Appreciate heroes of the country - ex-Ranger
Last Update: 27/08/2019
KOTA BHARU, Aug 27 -- Race was never an issue in the fight against the communist insurgents, said Major (R) Mohamad Ibrahim, relating his experience in defending the nation from the threats of the communist all those years ago.
Speaking to Bernama, Mohamad Ibrahim, who served for four years in the 8th Ranger Battalion of the Royal Ranger Regiment in Ipoh said that he was involved in four operations there, and what mattered at that time was just defeating the communists.
“There was never the feeling that you were Chinese, you were Indian or others.
“My platoon was made up of all races, Malay, Chinese, Indian, Iban, Dayak, Orang Asli Senoi Prak but as rangers, we were all the same and we protected and loved each other,” he said.
The 65-year-old veteran said that he could still clearly remember his first operation in Hutan Melintang, Perak, when he was suddenly ordered to take charge of the operation when his superior, platoon chief Major Wong See Nam fainted after being shot in the abdomen.
“In the army, that was the final command. Major Wong managed to say ‘Mat, take over command’ before losing consciousness, so I took over as platoon chief,” he told Bernama when met at his house in Kampung Baung Pengkalan Chepa here.
The father of seven children said in that operation, he had to lead his platoon into battle against a group of communist insurgents led by left-wing reformist Shamsiah Fakeh, which was the strongest communist group at that time.
“Our platoon was called Combat Intelligence Section Unit with the strength of 36 rangers. At that time I was the second lieutenant and had Kanang (the late Datuk Kanang Anak Langkau) in my team.
“During the battle, we only thought about the communists as enemies of the state and they needed to be eliminated. So that is why during the battle, we did not think of anything else. Although in that particular operation only one communist was killed, it was still a victory for us in reducing their number,” he said.
Mohamad said he was grateful that there were no fatalities in that operation and that Major Wong and a few other rangers who sustained injuries were later taken out of the jungle.
“So, do not simply say hurtful things about us who had fought deep in the jungle and bled for this country in order to ensure security for the rest of the citizens. Just appreciate that the peace and prosperity enjoyed now are due to the sacrifices of our heroes in uniform,” he said.