Antara ‘Ikhlas’ dan ‘Ikhlas Paksa’

PROLOG

Terasa kaku jari jemari mengetuk papan kekunci, terasa beku minda mencari kata-kata supaya “gigi lebih lembut dari lidah”. Tapi apakan daya keadaan tidak mengizinkan saya terus membisu memendam rasa. Aaahhh, mana mungkin saya membiarkan diri ini dijangkiti sindrom tiga ekor monyet: ada mata tapi enggan melihat, ada telinga tapi enggan mendengar, ada mulut tapi takut besuara.

Aduhai, ingin saja rasanya membiarkan bara ini marak menjadi api, membakar titi hingga menjadi arang, abu dan debu. Tapi….

Apa pun, sekiranya luahan ini menyinggung perasaan Tuan/Puan yang dihormati, maafkanlah saya kerana tak pandai menyalut “Quinine” dengan “Gula”.

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Susulan dari posting bertajuk “KD Malaya – 1968″ yang dimuat naik pada jam 11.23 pagi 24 Februari 2015, saya menerima kiriman emel yang dihantar oleh “Kaki dan Tangan” PUSMAS bernama “Oleh: Jawatan:” tepat jam 1.51 tengahari atau 2 jam 28 minit selepas posting tersebut berlegar di alam siber.

Emel PUSMAS 22

“Salam Pak Ali. Dimajukan gambar RMN Woodland”…..itulah mesej yang mengiringi ENAM (6) keping gambar, kiriman “ikhsan” dan “ikhlas” dari PUSMAS yang mana EMPAT (4) darinya berasal dari saya – Admin Utuh Paloi Banjar Blog.

Bagaimana saya tahu origin gambar yang dimaksudkan?

Oleh kerana majoriti gambar yang saya sumbangkan kepada PUSMAS adalah dalam resolusi tinggi dan extremely huge file, maka tak mungkin ianya dapat dihantar atau diterima melalui emel. Justeru, saya upload dalam Thumbdrive untuk PUSMAS download ke dalam komputer. Untuk memudahkan warga PUSMAS mengetahui cerita disebalik gambar, saya asingkannya mengikut kategori berserta penjelasan/butiran (caption) tentang lokasi/peristiwa yang berkaitan.

Untuk pengetahuan Tuan/Puan bernama “Oleh: Jawatan:”, saya mengambil masa lebih DUA PULUH (20) jam memilih – dari ribuan keping gambar yang ada dalam simpanan saya – mengkategorikan dan menyediakan pernyataan ringkas dengan tujuan supaya warga Pusat Sumber Maritim dan Sejarah (PUSMAS) khususnya dan warga Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM) umumnya dapat sekelumit imbauan sejarah moyang mereka – Malayan Naval Force, Royal Malayan Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy, KD Malaya, KD Sri Rejang, KD Sri Labuan, KD Sri Tawau dan kapal-kapal era kami yang sebahagian darinya tidak layak dikategorikan sebagai kapal perang.

Ye, itulah kenyataannya wahai Tuan/Puan bernama “Oleh: Jawatan:”. Empat (4) dari Enam (6) keping gambar yang dikirimkan quote “Salam Pak Ali. Dimajukan gambar RMN Woodland” adalah milik saya.  Tapi, kenapa Tuan/Puan kirimkan balik kepada saya?

Kalaulah saya dalam kedudukan Tuan/Puan sekarang, saya akan masuk ke bilik air, renung wajah di cermin, dan jeritkan sekuat hati ayat ini “Why am I so bloody ignorant?”

Ye, itulah yang akan saya lakukan kerana so bloody ignorant.

Ye, itulah kenyataannya……TIGA (3) keping high resolution, and captioned pictures carrying identification number 071, 072 dan 074 yang Tuan/Puan kirimkan melalui emel adalah dari koleksi pemilik blog ini yang diberikan kepada PUSMAS setahun yang lalu manakala gambar KD Malaya dengan bingkai hitam (black frame) adalah gambar yang di download many years ago oleh PUSMAS dari Utuh Paloi Banjar Blog.

Tuan/Puan “Oleh: Jawatan:”,

Lima (5) dari Enam (6) keping gambar yang Tuan/Puan kirimkan tidak diperlukan oleh UPBB kerana koleksi gambar yang ada dalam simpanan saya  masih tersimpan rapi, bersama ribuan koleksi gambar berkaitan RMN Woodlands, dalam dua external storage – 1TB Western Digital Hard Disk dan 32GB Kingston Thumbdrive.

