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Right Royal Salute to 42 commendable years of service

by Adrian David

PUTRAJAYA, 21 DEC – They served a commendable four decades for the king, nation and people before taking an honourable bow upon compulsory retirement.

These were the combined ‘Intake 43’ (men) and ‘Intake 3’ (women) short-service commissioned cadet officers from the Armed Forces tri-services (army, navy and air force) – a majority of whom attained the age of 60 years.

Hence, their momentous 42nd reunion at the Putrajaya Lake Club brought back fond memories from the time they enlisted at the former Officer Cadet School in Segenting Camp (better known as Sebatang Karah camp) to commemorate the entry of 167 cadets into the Armed Forces on Dec 1, 1981 as young servicemen and women – many of whom blossomed into generals and colonels.

These were the men and women who had boldly put their best feet forward to serve the nation in the various branches and corps of the army, navy and air force at the height of the communist terrorist insurgency in the 1980s and other external enemy threats thereafter.

The combined ‘Intake 43’ (men) and ‘Intake 3’ (women) short-service commissioned cadet officers from the Armed Forces tri-services at their 42nd reunion at a photo-call in front of the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya.

Hence, the squadmates of the combined short-service commission ‘Intake 43’ (army and air force men), ‘Intake W3’ (army women) and ‘Intake 26’ Royal Malaysian Navy cadets went down memory lane to reminisce their good old days.

Reunion organising chairman Col (Rtd) Abdul Kadir Mohd Ali and secretary Major (Rtd) Shamsuddin Ismail had their hands full during the brunch reunion.

Kadir said the reunion was all the more nostalgic as it was held overlooking the scenic federal administrative capital of Putrajaya.

“Most of our previous reunions were in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and even one at our alma mater Sebatang Karah last year.

“Many of us can still recall how we ate, played, slept, trained and fought battles together locally and abroad when serving in the various corps, regiments and units,” said Kadir.

Lieutenant-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Hasagaya Abdullah and Major-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Suriakala Suriabagavan cutting the symbolic reunion cakes at the combined ‘Intake 43’ (men) and ‘Intake 3’ (women) short-service commissioned cadet officers from the Armed Forces tri-services, at their 42nd reunion at the Putrajaya Lake Club.

The Sebatang Karah camp has since been transformed into the Army Graduate Officers Training Centre and Armour Training Centre.

Kadir added that some of the coursemates had opted for early retirement, while a good number continued as regular-service officers until compulsory retirement.

One of the handful to ‘check out’ last month was Malaysian National Defence University vice-chancellor Lieutenant-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Hasagaya Abdullah, who had previously served as Army deputy chief and the most senior ranking among his coursemates.

“It has been a long journey for all of us to renew our acquaintances after four decades.

“It was also a good occasion to wish each other Merry Christmas and a ‘Happy New Year 2024’,” said Kadir, the former Army Western Field Command Signals director.

The other prominent coursemates were former Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters Logistics Department assistant chief-of-staff Major-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Mohd Tamam Jamioon, former Armed Forces Headquarters Human Resource Department deputy assistant chief-of-staff Major-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Suriakala Suriabagavan, former Army 3rd Division artillery commander Brig-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Noor Sazali Puteh, former Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) operations centre chief-of-staff Brig-Gen (Rtd) Datuk Paduka Azhar Tahir, former National Security Council’s National Operation Management Centre director Brig-Gen (Rtd) Nazaruddin Nazir, former Malaysian Armed Forces Strategic Communications Regiment commanding officer Col (Rtd) Izhar Zakaria, former Malaysian Armed Forces Provost Marshal’s Branch planning director Col (Rtd) Abdul Nazar Abdul Hamid, former Royal Military Police Corps criminal investigation director Col (Rtd) Huzaire Jantan and businessmen Capt (Rtd) Datuk Taufik Mohd Akhir and Octagon Maju Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Capt (Rtd) Datuk Azme Dollah.

Azme described his coursemates as a close-knit family who always had the hearts of their less fortunate brothers and sisters in mind.

“I pray that we remain hale and hearty to continue reuniting for a good many more years to come.

“A good number extended their short-service commissions to become regular-service officers and we thank the Armed Forces for grooming us into credible citizens.

“Many others have successfully ventured into other vocations upon completion of their short-service commissions, in their second careers,” said Azme.

The combined ‘Intake 43’ (men) and ‘Intake 3’ (women) short-service commissioned cadet officers from the Armed Forces tri-services at their 42nd reunion brunch at the Putrajaya Lake Club.

He cited Major (Rtd) Azman Md Ali as a fine example in the corporate world as the CIMB Bank Berhad’s regional security director.

Meanwhile, Hasagaya explained that of the 167 coursemates, 111 were from the Army, 16 from the Royal Malaysian Air Force and 27 from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), who trained alongside 22 women (all from the Army).

“After three months, the naval cadets continued their training at KD Pelanduk at the RMN base in Lumut, Perak.

“Similarly, RMAF cadet pilots later continued their flying training at the RMAF Base in Alor Star, Kedah, while others served in various RMAF units.

“A handful are still serving airlines as commercial pilots,” said Hasagaya.

At the reunion, they ‘passed the hat around’ to collect a cash contribution to alleviate the needs of their coursemate Capt (Rtd) Salihuddin Razali, who is suffering a heart ailment.

Hasagaya and Suriakala, each representing the men and women officers, then cut symbolic reunion cakes to culminate the occasion. – airtimes.my

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