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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

TAFSIR al-CHUARIAN – YOU GOT TO GIVE THE OTHER FELLOW.. HELL !!


Standing far right is aruah Skot Wan Mohd Ali, aruah Skot Lt Col Tahir who just passed away, aruah Skot Ramli Ismail and 6th from the right is aruah Skot Wan Jamil. Looking at him is Skot Zainal Bahrain. Squating 2nd from left is aruah Skot Supiansuri and aruah Skot Mej Zakaria Omar. Except for Skot Ramli Ismail aka Ramli Shotgun, all the above are part of the 6th Platoon, Skot 22 during Pre-OCTU in Sebatang Karah Camp.


Coming into Maharam, we received a sad news that Skot Lt Col Tahir RMR (R) or affectionally known among us as Tahiaq as he hailed from Kedah, after off and on fighting cancer, succumbed to his illness and telah kembali ke Rahmatullah peacefully at Hosp Sultan Ismail in Johor Bahru.. alFatihah. ‘Every soul will taste death. And We test you with evil and with good as trial; and to Us you will be returned’. Sadaqallahul ‘Azim. To whom it may concern : Say, "Indeed, the death from which you flee - indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do." Al Jumuah Ayat 8. So.. live and let die and when you've got a job to do, you got to do it well. You got to give the other fella.. HELL.

That should give you the adrenalin and it also reminds me of Squad 5 Instructor during when we were in the Royal Military College, Capt Tengku Ariffin (Dato; Rtd Mej Gen). He told us that it’s important to give a good start during lectures or a presentation by giving surprises so for us to get excited. He quoted somebody during a weapon course that was assigned and test on the GPMG. So that evening he draws the GPMG and prepares it on a stage for his test by covering it with a poncho. The next morning he walked to the stage in front of the class for his presentation and after the normal ritual, ‘Gentlemen.. I give you the.. GPMG’, and he pull off the poncho to expose it. The class roared into laughter when what they saw was an HBSLR instead of the GPMG. Someone may have sneaked in during the night and change the weapon and sabo him. The Instructer also told us how the word sabo (sabotage) came into being and who else that changed the wording sangka tak ku sangka, usik mengusik into sabo menyabo bawak bahagia if not Skot Zainal Bahrain. One of our own barack ballads while together during happy moments in Sebatang Karah Camp.

Lets now go into the subject. Ini ialah pertama kali yang saya post subject atas tajuk 'Tafsir al Chuarian' didalam website ini selain beberapa kali sebelum ini melalui emel sesama Skot 22. Jadi sesiapa yang baru didedahkan dengan tajuk diatas and before you jettison load whatever your rage and displeasure to please go and fly kite somewhere else. That tajuk is relevant when commenting or tazkirah on current issues. It’s like if you’re going for an Ops, you wear your battle drill and a mess kit for an agi idup agi ngirup during a Mess Night. But then tazkirah apa sekiranya saya bukan seorang ustaz malah jauh lagi dari dikatakan seorang ulamak? My friend, kita wajib mengetahui akan ilmu apalagi sekiranya semasa mengerja dan melaksanakan amal ibadat. Orang yang beribadat tanpa ilmu adalah sia sia tetapi orang yang berilmu, tidak pula dia mendapat hidayah terhadap ilmunya itu, bukanlah dianya dekat kepada Allah, malah lebih jauh lagi. Saya chat dengan Skot Lt Kol Mohd Fuad MP (B) yang baru sahaja pulang dari menunaikan haji mengenai doa semasa tawaf dipusingan ketujuh : Rabbi zidni ilman wa’alhiqni bis solihin. Ya Tuhan ku berikan aku ilmu pengetahuan dan masukkan aku kedalam golongan orang yang soleh. Lihat pula apa yang didoakan oleh Nabi Ibrahim a.s:
 
"Wahai Tuhanku, berikanlah daku ilmu pengetahuan agama, dan hubungkanlah daku dengan orang-orang yang soleh; Sadaqallahul 'Azim. Surah Asy-Syu'araa' Ayat 83.
 