Apa yang saya perlukan dari PUSMAS hanya sekeping high resolution picture not smaller than  6 Mbsa bird’s eye view of KD Malaya similar to the one that appeared in the coffee-table book Brown to Blue, but without the overlaid (overlapping) image of the CNS.

(Saya telah jelaskan kepada Pengarah PUSMAS kenapa saya memerlukan Very High Resolution picture pada hari yang sama emel Tuan/Puan diterima).

Tapi, sekiranya gambar aerial view of KD Malaya 1968 (atau aerial view of HMMS Malaya 1952 seperti yang Tuan/Puan sebutkan dalam emel) masih belum diturun taraf dari SECRET kepada TERBUKA seperti mana fail-fail yang sedang mengeram di dalam stor Arkib Negara Malaysia, then I have to beg for forgiveness for requesting the impossible.

Tapi, sekiranya gambar tersebut tidak tergolong dalam kategori SECRET, maka sudi apalah kiranya mengemel gambar yang dimaksudkan dalam resolusi tinggi (>>6 Mbs) untuk menggantikan gambar yang Tuan/Puan emel di bawah ini.

Aerial View of HMMS MALAYA, 1952

Aerial view of HMMS Malaya 1952 ???  (Image Dimension 536 x 348 – File Size 109 Kb)

Sekiranya Tuan/Puan masih belum mahir memunafaatkan aset mesin pengimbas (SOHO) yang membolehkan imej diimbas  sehingga >>70Mbs, jangan segan bertanya. Insyaallah, saya tidak keberatan membantu dengan harapan supaya tidaklah nantinya terungkap pepatah “Tak pandai menari dikatakan lantai jongkang-jongkit”.

NOTE: Hujung dekad 80an dan awal dekad 90an di mana Video Graphics Array (VGA) dan Enhanced Graphics Adaptor (EGA) mula digunakan untuk mempamer gambar (interface) dalam Monochrome (Hitam/Putih) Display, dan MagneticTapes/Floppy Discs digunakan untuk menyimpan data (storage), maka imej sebesar 109Kb memang sudah cukup besar.

Tapi, pada zaman di mana High Definition (HD) dan Three Dimensional (3D) Images, dengan storage devices (Hard Discs) sudah menjangkau ke angka Terabytes (Tbs) maka fail sebesar 109Kb boleh diumpamakan sebagai sebiji kacang tengik dalam timbunan buah-buahan di hutan di mana monyet dan kera yang sedang kelaparan pun tak dapat melihat atau tak sudi menjamah.

EPILOG

Semoga luahan di atas dapat merungkai maksud  yang dijadikan tajuk nukilan ini “Antara Ikhlas dan Ikhlas Paksa”.

Ye, di mana letaknya keikhlasan kalau tiada tindakan susulan kepada emel di bawah ini ?

Emel kepada PUSMAS yang mana status penerimaannya masih di awang-awang – fell on deaf ears ?

AV122

 

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Advice From An Old Man

Received this via email – a fatherly advice to his children. 

My dear children,

I am writing this to you because:

1. Life, fortune and mishaps are unpredictable – nobody knows how long one lives. Some words are better said early.

2. I am your father, and if I don’t tell you these, no one else will.

3. This narration is from my own personal bitter-sweet experiences that perhaps could save you a lot of unnecessary heartaches.

As you go through life, please remember the following:-

I). You honour your words, but don’t expect others to be so. You can be good to people, but don’t expect people to be good to you. If you don’t understand this, you would end up with unnecessary heartaches.

II). No one is indispensable – nothing is. There is nothing in the world that you must possess.

Once you understand this, it would be easier for you to go through life when people around you don’t want you anymore, or when you lose what and who you love most.

III). Do not bear grudge towards those who are not good to you. No one has the responsibility of treating you well, except your mother and father.

To those who are good to you, you have to treasure it and be thankful, and ALSO you have to be cautious, because, everyone has a motive for every move. When a person is good to you, it does not mean he really likes you. You have to be careful. Don’t hastily regard him as a real friend.

IV). Love is but a transient feeling, and this feeling would fade with time and with one’s mood. If your so called loved one leaves you, be patient, time will wash away your aches and sadness.

