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MACVA Team with Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. L to R: Hon Sec Wong Ah Jit, President Datuk Goh Seng Toh, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Godfrey Chang & Ng Joo Chay.

MEETING ON TRANSLATION OF MOV TO MANDARIN WITH THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF SIN CHEW JIT POH ARRANGED BY TAN SRI DR KOH TSU KOON
10 Sep 20
The translation of MOV to mandarin meeting was held at Uncle Lim’s Subang Parade this afternoon from 12.30pm to 2.30pm. It was a major breakthrough for MACVA. The Sin Chew Jit Poh Editorial Board led by the Editor-in-Chief was given a detailed brief on the MOV by Godfrey Chang. The Sin Chew was extremely impressed with the effort of MACVA in producing the MOV. They agreed with MACVA that the MOV is to be translated into mandarin for wider readership. MACVA can take pride that the MOV shall become the first ever story book on the Malaysian Armed Forces in mandarin.

A quick telephone call was made by the Sin Chew during the meeting to the biggest Chinese publisher, The Popular Bookstore (M) Sdn Bhd to seek their assistance. We are pleased to inform that the Popular Bookstore (M) Sdn Bhd has agreed to undertake fully the task of translating the MOV to mandarin. Details of the translation arrangement will be made known after the formal meeting with the Popular Bookstore (M) Sdn Bhd which will be held soonest.

The meeting then went on to discuss the situation of the Chinese in Malaysia. The Chinese must stand tall (pride & dignity) and stand firmly on ground (our rights based on loyalty and commitment) in Malaysia and to rightfully claim our rights and position. Sin Chew and other Chinese media are to continuously highlight MACVA activities and also highlighting other non-military Chinese achievements. Chinese media is to assist in encouraging Chinese youths to join the Armed Forces.

On behalf of the MACVA and the MOV Editorial Board, we would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon for his personal interest in assisting MACVA to get the MOV to be translated into mandarin. We also would like to thank the Sin Chew Jit Poh’s Editorial Board who turned up in full force at today’s meeting and helped to seal the translation arrangement with the Popular Bookstore (M) Sdn Bhd. The full support from the Sin Chew is a rare honour given to MACVA.

This historic meeting was made possible through the close association of our senior RMN member Lt Cdr Khoo Kay Seang from Penang with Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon. Thank you Sir and we also would like to take this opportunity to wish Lt Cdr Khoo Kay Seang a speedy recovery from his medical treatment.

Lastly, we would like to say a big thank you our President for his generosity in sponsoring the special lunch from the Uncle Lim’s.

Hon Secretary

THE SIN CHEW EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS. L TO R: Mr Chen Yoke Lim - Deputy Executive Editor, Mr Kuik Cheng Kang - Editor-in-Chief, Datuk Pook Ah Lek - Editorial Advisor & Miss Hwn Yau Len - Executive Editor.
Godfrey Chang briefing the MOV to Sin Chew Editotial Board Members. L to R: Godfrey Chang, Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Mr President & Hon Sec.
LR: Lim Wai Fah, Godfrey Chang, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Pnglima (Dr) Goh Tian Chuan JP, Datuk Goh Seng Toh, Wong Ah Jit, Ng Joo Chay, Yong Yew Wei.

MACV Courtesy Call On HuaZong (The Federation Of Chinese Associations of Malaysia)
2 Sep 20
Malaysia Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) led by its President Brig Gen Datuk Goh Seng Toh RMAF (Retired) paid a Courtesy call on HuaZong President Tan Sri Datuk Seri Pnglima (Dr) Goh Tian Chuan JP on 28 Aug 20. The MACVs present were:-
Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Retired),Hon Secretary,
Maj Godfrey Chang (Retired),
Maj Lim Wai Fah RMAF (Retired) and
Maj Ng Joo Chay (Retired).

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Pnglima (Dr) Goh Tian Chuan JP was a former Assistant Superintendent of Sabah Police Special Branch. In his welcome speech, he says that he had great respect and concern for the welfare of Veterans, as they were his close counter parts during the past turbulence times of the country.