Apa bezanya perkataan zidni ilman dan habli hukman dalam ayat itu? Itu dan perkara hukum hakam, pergilah tanya ustaz. Ada orang mempunyai ilmu tetapi tiada mendapat hidayah atau pertunjuk serta berhemah apalagi sekiranya tiada hikmah maka benarlah hadith dari Saidatina Aishah tersebut akan amalan mereka itu sebagai sia sia malah mungkin mengundang akan kemurkaan Allah SWT. Lets now go to the point : ‘Dan Tuhan kamu berfirman: "Berdoalah kamu kepadaKu nescaya Aku perkenankan doa permohonan kamu”. Surah Mukmin atau Ghaafir Ayat 60. Sekiranya diambil fahaman ayat Allah mengenai doa itu dari satu sudut sahaja maka akan KO dan bahanalah orang yang didoa itu kerana ‘nescaya Allah perkenankan doa’. Akan tetapi lihat pula mafhum ayat ini : Dan apabila hamba-hambaKu bertanya kepadamu mengenai Aku maka (beritahu kepada mereka): sesungguhnya Aku (Allah) sentiasa hampir (kepada mereka); Aku perkenankan permohonan orang yang berdoa apabila ia berdoa kepadaKu. Maka hendaklah mereka menyahut seruanku (dengan mematuhi perintahKu), dan hendaklah mereka beriman kepadaKu supaya mereka menjadi baik serta betul. Sadaqallahul ‘Azim. Surah al Baqarah Ayat 186. Perhatikan dengan telita akan saranan dan perintah Allah diakhir ayat tersebut. Ada didalam al Quran yang Allah perintahkan untuk kita memaki hamun, menghasut kepada bercerai berai dan bermusuhan sesama Islam?
 
Takkanlah perkara untuk ingat mengingati dan memberi tahu akan perkara seperti ini pun mesti kena jadi ustaz atau mesti dipanggil ulamak? "Berdoalah kepada Tuhan kamu dengan merendah diri dan (dengan suara) perlahan-lahan. Sesungguhnya Allah tidak suka kepada orang-orang yang melampaui batas", 7:55 atau “Dan sebutlah serta ingatlah akan Tuhanmu dalam hatimu, dengan merendah diri serta dengan perasaan takut (melanggar perintahnya), dan dengan tidak pula menyaringkan suara, pada waktu pagi dan petang dan janganlah engkau menjadi dari orang-orang yang lalai”. Surah al A’raaf Ayat 205. Sebaliknya nak suruh bertakbir pun menjerit macam orang gila. Did I mentioned before that you can almost certainly recoqnised those merchant of religion.
 
 
 
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. Serulah ke jalan Tuhanmu (wahai Muhammad) dengan hikmat kebijaksanaan dan nasihat pengajaran yang baik, dan berbahaslah dengan mereka (yang engkau serukan itu) dengan cara yang lebih baik; sesungguhnya Tuhanmu Dia lah jua yang lebih mengetahui akan orang yang sesat dari jalanNya, dan Dia lah jua yang lebih mengetahui akan orang-orang yang mendapat hidayah petunjuk. Saqallahul ‘Azim. Surah an Nahl ayat 125.
 
Alhamdulillah, Skot Mahmood Arshad (Lt Col, Wataniah) after about two weeks being plague by HIN1 is now recuperating and is out of ICU. Lets pray and wish him jumping again. On the other hand, the last time I spoke to aruah Skot Tahir, he asked me of any progress on the pay anomaly. I told him, “harapan tetap ada dan kenalah kita seia sekata”. But honestly I’m sad that what supposed to be a simple approach and a straight forward consideraton was sabotaged by our own kind and betrayed it. "Et Tu, Brute?". Apa pun InsyaAllah, kalau tak dapat menafaatnya didunia ini mungkin kita akan dapat balasan baik dari pengorbanan yang telah kita sumbangkan itu diakhirat nanti. When I got the news from Skot Mej Mokhtar Rjr (B) that Skot Tahir was already very critically ill a day before his demised, I contacted Skot Mej Shariman RMR (R) who coincidently was on his way to JB in preparation for his surgery next month and requested him to go and visit Skot aruah Tahir which he did together with Skot Mej Adzenan Maun RMR (R) and to convey my salam. The SMS was also sent to those in JB including to Skot Ahmad Mohd Nor Rjr (R) or Mat Pilot who works at Pasir Gudang. Called him just few days after the burial and he said that he was in Kluang and will be back the day after to visit aruah Tahir. He stunt when I said, “Engkau nak melawat apa..? dah selamat dikebumikan. Lain kali kalau aku suruh.. terus sahaja pergi”. Bertuah punya Skot.
 
