MACVA MILITARY LAST RITE ACCORDED TO THE LATE FLT SGT MATHEW KUTTY THOMAN RMAF, AT BANTING, SELANGOR ON TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2020
MACVA accorded the Military Last Rite to the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman RMAF (706545) an Associate Member of MACVA who passed away peacefully on Monday 16th November 2020 at the University Malays Medical Centre (UMMC), Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The Military Last Rite was held at the Sungai Sedu Christian Cemetery, Banting, Selangor at 12.30pm on Tuesday 17 November 2020.
MACVA members who carried out the Military Last Rite for the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman at the Sg Sedu Christian Cemetery, Banting, Selangor are as follows:
1. Lim Wai Fah RMAF - MACVA Committee Member
2. Tony Ho Weng Kong RMN - MACVA Committee Member
3. Ooi Chai Thuan RMAF
4. Goh Teck Kheong RMAF
5. Balasubramaniam Kolandan RMAF
The Military Last Rite started with the draping of the Malaysia flag on the casket of the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman at the residence at Taman Aman, Banting, Selangor at 9.00am. The Funeral Mass was held at 10.30am. Thereafter the cortege departed for Sungai Sedu Christian Cemetery, Banting, Selangor for the burial ceremony.
The Military Last Rite ceremony at the burial site began with the explanation of the significance of the Military Last Rite. It was followed by the reading of the President MACVA’s Condolence Message to Mdm Mallika Palaniappan. Thereafter, The Last Post was sounded for the final salute to the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman.
The Malaysia flag was removed from the casket after the Last Post, folded and presented to Mdm Mallika Palaniappan for remembrance of the family and the future generations of the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman.
The MACVA Military Last Rite ended at 1.00pm. The family members of the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman expressed their utmost gratitude and thank you to MACVA for the honour accorded.
MACVA’s profound appreciation to its members for the Military Last Rite accorded to the Late Flt Sgt Mathew Kutty Thoman at the Sg Sedu Christian Cemetery, Banting, Selangor.
PRESENTATION OF MALAYSIAN FLAG TO MADAM NG SIEW CHEW
17 Nov 20
MACVA members from Sungai Petani, Sub-Chapter of Northern Chapter (NC) visited Mdm Ng Siew Chew, wife of the Late WO II Low Thian Choon RMAF on Saturday 14 November 2020 at 11.00am. The visit was organised by Lor Yet Sing RMAF, Head of Welfare Sg Petani Sub-Chapter of NC. The purpose of the visit was to present the folded Malaysia flag to Mdm Ng Siew Chew on behalf of the Government and the Malaysian Armed Forces for the 22 years of loyal service to the King and country by the Late WO II Low Thian Choon RMAF.
The Late WO II Low Thian Choon RMAF passed away on Saturday 7th November 2020. Unfortunately, NC was only informed of the demise of the Late WO II Low Thian Choon on 11 November 2020, one day after the funeral which was held on 10 November 2020.
The members in the visiting team were as follows:
1. Lor Yet Sing - RMAF (Head of Welfare - Sg Petani)
2. Leong Swee Teng - Army
3. Tei Poey Eong - RMAF
4. Sua Fong Yap - RMAF
5. Chong Lee Lee - RMAF
6. Liew Kuan Yew - RMAF
7. Low Bak Chuan - RMAF
8. James Teoh - RMAF
Prior to the presentation of the folded Malaysia flag, the President of MACVA’s Condolence Letter was read out to Mdm Ng Siew Chew. Thereafter, Lor Yet Sing, Head of Welfare Sg Petani presented the folded Malaysia flag, the President’s Condolence Letter and the token of appreciation from MACVA to Mdm Ng Siew Chew.
MACVA would like to record its appreciation to NC - Sg Petani Sub-Chapter for organising the visit and the meaningful presentation to Mdm Ng Siew Chew and the family members.
NEW ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR FROM COL DR LEW CHEE KONG FOR MACVA PATIENTS MOBILITY ASSISTANCE (MPMA)
19 Oct 20
It was a pleasant surprise to receive a text message from Col Dr Lew Chee Kong at 10.39am on a Sunday morning. The last time Col Dr Lew texted me was in August 2020 on his membership. I thought it was the same matter. I was taken aback to read his text message. Below are the text messages:
a. 10.39am - from Col Dr Lew “Hi good morning Col Wong, I have a motorised wheel chair (electric), meant for my mother, but not used at all. How to send to you for anyone that needs it?”
b. 10.47am - my reply “TQVM Sir. I will inform our MPMA founder Richard Lye Wah to get in touch with you. God bless.”
c. 10.50am - Col Dr Lew’s text message C&P to Richard Lye ”from our member Col Dr Lew Chee Kong. Please get in touch with Col Dr Lew.”
d. 10.51am - Col Dr Lew’s mobile number texted to Richard Lye ”Please take a few photos for our website. Tq”
e. 5.59pm - Richard Lye’s message “Col, just collected the elect. w/chair from Col Dr Lew in PJ. Best regards to you”
f. 7.08pm - “TQVM Richard. Very kind of you. Very nice wheelchair. Must be quite costly.”
g. 7.19pm - from Richard Lye “Yes, it is a very good unit however will hv to look into the condition of the battery. Will keep you inform. Tks again”
The above text messages are meant to highlight the speed which is the essence when dealing with medical matters. Richard Lye, a veteran from the Medical Corps up-hold the motto and made arrangement with Col Dr Lew to collect the wheelchair the same day in the evening.