Don’t over exaggerate the beauty and sweetness of love, and don’t over exaggerate the pain and sadness of falling out of love.

V). Life is short.

When you waste your life today, tomorrow you would find that life is leaving you. The earlier you treasure your life, the better you enjoy life.

VI). Many successful people did not receive a good education. That does not mean that you can be successful by not studying hard! Whatever knowledge you gain is your weapon in life.

One can go from rags to riches, but one has to start from some rags!

VII). I do not expect you to financially support me when I am old, neither would I financially support you, your whole life. My responsibility as a supporter ends when you are grown up. After that, you decide whether you want to travel in a public transport or in your limousine, whether rich or poor.

VIII). I have bought lotteries before, but I could never strike any prize. That shows if you want to be rich, you have to work hard! There is no free lunch!

IX). No matter how much time I have with you, let’s treasure the time we have together. We do not know if we would meet again in our next life.

Love,

Your  Old Man

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KD Malaya – 1968

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Tujuan me-reblog posting yang pertama kali dimuat-naik pada 26 Ogos 2010 ialah kerana teringatkan permintaan UPBB yang diajukan sekitar jam 1430 hari Khamis 12 Februari 2015 kepada “Pemegang Mohor” koleksi gambar TLDM mula belajar bertatih.

Tujuan UPBB meminta belas ikhsan disebabkan gambar asal yang pernah diterbitkan dalam buku Coffee-Table TLDM berjudul Brown to Blue ialah kerana sebahagian gambar yang termuat dalam buku tersebut ‘tercemar’ dengan imej overlay bekas salah seorang CNS dekad 50/60an.

Terfikir juga, alangkah moleknya kalau editor Brown to Blue dapat menilai khazanah purba – gambar aerial view kompleks KD Malaya, Woodlands 1968 – maka dapatlah UPBB dan kawan-kawan menamakan setiap objek yang terdapat dalam gambar untuk imbauan bekas anggota RMN Woodlands. As it is, gambar kompleks pangkalan TLDM pertama – KD Malaya, Woodlands – yang termuat di bawah ini kurang sempurna.

Terfikir juga, mungkinkah gambar asal (original) yang dimaksudkan tak ada dalam simpanan, atau ghaib disembunyikan makhluk halus!!!

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6…  RMN Senior Rates Married quarters

7 & 8…  RN, RAN, RNZN & IN…Senior Rates (Instructors Quarters)

9 & 10…  Wisma Mutiara (Senior Rates Mess)

11…  Sick Bay

12…  Old Workshop

13…  Mini Pool for life raft ‘demo’

14…  Main Galley (left side for Muslims…right side for Non Muslims)

15…  Within the red perimeter (see note below)

16…  In blue (Singapore Open Prison)

17…  In pink (Clothing Store)

18…  In yellow (Old cell block)

19…  In green (Laundry)

20…  ‘I’ Block or Training Block

21…  ‘B’ Block

22…  ‘A’ Block

23…  Drill Shed

24…  Parade Ground (Sacred Ground)

25…  Officers Flat (For Lt and below)

26…  Motor Transport and later became Barrack Master Workshop and Fire Fighting Office

27…  Main Gate

28…  RMN Padang (On the other side of…

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General Yamashita – Master of Deception

Originally posted on Utuh Paloi Banjar Blog:

Sixty eight years ago to this date, Japanese forces landed in Kota Bahru.

Shortly after midnight of December 8, 1941, three Japanese troopships appeared off Badang and Sabak beaches, some 13km north-west of Kota Bahru. They were escorted by a light cruiser and four destroyers. In towering seas, they embarked the initial strike force of 5,300 men into landing barges.

The first wave of assault forces assigned to capture Kota Bahru was from the Japanese 25th Army’s 18th Division under the command of Maj-Gen Hiroshi Takumi.

As the first disgorging invaders hit the junction of Badang and Sabak beaches, they came under withering machinegun fire from the pillboxes manned by the Dogra (Indian) Regiment of the British Army.