Ironically I met Skot Mat Pilot after coming back from the Raudah at Masjidil Nabawi in the wee hour of the morning when we both performed the Haj last year. Dia terus memeluk saya serta menyatakan kesedihannya yang teramat sangat dengan memaklumkan bahawa Skot Mej Zakaria Omar RMR dah meninggalkan kita dan tidak dapat bertemu dengan aruah. “Memanglah aku tahu. Aku melawat dan solat jenazah dia sehari sebelum aku sampai disini”. Skot Zainal Bahrain pula menyatakan yang dia ada terima SMS mengenai kematian Skot Tahir. “Aku tengok depa hantaq message ada tulis number Tahir, yang hujungnya 1331. Nombor aku 1341.. kira kira sepuloh orang lagilah (sampai giliran dia)”. I jawab, “Hang 1341.. aku lagi dekat, 1338”. “Hang tak pa lah Nal, Hang dah complete”, (probably refering to that I’ve done the Haj and things like that). I then told him politely, selagi kita didalam golongan Musliminawal Muslimat wal Mukmininawal Mukminat, wajid didoakan akan keampunan, keselamatan dan kesejahteraannya dan sama samalah kita mengharap akan Rahmat Allah SWT kerana syurga itu lantaran dari RahmatNya.
 
Wassalam,
 
Z
Kg Chuar (pronounced Chuor), Kati,
Kuala Kangsar. Perak Darul Ridzuan.
 




Plate K in JB. Skot aruah Lt Kol Tahir and Skot Mej Kasmuri Abas KPD (B). Inset is Skot Mej Mokhtar Rjr and Skot Mej Adzenan Maun
Capt Tengku Ariffin 2nd from the left, during a Mess Night semasa diMaktab Tentera Diraja
With ‘370313’ Skot Ahmad Mohd Noor. No Regt Air Force. Maka itulah dia di-panggil Mat Pilot
Skot Lt Col (Wataniah) Mahmood Arshad while in ICU at Kajang Hospital
Isteri dan anak Skot Mahmood menunggu suami dan bapa tersayang. Sebelah ialah Maulana Skot Mej Sanusi Hashim Ord (R)
Bersama Skot Khalilul Arty, Rashid PAS, Shariman, Mansor Mahadi TUDM dan Chong Ah Watt TUDM selepas solat jenazah aruah Skot Zakaria Omar diMasjid Subang Jaya
Compare them then. Standing from right : Zainal, Zainal Bahrain and squating from the left : Mansor Mahadi, Rashid PAS, Malik, Chong Ah Watt and Mahmood Arshad. Qualified for Pre-OCTU training during the interview at PD Garrisson in 1972. The highest ranking among the above is Fazlurrahman budak Setiawan, standing 4th from the right, Dato' dua bintang. Orang Perak yang lain tu, semuanya bintang banyak.. bulan satu (ala emak kahwinkan aku) atau pun selangit dua bintang (seringgit dua kupang). Entah entah sekupang tige pun tak laku.. kata orang Parit. Buat riuh boleh le. Cheers Skot!!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

In the Lion’s Den

Morning first parade task. On the extreme background is one of the 3 tonnes that was ambushed by the Communist Terrorist in Gubir. It was riddled with bullets and gaping holes, fired from grenade launchers

It was five minutes to 8pm or 2000Hrs and drizzling while I got stuck at the traffic light junction going towards FELDA’s Dewan Perdana to attend the Retired Armed Forces Officers’ Club or RAFOC's dinner last Saturday 3rd Nov 2012. A day before Lt Col Ramli Kinta KPD (R) as he is one of the committees, sent a friendly reminder so to be at the dewan or hall by 2000Hrs. Knowing there will be dignitaries attending the function and though it has been umpty years or 34 years to be precise that I left the service however the drill and indoctrination that has been instilled and inspired in me as a soldier, suddenly that funny familiar panicky feelings come creeping and the consequences that I am now going to be late !! Agi idup agi ngelabah.