The experiences that he had gains in those period have help him greatly in his later business development. He stressed that it is important to instil patriotism in schools and cultivate programs to encourage Chinese Youth to joint the military and the police force. HuaZong Assistant Hon Secretary Mr Yong Yew Wei was present during the meeting.

During the meeting, Datuk Goh Seng Toh gave a brief account of MACVA activities for the past 4 years. MACVA hope to cooperate with various Chinese Association in Chinese Youth Recruitment and avenues of higher education in Universiti Pertahaanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM).

On the Memoirs of the Malaysian Armed Forces Veterans (MoV), MACVA took 3 years to produce the and achieved a sales of 4500 books. MACVA wish to translate and publish the MoV in Mandarin, as it is a very important historical document which records the contributions and sacrifices of Malaysian Chinese in protecting the peace and sovereignty of the nation.

MACVA have allocated a number of MoV's for Chinese Independent Schools and SMJK libraries. It's objectives is to instil patriotism among Chinese Youth and to remind them that they should always be vigilant and never take the peace that the country is bless with for granted.

Datuk Goh Seng Toh presented Tan Sri Datuk Seri Pnglima (Dr) Goh Tian Chuan JP with a copy of MoV and MACVA gift bag at the meeting. MACVA would like to express it sincere gratitudes to Tan Sri Datuk Seri Pnglima (Dr) Goh Tian Chuan JP and HuaZong for accommodating the meeting.

Maj Ng Joo Chay (Retired)

All present toast to a successful meeting and future collaborations.

Published by Sin Chew on 31 Aug 20.

Mohd Khairul receiving his new Honda 150cc from motorcycle supplier Cik Azlina in Alor Setar.

MACVA Present LK I Mohd Khairul Ismail With New Honda 150cc Motorcycle
18 Aug 20
LK I Mohd Khairul Ismail received his Honda 150cc motorcycle from the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Association (MACVA) in Alor Setar on 17 Aug 20. The new motorcycle costing RM8,900.00 was presented to him through motorcycle supplier Cik Azlina. Mohd Khairul had recently recovered from the injuries that he suffered during a fire tragedy where he lost his beloved wife and two children in Taiping early this year.

On 19 Jun 20, an entourage from MACVA visited Mohd Khairul at his parent house in Jerlun, Kedah. During the visit MACVA President Brig Gen Datuk Goh Seng Toh TUDM (Retired) presented a MACVA donation of RM20,000.00 to the Veteran. This motorcycle is to assist Mohd Khairul to travel when he start work. MACVA would like to express its sincere gratitudes to everyone who have contributed to make this noble effort possible. We would like to wish Mohd Khairul all the best in his future undertakings and a successful start to a new chapter of his life.

MACVA AND MPMA BROUGHT COMFORT TO LT COL SOMAN SULAIMAN (RETIRED) RRD

MACVA's Welfare outfit MACVA Patient Mobility Assistance (MPMA) lead by its Founder SSgt Richard Lye Wah transported a double crank hospital bed from the MPMA warehouse located at the Charity Food Basket Society Klang to Lt Col Soman Sulaiman's house at Taman Melwati at 1.30pm today 4 August 2020.

Lt Col Soman Sulaiman (Retired) is bedridden and looks after by his wife, Puan Noorlina. Col Soman's plight was made known to MACVA on Saturday 1 August 2020 by Maj Gen Datuk Toh Choon Siang (Retired) and requested MACVA to assist in providing a hospital bed from MPMA.

MACVA discussed the request with Richard Lye on Monday 3 August 2020. In the evening Richard Lye confirmed the hospital bed will be delivered to the house of Col Soman today Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 2.00pm. The speed (less than 24 hours) in getting the appropriate bed suitable for the use of Col Soman by MPMA for delivery is highly commendable. MACVA would like to thank Datuk Toh for his generosity in picking up the transportation cost from Klang to Taman Melawati.

MACVA would also like to thank Maj Lasahi Laiji and Capt Mohd Amiruddin Mohd Nor from the Infantry Directorate and Deputy Director JHEV Selangor & KL present at the house to assist the delivery and installation of the bed. Also present to lend the helping hands are former colleagues of Col Soman and MACVA members.

