Remembering our past, teaching it right

Bronze statue depicting three men of 1 Malay manning a field mortar

We were at Bukit Chandu Memorial along Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore on Tuesday 14 Feb 2012, to attend a simple ceremony commemorating the fallen gallant warriors of 1 and 2 Federated Malay States Regt in the defense of Pasir Panjang Ridge and Bukit Chandu exactly 70 years earlier. The focal pointof the memorial is on 2nd Lt Adnan Saidi, who had demonstrated exemplary leadership and outstanding courage in the battle.

Lt Adnan, amongst 65 other men of 1 Malay, lost their lives on that brutal and bloody afternoon on that hill, known as ‘Point 226’. Never in the history of Malaysian Armed Forces, they lost so many men in one single battle.

Minister of Defense Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made time in his busy schedule attending the Singapore Airshow 2012 to visit the memorial, along with Deputy Defence Minister Dato’ Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad and Chief of Defence Forces Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli Mohd. Zin. It was the first time a Malaysian Cabinet minister paid homage to the fallen heroes, to remember their sacrifice on the remembrance day.

2nd Lt. Adnan Saidi

The Bukit Chandu Memorial, was was incorporated by the Singapore Government archives and is now under National Heritage Board of Singapore did extensive research, collated and collected a lot materials and artifacts from the battle of Pasir Panjang and Bukit Chandu. The remaining members of 1 and 2 Federated Malay States Regt was ordered to defend Bukit Chandu or ‘Point 226’. A centre piece is about 2nd Lt. Adnan Saidi and how he performed in battle and demonstrated outstanding courage and bravery, to the details on how he did close-quarters hand-to-hand combat when all the ammos ran out.

The report made by the Federal Government official news agency is reflective of the spirit to honour these fallen heroes:

Bernama report on the event

Bernama reported the fallen hero as “Ahmad Saidi”.

How does the Minister of Information, Communication and Culture Dato’ Seri Dr Rais Yahim Ph.D who is in charge of museums and antiquities, arts and culture and also the official Federal Government mouthpiece expect the younger and larger Malaysian populi to understand history when people under his own watch even fail at this?

Published in: on February 16, 2012 at 12:31  Comments (13)