The invaders lost one third of their initial assault forces in fierce beach fighting before annihilating the Indian defenders who, instead of withdrawing like the British and Australian armies, preferred to die in…

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Singapore – A Naked ‘Impregnable Fortress’

MUKADIMAH 1:

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Ahad 15 Februari 1942 — Pihak British/Bersekutu di bawah pimpinan Lieutenant General Arthur Percival secara rasmi menyerah kalah kepada tentera Jepun di bawah pimpinan Lieutenant General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

Ahad 15 Februari 2015 = 73 tahun kemudian…..berapa ramai ‘pencinta sejarah’ @ ‘history lovers’ yang ingat tarikh itu, tarikh di mana berkuburnya mistik Kekebalan dan Ketuanan Inggeris?

MUKADIMAH 2

Tahun 1968, Noel Barber menghasilkan sebuah buku berkaitan bencana yang pernah menimpa Malaya dan Singapura. Tragedi itu bukan sahaja telah menghancurkan buat selamanya mistik “Ketuanan Inggeris” malah ianya juga turut meleburkan sebuah empayar. “Synopsis” buku tersebut yang saya sunting dan muat-naik di bawah ini pernah diterbitkan oleh majalah Readers Digest keluaran Julai 1968.

Kiri: Buku “The Fall of Singapore”. Kanan: Readers Digest terbitan Julai 1968

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Siege of Singapore

On the night of January 30 – 31, some 30,000 exhausted troops of the Commonwealth forces retreated to Singapore, crossing the huge concrete causeway that linked the island to the Malayan peninsula. The causeway, 70 feet wide, and more than 1000 yards long, had been dynamited at 8:15 on Wednesday morning. This was the moment when the battle of Malaya ended and the siege of Singapore began.

By the end of the first week of the siege, the city was slowly running down. At least 200 people a day were killed, and there was mounting evidence of an uglier mood on the island – particularly among the troops. They seemed to wander in bewildered knots all over Singapore as though there was no one to direct them.

Royal Navy Base Evacuated

Then came the worst shocks of all. For days the sky had been darkened by the writhing plumes of smoke from two huge fires at the naval base. At first people believe that the Japanese had scored lucky hits on the oil dumps there, but then a rumor spread that the fires had actually been started by the British. It seemed unbelievable, but the rumor was suddenly confirmed at an off-the-record press conference. Not only had the oil dumps been set on fire deliberately, the entire naval base had been evacuated by the Royal Navy!

This was Britain’s great symbol of naval dominance of the Pacific, a base with 22 square miles of deep sea anchorage, barracks to house 12,000 workers, and a self contained town with cinemas, churches and 17 football fields. It had been built for only one reason – for just such a moment of destiny as Britain now faced. Nothing in the story of Singapore’s defeat can match in grim irony the fact that when the moment of destiny arrived, the base was abandoned. Worse, it had been abandoned before the troops had crossed the causeway.

Real Admiral Spooner, it turned out, under instructions from the Admiralty to get his skilled personnel away, had sent most of them to Ceylon, leaving only a few to give technical advice to the army unit which would carry out an elaborate scorched-earth scheme. George Hammonds recalls the desolate scene that greeted the first troops when they arrived at the once-thriving nerve center: deserted barracks, half cleaned belts and buckles lay on unmade beds. There were unfinished meals in the mess hall, flies buzzed over the garbage, then swarmed away as rats came out.

Invasion

Shortly after ten on the night of February 8, the black sky was lighted by two rockets, one red and one blue, bursting far to the north. These were Japanese signals, announcing a successful landing on the island.

The attack was made on the northwest shore, exactly the area west of the causeway that Brigadier Simson had wanted to defend. But General Percival had been obsessed with a conviction that the Japanese would assault the northeast beaches, and that was where he had deployed his main forces. There was only a single Australian division to oppose the landings in the northwest.

The first assault wave, comprising 4000 combat veterans bloodied in China, crossed the straits in complete darkness. The British defenders had set up brilliant search lights to illuminate the waters, but no instructions ever reached the searchlight or artillery crews. Although the Australians opened a withering fire on the first two waves of boats, the Japanese soon overwhelmed the defenses of the entire front.

Before the Aussies knew what was happening, they were fighting with bayonets against an enemy that seemed to surround them. Men cursed and stumbled into each other in the dark. Many of the Japanese had compasses tied to their wrists.

By the morning of the 9th, the Japanese had secured a firm foothold on the island.