This is the second welfare assistance carried out by MACVA in a week for veterans who are non-MACVA members. The motorised wheelchair for OKU Veteran Perang Cpl Abu Bakar Bin Abdul Manan was carried out on Friday 31 July 2020 at Sekinchan, Selangor.

MACVA is very pleased to be able to assist JHEV in extending its welfare service to veterans of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

MACVA would like to extend a special thank you to the MPMA team headed by Richard Lye and Mr Chew Song Kong, Founder/President of the Charity Food Basket Society Klang who took time off from his busy schedule to personally drive the delivery van. Their commitment to the welfare of veterans is a shining example for us to emulate.

4 Aug 20
Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Retired)
Hon Secretary

DELIVERY AND INSTALLATION OF THE DOUBLE CRANK HOSPITAL BED FOR LT COL SOMAN SULAIMAN (RETIRED) RRD, TAMAN MELAWATI ON 4 AUG 2020

Fixing the double crank bed.
Hon Sec and Richard Lye.
MACVA members, MPMA Team, Pn Noorlina, Ranger Colleagues and Maj Lasahi Laiji.
The Rangers.
More Comfortable.

MALAYSIAN ARMED FORCES CHINESE VETERANS ASSOCIATION (MACVA) AND MACVA PATIENT MOBILITY ASSISTANCE (MPMA) BROUGHT JOY TO OKU PERANG KPL ABU BAKAR BIN ABDUL MANAN ON THE HARI RAYA HAJI DAY 31 JULY 2020 AT SEKINCHAN, SELANGOR

How it started
The appeal by OKU Perang Kpl Abu Bakar Bin Abdul Manan, 66 years old, for a wheelchair was picked up from the JHEV chatgp around April 2020. When contacted, Abu Bakar said he already received a normal wheelchair from JHEV. He needs an motorised wheelchair which is beyond his means with his small pension. The reason for a motorised wheelchair is that he has to undergo dialysis thrice(3X) a week and his wife who is suffering from knee problems is not able to assist him.

Background of Abu Bakar and the incident
Abu Bakar passed out from Recruit Training Centre in 1973 and posted to 13 RAMD. While attending the Recruit Cadre Course in the Regiment in 1974 he along with 24 others trainees were tasked to deploy immediately to be the cut off party following a contact. He was the leading scout. His Platoon Commander who was immediately behind him stepped on a land mine (booby trap) and Abu Bakar’s two legs were injured by the splinters. He pleaded with the doctor to save his right leg which was severely injured.

The doctor told him his right leg might suffer from gangrene in the later years and may have to be amputated. He took the risk. He retired in 1995 became a fisherman. His right leg began to have severe pain and he started taking the pain killer which eventually damaged his kidneys and had to undergo dialysis. In 2011, he underwent the amputation on his right leg due to the gangrene. The doctor had to carry out a couple of surgeries to finally stop the gangrene from spreading. His right leg left only 6 inches from the torso after the final amputation.

He was given an artificial limb but due to the shortness of the right leg after the amputation, the artificial limb caused discomfort and created blisters. His movement became very restrictive and he started to gain weight.

The hunt for a second hand motorised wheelchair
Abu Bakar requested not to pursue with the motorised wheelchair if it is too costly but was told that I will try my best to assists him. Help was I seek from SSgt Richard Lye of MPMA to source for a second hand motorised wheelchair. Luck was with us, in a short period of less than a week Richard Lye managed to find one few months old used motorised wheelchair which is in excellent condition.

A private donation drive was launched on 28 July 2020 to raise the fund to purchase the motorised wheelchair. A sum of RM5,400.00 was raised in four (4) days from caring MACVA members and their civilian friends. The sum was sufficient to purchase the second hand motorised wheelchair.

Delivery of the motorised wheelchair to Abu Bakar
We decided to give Abu Bakar a surprise by informing him that we are visiting him on the Hari Raya Haji Day 31 July 2020 without informing that his dream motorised wheelchair will be presented to him.

