ 6:47pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Visitors to the National Monument (Tugu Negara) on an early Saturday morning recently witnessed something very rare and special as about 200 former servicemen and servicewomen from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) gathered to remember and pay homage to their fallen comrades.
Organised by the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) on Oct 12, former armed forces personnel who came from near and far gathered as early as 7am for the Remembrance Day ceremony that is in its second year.
For the Remembrance Day ceremony, the veterans and other guests in attendance sang Negaraku, The Last Post, Reveille, Inilah Barisan Kita, and paid their respects to their fallen comrades by holding a minute’s silence and laying wreaths.
Thereafter they mingled freely with one another to catch up and recall fond and bitter memories of fighting to safeguard the country’s interest and sovereignty during the Second World War, the communist insurgency and the confrontation, just to name a few.
According to MACVA vice-president, Captain (Rtd) Datuk Lee Kwang Lock, formerly of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), for their Remembrance Day initiative, they enjoy good support not just from the association’s members but also from other fellow veterans associations as well.
“Last year the turnout was about 140 former serviceman and servicewomen, but this year we have managed to gather more than 160. We are humbled to have very good support not only from our very own MACVA members, but also from other veterans associations, such as the Malay, Sikh and Indian associations. It’s good that we have everyone regardless of race or religion because the armed forces are made up of personnel from all races.
“Nowadays, remembrance and commemorative ceremonies are all done in Putrajaya, so we still feel strongly that such a special place as this, the National Monument, should be very much appreciated.
“Last year when we began with our Remembrance Day effort, it was approved by the authorities and it proved to be a success, which is why we are continuing with it.
“We hope that it will carry on so that more and more people, not just those from the armed forces, but society at large, especially the future generation, will know of its significance and value of the many sacrifices made by our armed forces,” said Lee, who served for 39 years in the Navy from 1973 to 2012.
Lt Colonel (Rtd) Carol Loo Lee Fum, a former army intelligence officer who served from 1978 to 2008, was one of the first female officers in the armed forces.
She said that she was determined to serve her beloved country despite initial objections from her family when she first enlisted. Fast forward to the present day, she has no regrets, but is instead proud to have served the country.
“I am a committee member with MACVA since it was founded in early 2016, and along with the rest of the veterans, we are very proud to hold such ceremony to pay homage to our fallen comrades.
“We hope to continue to do so, as apart from acknowledging the sacrifices of the country’s armed forces personnel, we hope that our fellow Malaysians will realise the importance of the role played by the armed forces in protecting the country during the early years of independence,” Loo pointed out.
Colonel (Rtd) Yunos Othman, formerly of the Royal Malay Regiment, served the country from 1966 to 1994 not just on Malaysian soil, but also overseas with the United Nations’ peacekeeping force in Namibia.
He hoped that present and future societies would be able to learn as much as possible how the armed forces personnel treat and respect one another regardless of religion, colour or creed.
“We have all gathered here today (Saturday) not just to pay our respects to our fallen brothers and sisters who served the country with honour and valor, but to also forge closer ties and strengthen the bonds of friendship and camaraderie among those of us that were lucky enough to have survived, be it from the army, navy or air force.
“We come from just about every nook and corner of the country from different backgrounds of society and ethnicity, but in the armed forces, we are one big family of brothers and sisters who have a huge amount of respect and understanding for one another which has never waivered.
“I also sincerely hope that through such a Remembrance Day event, our fellow Malaysians will appreciate all that we have done, given and sacrificed for our beloved country, as in one way or another, we have contributed to the peace and prosperity enjoyed today ,” Yunos said.
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Don’t take peace and harmony for granted, Malaysians advised
Metra News Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 By MINNOW YANG
ABOUT 200 veterans gathered to observe Remembrance Day 2019 in front of the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur.
It was organised for the second time by the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA)
MACVA President Goh Seng Toh, 74, said the Wreath-Laying Ceremony was to remember fellow soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.
“It is a time for us to show our respect to them.
“There are more than 200 people of all races gathered here today, from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Royal Malay Regiment as well as the medics.
“Such events contribute to national unity, so we will continue to do this,” said Goh.
He advised the young not to take the present peace and harmony in the country for granted.
“We should value the peace and harmony that we enjoy and we must take all necessary measures to ensure it continues,” he said.
Event Organising Chairman and MACVA Welfare Committee Director Lim Wai Fah, 64, was happy the day proceeded smoothly.
“We sang the national anthem and it reminded me of the time when I was in the army. It makes me feel like I am on stand-by and ready to fight if Malaysia needs me.
“This year’s event is a big success, especially as we have compatriots from other associations joining us,” he added.
MACVA held the first Remembrance Day last year in conjunction with Warriors Day which like this year, brought together members from the Malaysian Armed Forces Indian Veterans Association and Malaysia Armed Forces Sikh Veterans Association as well.
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