Few days before I contacted the Defence Minister’s office to know the status of an appointment meeting with the Minister in regards to the pay anomaly and it was then that I was informed that he will also be attending that function at 2030Hrs. The long traffic queue and waiting for the red light turning to green seems to be forever however I was already in the dewan long before the Minister's arrival though I got to plough and sleepwalk through those ex-high ranking Panglimas waiting at the lobby to welcome him.



If not for that I was in the company of those ex-KPD officers in a same table and as it’s also the first of such events that I have attended, I must say that I was somewhat at lost and unfamiliar with the majority of those that were in the dewan except recoqnising some very high ranking officers during my heyday in the army. I must be one of the senior most veterans in terms of leaving the service at a very much earlier i.e. in 1978. During a conversation with Lt Col Arham KPD (B) best Cadets and recipient of the sword of honour of Regular 14, I told him and considering the occasion that one of the reasons I left the service is also that’s there was not enough war to go around with. I don't think there were much activities in terms of operations after the Communist laid their arms just few years after I left. The highest ranking in KP or Malaysia Service Corp then was a full Colonel while opportunities and positions for promotions were stagnant or just none at all. So why build a dream that cannot come through.

When I resigned my commission and though it was considered bold and a brave move to choose but  it was also like a self imposed sentence to misery and to shed away some of your pride and honour of an officer. With no recognition, alone in the civvy street, I was left in the lurch with no one to turn to. Alhamdulillah through the ups and downs I can now peacefully say to be successful in my own way and presumed those in attendance that evening are also those lucky ones enjoying the success of their career with the ATM. Laid back and enjoying life with handsome pensions as high ranking officers and some are also successful in their business. However there could be that there are hundreds of others not so lucky mark time brother officers that are out there that I can imagine of their reason to shy away from attending such function, let alone to be a member of RAFOC. Hope they do not go through the harrowing experience I endured as now it's their turn of trial and tribulation in life in an unfamiliar situation.The word Club can be too reserve and exclusively social and it's no wonder that during that occasion it was announced that it was substituted to 'Association' probably to reflect the more important welfare and sense of belonging to its entity

I was happy and pleased when Mej Bhagat Ram Thailoo KPD (R) came by to our table. He was the MTO a Capt, when we were together in 20 Transport Company in 6th Brigade in Sungai Petani in the 70's. The AO then was Capt H.A Rahman anEx-Singapore Infantry Regiment (SIR). Both were very senior Captain for reason that there was no post for promotion and there were also many others in waiting. I asked Mej Bhagat, “tuan, can you endorse my statement that I am the only Second Lieutenant in the entire MSC.. now and then, commanding a Platoon that got ambushed by the Communist Terrorist and had his man killed and of course you were the only MTO to have that misfortune privilege”. He responded and told those around him and while pointing at me and said, “he was the fittest convoy commander”. That complimentary remark may not mean anything to those officers in KPD now as they do not go through the hardship and experience during those yester years.

Following is a caption of what I wrote in the subject, Whatever happened to Baton One in regards to that incident : ‘On the 7th of April 1975, that was exactly a year ago during a battalion roulement between 13 MTA and the 7th Ranger Regiment, returning back from Mong (or Nong) Gajah towards Gubir, two of the three vehicles in a convoy carrying a Platoon from the 7th Ranger Regt with Skot Syed Ikmal Hashim, as the Platoon Commander was ambushed, killing over half a dozen soldiers including one of my drivers, Pemandu Hussain from C Platoon, 20 Transport Coy. However I am proud to say that this transport unit has been the most combatant during that time where I was the Platoon Commander.