The journey to Sekinchan was quite eventful. We were in two vehicles, a van and a car. On the way to Kuala Selangor, we encounter a flash flood and only vehicle with two feet clearance was able to cross. The van managed to cross the flooded stretch but we had to detour which took nearly one extra hour to reach Sekinchan.

The joy of seeing an OKU Perang receiving his dream motorised wheelchair
Abu Bakar and family members were extremely happy to receive us. It was like meeting old friends. Abu Bakar told us about the visits by the RAMD senior officers including his Company Commander who became a Brig Gen. The caring visits took place in between the donation drive.

Abu Bakar and his family members were overwhelmed with joy when the motorised wheelchair was brought into the house. The family members were shown how to operate the motorised wheelchair by Mr Chew Song Kong, Founder/President of the Charity Food Basket Society Klang, Selangor.

The joy of seeing Abu Bakar trying out the motorised wheelchair was something we will always remember.

Abu Bakar was told the motorised wheelchair is the property of MPMA and is on loan to him for use. The motorised wheelchair is to be returned to MPMA when no more in use.

Appreciation
The President and all members of MACVA would like to extend our profound gratitude and ribuan terima kasih to the following people for making the dream of OKU Perang Abu Bakar a reality:
1. 34 donors (List attached)
2. Mr Chew Song Kong - Founder/President Charity Food Basket Society Klang, Selangor
3. Mrs Chew Song Kong
4. Maj David Chow Yun Kai - VP MACVA - Army
5. SSgt Richard Lye Wah - Founder member of MPMA
6. Maj Lee Siew Choy
7. Sgt Anthony Chong Choo Choy - MPMA
8. Mr Foo Choon Sing - MPMA

2 Aug 20
Lt Col Wong Ah Jit (Retired)
Hon Secretary

LIST OF DONORS
NO NAME
1. ANTHONY AU CHEE HOONG
2. ANTHONY YEAP HOCK CHAI
3. AZHAR LIN ABDULLAH
4. BALASUBRAMANIAM
5. CAROL LOO LEE FUM & JOHN SOON TET LEONG
6. CHAN HOCK BENG
7. CHEN KA KIM
8. CHEO YEW HOCK
9. DANNY LUM WENG KIT
10. DATO' HJ AFFEDY POH
11. DATO' HO CHIN CHAI
12. DAVID CHOW YUN KAI
13. DAVID LING HENG WOON
14. DR CHEN SEONG JOO
15. DR LEONG WENG FOON
16. GEORGE ONG CHOO SEONG
17. GODFREY CHANG
18. HAFIZ KHALIL
19. HASHIM SIM ABDULLAH
20. SSC INTAKE 26
21. MARY KOH
22. MD ALI BIN NAYAN
23. MIKE TEOH CHONG KOOI
24. NG JOO CHAY
25. PHUA HEAN SIM
26. IR RAYMOND GOH BOON PAH
27. PUI SENG TAI
28. TOMMY VOON LEONG GREGORY
29. TONG LYE HENG
30. TONY HO WENG KONG
31. UNGKU MOHD ARIS A. MAJID
32. WONG AH JIT
33. WONG SOON FOO
34. ZULKHAIRI A RAHMAN

Abu Bakar bin Abdul Manan on the motorised wheelchair.
MACVA & MPMA members.
A good health wish angpow.
Motorised wheelchair from MACVA.
WO I Nordin "Kutang" bin Omar (Rtd) collecting the wheelchair.

WHEELCHAIR DONATION TO ENCIK ALIAS BIN SABAN
17 Jun 20
MACVA Patient Mobility Assistance (MPMA) was informed by Chu Ee Sin on 102022H June 2020 regarding the health condition of Encik Alias bin Saban and his urgent requirement of a wheelchair. Encik Alias resides at No. 54, Kampong Rembang Panas, 72500 Juaseh, Negri Sembilan and was a former volunteer with Regiment 508 Territorial Army.