To the Bitter End

On February 10, Wavell flew in for the last visit to Singapore. Everywhere the fronts were shrinking and immediately, over the head of Percival, he ordered a desperate counter attack. It failed completely. Wavell was probably influenced by an extraordinary cable he had just received from the Prime Minister. The words were uncompromising. “The battle must be fought to the bitter end. With the Russians fighting as they are and the Americans so stubborn at Luzon, the whole reputation of our country and race is involved.”

On the same day, The Malaya Tribune was closed; and on February 12 a government paper appeared filled with the meaningless phrases that Singaporeans had come to know so well, “Enemy pressure slackened during the night. It is hoped to stabilize our position.”

The true story could be read in the streets of the city. Now every road in the heart of Singapore was jammed with streams of Chinese and Indian civilians heading out of the city, rushing towards the east of the island – anywhere, so long as it was away from the Japanese. Enemy tanks had captured the strategic village of Bukit Timah and soon hand-to-hand fighting flared up in places whose very names were evocative of the good old days – the racecourse, and the greens of the Singapore Golf Club.

By sundown the Allied forces and a million civilians were trapped, in a perimeter that had shrunk to two and a half miles, along the edge of the city.

Black Friday

On Friday the 13th, administration virtually ceased to exist throughout Singapore. Water from broken mains gushed in streets littered with uncollected corpses. The air reeked with smells of decay, burning flesh, smoke and cordite. Japanese planes cruised at will above the main roads, and the shelling from distant guns never stopped.

For two days the heroic 1st Malaya brigade had been holding a vital ridge at Pasir Panjang west of the city, but on Friday afternoon a wave of Japanese troops pushed through and made straight for a large military hospital at Alexandra.

While the Japanese were breaking the line at Pasir Panjang, there was pandemonium at the dock. The evacuation committee had decided to send away some 1200 skilled persons who would be useful to the war effort elsewhere. The plan called for them to leave that night in scores of small boats. Passes for the evacuation, which included civilian as well as military personnel, were distributed early, and by 3.30 p.m. an enormous crowd had gathered at the docks.

From the start there were arguments over the passes. Tempers flared in the heat, and the armed military police watched nervously as the mob surged toward the gates that led to the boats.

Some men tore at the gates; others screamed abuse at the police. Fighting broke out, and police were ordered to fire a few rounds over the heads of the crowd.

Fortunately, Brigadier Simson arrived, and the panic subsided as he stood by the gates and checked the passes he had issued.

At 6:30 the boats were filled and the gates closed. Admiral Spooner, who had supervised the evacuation, was on board a small launch. So was Air Vice-Marshal Pulford, whose last words to Percival had been, “I suppose you and I will be blamed for this, but God knows we’ve done our best with what we’ve been given.”

This was Singapore’s version of “Dunkirk” – a flotilla of tiny ships including sampans, rowboats, junks, naval sloops, yachts and tourist launches. But unknown to any of the people on board the little fleet, Admiral Ozawa of the Japanese Imperial Navy was waiting in the narrow waters south of the island with two cruisers, a carrier and three destroyers. When the flotilla approached his ships, he attacked with all the force at his command.

Some of the smaller vessels were literally blown out of the water, and it is known that at least 40 ships were sunk. But no one has been able to calculate the total number of boats or lives that were lost, for other ships from an earlier evacuation were trapped at the same time, and there were also many civilians and deserters who had tried to leave on their own. The few who managed to escape were wrecked on the small islands that dot the archipelago. There, many died of starvation, thirst or tropical disease. Among these casualties were Admiral Spooner and Air Vice-Marshal Pulford, who died after two months of agonizing privations on a small malarial island off the coast of Sumatra.

Last Night of Freedom

Early Sunday morning General Percival received a cable from Wavell giving him the power to capitulate. At 9.30 am, he summoned the commanders for a conference that lasted barely 20 minutes. Wrote Gen. Gordon Bennet: “Silently and sadly we decided to surrender.”

Late that afternoon, General Percival and three staff officers drove up the Bukit Timah road. At the approach to the village they got out of the car, unfurled a white flag and the Union Jack and marched under enemy escort to the Japanese headquarters – the Ford Motor factory. Percival was seated at a table, and several minutes later General Yamashita entered.

Any hopes Percival might have entertained of getting conciliatory terms vanished immediately. Stubborn as a bulldog, Yamashita sat with his clenched right fist ready to pound the table. “The Japanese will consider nothing but unconditional surrender.” he announced.