The Ferret scout car escorting from the rear, raced towards the ambushed zone was however disabled with its gun and radio antennae destroyed. Miraculously a bullet from the enemy fires went through the barrel of the armored car’s Browning machine gun. It was a tense and dramatic moment when the daring enemy, a woman bandit came down from the slope of the road cutting and trying to finish off those soldiers with some already wounded that went for cover under the vehicles and just then when the Ferret arrived. Both trucks stop along side each other, probably in certain sense provided wider shelter for the soldiers. One of the Rangers died in an assaulting position still clutching on to his weapon which has the empty casing stuck to its chamber. The few seconds needed to do the TSM may have cost his life.

Three days later in pursuit of the above incident, when 6th Brigade was just about to mount a major Ops, the Brigade Intelligence Officer, Capt Hardev Singh, leads an advance party in a Land Rover, followed with convoy of trucks carrying a company from the 17 RMR. Hardly just few miles further up Gubir camp, the advance column was ambushed killing him and several soldiers including the Corporal of the armoured scout car. Two of the 20 Transport Coy drivers were shot and seriously wounded however survived. Pathetic, and just about everything went wrong for the 17 RAMD Coy including reason for the Brigade IO to be there. Already seriously wounded he can only afford to verbally challenge the bandits before they gained control over him. It was a rampage and among other things the enemy took off with them were some weapons and a radio signal set and as such every set of that model has got to be re-crystallized. So having suffered with all those tragic loses, it was time to retaliate or at least get even’.

Last Monday I bumped into En. Hamari who was a L/Cpl in charged of a section of the 20 Tpt Coy’s convoy that was hit in the second MT ambush. Please watch his accounts during that incident that was eventually cleared till late night. In the first ambush it was relates that a Ranger’ Heckler & Koch, HK33 weapon got stoppages and before the convoy move from camp Gubir with the 17 Malay Regiment troops in the second incident, they were instructed to test fire the flawed HK33 by the roadside into the jungle. However just about four miles from Gubir camp and going into the balak track, they were mercilessly ambushed. I spoke to Mej Ali Hamzah KPD (R) who was the A Platoon Commander of 20 Tpt Coy where his men was involved in the second ambush. Among others, he mentioned that the late Capt Hardev was riddled with bullets from chest.. down to his feets. There was also a hush of that time that the HK33 incident had implicated a high ranking army officer that eventually led to his dismissal. God knows.


 
That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds. Sadaqallahul ‘Azim. Surah Muhamad Ayat 4. 

Back on the RAFOC's dinner and as it was not in the program, I felt a bit awkward when the Club’s Tan Sri President offers a toast however was not served with a decanter but from a mini mineral water bottle and a teh tarik glass. The etiquette as I learn and experienced years ago during Mess Night a customary, God's forbid that have long been forgotten. A bit disappointed as shouldn’t it be more appropriate if they can also offer the al Fatihah and a short prayers in remembrance of our fallen heroes and those that have passed away? To top it all and even the Minangkabau decendant's Arham grumbled when an over excited TUDM Dato' Pencen sang Ayam Den Lapeh. 'Orang Perak nyanyi lagu Minang..", was his remark. Well, I’m not even the Club's member anyway.

The KPD Family: Lt Col Ramli Kinta, Lt Col Arham, Mej Radzuan, Lt Col Zainuddin Buyung and Lt Col Che Dan at RAFOC's Dinner

 L/Cpl Hamari (left) resting and awaiting instruction at camp Gubir just before the 2nd MT Ambush by the Communist Terrorist in 1975

 Hamari at extreme right, in charged of the AD Crew while with 8 Air Despatch unit in Labuan

Saudara Hamari, Ex 20 Transport Coy's personnel as he is now.

Capt Ali Hamzah as parade commander

 The young Second Lieutenant Ali Hamzah pointing at the gaping hole fired from a grenade launcher at the 3 tonnel involved in the first MT ambush by the Communist Terrorist that killed the driver Pmd Hussain and six others from the 7 Ranger Regt. See the laminated windscreen rolled down riddled with bullets holes.

A Ferret scout car. The front flap that the Recce's Corporal tried to close but was shot and was killed by the enemy



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