In our books, 14 February is not a celebration of lovers. It is a day to remember the seven Malay officers and 146 men of 1st Malay Brigade who gave the ultimate sacrifice at Point 226 of the Pasir Panjang Defense Line on the Kent Ridge, Singapore, commonly known as Bukit Chandu.
These untested warriors stood and held on the line. They have shown unsurpassed loyalty to undertake instructions and demonstrated outstanding fighting capabilities within three days of battles. The British High Command described them as ‘uncommon valours’. Theee Federated Malay Regiment warriors sacredly upheld their motto ‘Taat Setia’
They upheld to the letter of the legacy that the Malays are great and extraordinary brave warriors and very loyal to their leaders.
Today, we remember them. Malaysians should remember these men who started as members of experimental platoon in 1933 were formed into 1st Federated Malay Regiment in November 1938 and 2nd Federated Malay Regiment formed in March 1941, are now being represented by 25 different battalions of the Royal Malay Regiment.
Last year, Defence Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made a historic visit to Bukit Chandu Memorial on the 70th anniversary of the battle. We at BigDogDotCom reiterated our suggestion that Port Dickson be re-named Pengkalan Adnan, the leader of the bravest Royal Malay Regiment combat unit, as the nation’s validation to the contribution of the men and women of the Malaysian Armed Forces. On 1 March, the Army celebrate its 80th anniversary.
His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Ibni Sultan Badlishah as Sultan Kedah is the Royal Malay Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief.
A special tahlil would be held this evening at the mosque in Wardieburn Camp, Jalan Genting-Klang, Setapak. May Allah s.w.t. bless all the fallen uncommon valours, from this day 71 years ago and throughout all armed conflict and other engagements members of the ATM have committed themselves in upholding the principles on behalf of the nation.