Percival tried to protest, but Yamashita would not yield. “Are our terms acceptable or not?” he cried, thumping the table.

Bowing his head, Percival gave his consent. The surrender would take place at 8:30 that night, and the Japanese would take over the city on Monday morning.

At 8:30, an eerie silence fell across Singapore. The shelling, bombing and bark of guns were abruptly stilled. It was the silence of death – the death of a great city – broken only by the crackling flames and falling timbers of uncontrolled fires.

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Soon after dawn on Monday, the first Japanese troops entered the city.

On the same day, the first batch of Europeans – 200 men and 300 women and children – were marched to some derelict houses in Katong, a few miles out of town. Sir Shenton Thomas, in newly pressed white ducks, led the way, his head high. He was sustained, he said afterward, by the sympathy of the Asians lining the route – weeping women, or men who rushed out with a handful of biscuits or a bottle of water. If the Japanese had hoped for scenes which would humiliate the whites, they were disappointed.

Early in March the men interned at Katong were moved to the Changi Jail. A week later the women and children followed, their number now swollen to 400 with latecomers.

The Magic Island

It was only faith and hope that sustained the prisoners for three and a half years. No one had the remotest chance of escaping from a speck in the ocean as escape-proof – and as evil – as Devil’s Island.

When freedom came on September 5, 1945, it was the sameness of Singapore that first astonished the internees. Somehow they had vaguely expected the Japanese to have left their own imprint on the great city and its people. Instead, they found things very much as they had left them.

The greatest debacle in the history of the British arms, in which thousands of men and women of all races and creeds died in a mythical fortress, destroyed forever the legend of the white man’s supremacy. And though it is true that the Allies returned to liberate the country, it was never quite the same again. The awe, the mystique surrounding the “tuan” had gone forever.

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The Sunday Times – 15 Februari 1942

Biar kalah sabung asalkan menang sorak…..begitulah resam dunia.

Atau masa dalam navy dulu kekawan kata “Biar jatuh tersungkur, misai jangan kena tanah”. Walaupun kekentalan (atau ketidak-kentalan) pertahanan tentera bersekutu di Singapura hanya tinggal nyawa-nyawa ikan namun laporan akhbar tetap tidak mencerminkan situasi sebenar…..

1. Strong Jap pressure, defence stubbornly maintained – Serangan/tekanan pihak Jepun kuat, pihak bersekutu masih cekal bertahan.

2. Japanese claims more subdued – Laporan berita radio dari pihak Tokyo kendur.

3. It is understood that our artillery engaged some of the enemy forces with considerable success – Difahamkan pasukan meriam kita (tentera bersekutu) berjaya menyerang tentera musuh…..

4. Bla bla bla…..

Anehnya, tepat jam 0930 pada hari akhbar di bawah ini (a single-page newspaper and the last publication prior to surrender) menemui pembaca, General Percival dan rakan sekutunya mengadakan perbincangan – bukan untuk merangka strategi baru mempertahankan Singapura tapi untuk mendapatkan persetujuan mengangkat bendera putih – surrender.

Memang aneh.

Surrender – 70 hari selepas pihak British mendabik dada dengan membuat kenyataan “We have had plenty of warning and our preparations are made…We are confident. Our defenses are strong and our weapons efficient” pihak British/Bersekutu menyerah kalah – unconditional surrender.

Dan lebih aneh lagi apabila kita gagal belajar dari kesilapan orang lain dengan membuat kenyataan demi kenyataan di media – mirip dengan kenyataan yang pernah dibuat oleh pihak British lebih tujuh dekad yang lalu.

1. KUANTAN 26 Mac 2008 – Tahap kesiapsiagaan armada kini berada pada tahap 100 peratus, jauh lebih baik berbanding piawaian kesiapsiagaan antarabangsa.

2. KUALA LUMPUR 24 Okt 2012. – Tahap siap siaga di tahap tertinggi  terbukti sekali lagi dengan kejayaan penembakan peluru berpandu atau misil dari permukaan ke sasaran.

So, apa iktibar yang boleh kita ambil dari posting ini?

Jangan jadi macam ayam jantan: Kokok berderai-derai sedangkan ekor bergelumang……! Atau macam ayam betina: Bertelur sebiji riuh sekampung.

Dan apa mesej yang cuba disampaikan oleh UPBB?

Very simple…..Jangan percaya membuta tuli terhadap laporan akhbar.