A quote from Richard Lye Wah “One day of delay in providing a medical equipment to a needy is one extra day of suffering by the needy”
On behalf of the President and members of MACVA, our profound thank you to Col Dr Lew Chee Kong for his generosity in donating the electric wheelchair to MPMA and also our thank you to Richard Lye Wah for sacrificing.
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR DONATED BY COL DR LEW CHEE KONG
For the information of MACVA members, MPMA was officially formed on 25 October 2019 with Brig Gen Dr Leong Weng Foon as the Advisor. It was initially named as Patients Mobility Assistance when founded by Richard Lye Wah, a veteran from the Medical Corps. During the MACVA Management Meeting on 25 October 2019 it was agreed to name it to be MACVA Patients Mobility Assistance (MPMA). The tied up with MACVA is to give the outfit a better recognition and at the same time to enhance the image of MACVA in its welfare assistance to members and other deserving veterans. MACVA Welfare CM Lim Wai Fah was appointed to be the co-ordinator of MPMA during the Meeting.
The MPMA is co-located at the warehouse of the Charity Food Basket Society Klang founded by Mr Chew Song Kong. The equipment provided on loan to veterans with no charges are as follows:
1. Hospital beds (Electric and non-electric operated)
2. Wheelchairs (electric and non-electric operated)
4. Walking sticks
5. Other medical equipment on needs basis
The equipment are mostly donated and some are purchased. As at today, MPMA has loaned 6 hospital beds (two electric beds), 4 wheelchairs (one electric wheelchair) and other equipment to members and non-members. The hallmark of MPMA is the speed in the delivery of equipment to the needy. The delivery takes not more than 3 days upon received of the request. For wheelchair and walker it is normally delivered or collected by the rep on the same day. This welfare service by MACVA is unprecedented among the Malaysian veterans associations. MACVA is very thankful to Richard Lye who initiated the offer.
MACVA has established a MPMA sub-branch at the Northern Chapter to cater for our members. It is our hope that this non-profit MPMA can be strongly supported by members, non-members and the private corporations. Effort will be made to approach JHEV to offer MPMA to be the interim supplier of equipment to needy veterans while waiting for their applications to be approved by JHEV. A small fee will be imposed on each equipment on loan to JHEV. The fees will be used to buy additional equipment or for repairs of the equipment.
LR: DESMOND, ANDRIAN , MIXSUEL AND SKY CHEN.
TRIBUTE TO A GOOD SAMARITAN CPO SKY CHEN KA KIM RMN
28 Sep 20
Ultimate Jaya Engineering Sdn Bhd where MACVA Committee Member Sky Chen is the Technical Director recently accepted three Sarawakian youth into an On Job Training (OJT) program. They are students of JT Akademi Sdn Bhd, a vocational college located at Muaran Tabuan, Kuching and are undergoing a Diploma Welding Course specialising in Under Water Welding. The five months internship is from 21 Sep 20 to 12 Feb 21 and the training package covers a monthly training allowance, food allowance and free lodging.
The three youth – Andrian Anggang Anthony, Desmond Amir Anak Agan and Mixsuel Anak Philip arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Kuching on 19 Sep 20 and were received by Sky Chen. They reported for training on 21 Sep 20 and were placed under the supervision of the company Operation Manager Noel ak Sigan who also acts as the program Training Officer. Incidentally, Noel also hails from Sarawak. The internship began with the Working at Height (WAH) Safety Course which was fully sponsor by the company. Due to Covid19 movement restriction, the three of them attended the course online from Sky Chen office.
MACVA is very proud of Sky Chen charitable and noble efforts in assisting the development of the youth training by offering then a fully sponsor internship package. Bravo Zulu to Sky Chen actions and we pray that Desmond, Andrian and Mixsuel will benefit greatly from the knowledge and experience gain from this internship.
MACVA MEMBERS PAID THE LAST RESPECT TO THE PAHLAWAN NEGARA
THE LATE SGT DATO’ (DR) AWANG AK RAWENG GC
21 Sep 20
The MACVA members from the Sarawak Chapter represented the President and members of MACVA paid their last respect to the Pahlawan Negara the Late Sgt Dato’ (Dr) Awang Ak Raweng GC who passed peacefully on Friday 18 September 2020 at Sri Aman, Sarawak. The Sarawak Chapter members present at the Dewan Suarah, Kuching for the funeral ceremony are as follows:
1. Lt Col Chong Kok Hing - Arty - Chairman Sarawak Chapter
2. Maj Foo Ah Cheng - Engr
3. 2Lt David Fu Chee Ming PGB - Rgr
4. Cpl Tan Meng Seng - Sig
MACVA donated RM3,000.00 to the family of the Late Sgt Dato’ (Dr) Awang Ak Raweng. The donation was handed over by the Sarawak Chapter Chairman at the St Thomas Church, Kuching to the Mr Pantau Ak Raweng, son of the Late Sgt Dato’ (Dr) Awang Ak Raweng.
The President and members of MACVA would like to extend our appreciation to the Chairman of the Sarawak Chapter and the members who took time off to represent MACVA at the funeral of the Late Sgt Dato’ (Dr) Awang Ak Raweng at the Dewan Suarah, Kuching this morning.
Published by Sin Chew on 22 Sep 20.