The information was initially alerted by WO I Nordin "Kutang" bin Omar (Rtd), fromerly 6th Royal Rangers. A wheelchair sponsored by Pang Hung Sin was collected on 12 Jun 20 by WO I Nordin from our MPMA centre and successfully delivered to Encik Alias on 16 Jun 2020. This small gesture shows great camaraderie and comradeship among fellow Veterans and kudos to the donor and all who have made the effort. It is one of MACVA objectives to render assistance its member Veterans who are in dire need of help. We also extend such assistance to other Veterans when the need arises. MACVA wishes Encik Alias good health and a speedy recovery.

Lim Wai Fah
Welface Committee Member

LtoR: Mary Koh, Datuk Goh Seng Toh, Mohd Khairul Ismail, Dato' Lee Kwang Lock, front;Khairul's son, En Ismail, Khairul's mother and Wong Ah Jit.

MEMBANTU VETERAN DITIMPA BENCANA
20 Jun 20
Rombongan Persatuan Veteran ATM Kaum Cina (MACVA) yang diketuai oleh Presiden Persatuan Brig Jen Datuk Goh Seng Toh TUDM (Bersara) telah melawat Veteran LK1 Mohd Khairul bin Ismail TLDM di Jerlun, Kedah pada petang Jumaat 19 Jun 20. Semasa lawatan tersebut, beliau telah menyampaikan kutipan derma sumbangan ahli-ahli MACVA, penderma-penderma Veteran dan sahabat-sahabat MACVA berjumlah RM20,000.00 kepada veteran tersebut.

Mohd Khairul telah kehilangan isteri dan dua orang anak beliau yang berumur 4 dan 5 tahun, semasa trajedi kebakaran rumahn beliau di Taiping pada awal tahun ini. Beliau sendiri juga mengalami kecederaan disebahagian besar badan dan kakinya semasa cuba menyelamatkan isteri and dua orang anak yang disayangi. Mohd Khairul baru saja pulih selepas hampir 3 bulan menerima rawatan. Pihak MACVA juga menghulurkan bantuan pekerjaan di Sungai Petani untuk Mohd Khairul serta memberikan kata kata rangsang untuk beliau meneruskan kehidupan yang baru.


慰問遭遇慘劇老兵
2020年6月20日
馬來西亞華裔退伍軍人協會會長拿督吳成都退伍空軍準將及理事,與19/6/2020(五)下午,從吉隆坡抵達吉打州亞羅士打縣尤崙區,登門拜訪及慰問慘遭不幸事故的莫哈默凱魯退伍海軍一等兵,並移交月前內部籌獲的兩萬元善款。

莫哈默凱魯位於太平甘文丁的住家,於24/3/2020 凌晨發生火災, 造成其懷孕太太及兩名兒女葬身火海; 凱魯與事發時成功救出一名兒子,唯本身卻被嚴重燒傷,醫療了三個月才康復。

本會也為凱魯在雙溪大年安排了一份工作,勉勵他勇敢面對未來的人生,重建生活。


ASSISTING VETERAN HIT BY TRAGEDY
20 Jun 20
On Friday noon of 19 June 20, an entourage from the Malaysian Armed Forces Chinese Veterans Association (MACVA) visited Veteran LK1 Mohd Khairul bin Ismail TLDM at Jerlun, Kedah. The group were led by MACVA President Brig Gen Datuk Goh Seng Toh TUDM (Retired), who presented a MACVA donation of RM20,000.00 to the Veteran. The donation was a contribution collection from the association members, friends and fellow Veterans.

Mohd Khairul was hit by tragedy early this year when he lost his beloved wife and 2 children aged 5 and 4 years old during a fire accident that destroyed his home in Taiping. He suffered serious burn to a large portion of his body and leg while trying to rescue his wife and 2 children during the fire. His wound had recently recovered after receiving medication for 3 months. MACVA managed to find him a job in Sg Petani and have also advised him to be strong and patient in starting his life anew. MACVA would like to express its sincere gratitudes to everyone who have donated and contributed to this noble effort.

MACVA entourage visiting Mohd Khairul Ismail at Jerlun, Kedah.
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