15 Februari 1942

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Action Stations, Action Stations…..

MUKADIMAH:

Apa dan siapa yang terlibat dalam Action Stations yang ternukil di bawah ini adalah berasaskan pengalaman berkhidmat dalam dua buah bot ronda:

  1. KD Sri Kedah – 1 September 1966 hingga 4 Ogos 1967.
  2. KD Sri Trengganu – 9 September 1968 hingga 13 November 1969.

Sekiranya terdapat perbezaan ‘pengalaman’ dengan mereka yang pernah berkhidmat di bot ronda sebelum atau pada tahun-tahun yang saya sebutkan di atas, please feel free to share your experience.

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Pengalaman pertama mendengar bunyi siren dari Intercom di mes belakang KD Sri Kedah diikuti dengan suara XO – Sub Lt Chan Peng Sum - “Action Stations, Action Stations…..” ialah ketika kami meronda di perairan Sabah sekitar bulan Disember 1966.

Malam itu sekitar jam 0100…..aku baru saja melelapkan mata setelah habis bertugas Radar First Watch – 8 hingga 12 malam. Kami yang menghuni mes belakang lantas bangun memakai Overall dan Anti Flash Gear.

Kami bergegas memanjat tangga Mess Deck untuk naik ke geladak atas dan merapat ke tempat masing-masing seperti yang tersenarai di dalam Watch and Station Bill di Port Passage way.

Bridge – C.O. Lt AJ Miller (RNZN), X.O. Sub Lt Chan, C0x’n POSM Husin Daroya (Wheel) dan LRME Awang Siman (Throttle).

Charthouse – N.O. Midshipman Zainal Abidin dan ODSM RP Shuib.

Flag Deck – ABRG Buang, ABEM Musaldin (Search Light) dan ODRM yours truly (Heavy Barrel Self Loading Rifle – HBSLR).

A Gun – Buffer LRSM Mahmud (Captain of the Gun/Loader), ABSM Salih/ABSM Md Rani (Layer/Trainer), dan ABOS Daud (Ammo Supply).

Y Gun – ABSM Musa ‘bongkok’ (Captain of the Gun/Loader), ABSM Arshad/ODSM Rejab (Layer/Trainer), dan ODCK Razak (Ammo Supply).

Boat Deck – ABME Wak Nasir dan ODME Foo (DCFF)

Engine Room – POME Jalil

WT Office – ABRG Ariffin

Apabila object semakin hampir, CO memberi arahan kepada ABEM Musaldin untuk Switch on Search Light ke arah darkened contact yang ternyata hanyalah sebuah bot kayu berukuran lebih separuh dari saiz KD Sri Kedah.

Tindakan seterusnya ialah mengarahkan semua yang berada di atas bot supaya naik ke geladak atas dan mengangkat tangan ke atas kepala. Selepas itu CO mengarahkan XO untuk menyediakan Boarding Party yang terdiri dari XO, LRSM Mahmud, ABSM Md Rani, ABRG Buang, dan ABME Wak Nasir.

Setelah membuat boarding, memeriksa dokumen, menggeledah bot untuk mencari kalau-kalau mereka ada membawa barang terlarang (senjata dll) bot milik orang Filipina tersebut dilepaskan. Dan kami pun bersurai untuk menyambung tugas serta mimpi-mimpi indah yang tergendala seketika.

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Dalam usaha mencoret pengalaman pertama Action Stations dan Boarding, saya menghubungi beberapa orang bekas Seamen dan ME (Engineering Mechanic) untuk mencari kepastian tentang jumlah Gun Crew dan tugas masing-masing. Kawan-kawan Seamen yang saya hubungi menghubungi pula beberapa orang kawan lain yang terdiri dari pesara Gunnery Instructor dan Gunnery Officer. Majoriti mengatakan bahawa terdapat empat orang krew di atas mounting A dan Y Gun.

But, I beg to differ…my seamen friends.

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Layer - duduk sebelah kiri mengawal pergerakan Barrel Bofors ke atas ke bawah (elevation and depression) dan juga bertanggungjawab untuk melepaskan tembakan.

Trainer – duduk sebelah kanan mengawal pergerakan Mounting/Barrel Bofors ke kiri dan ke kanan (traverse).

Left Loader @ Captain of the Gun – berdiri dan berkomunikasi dengan Bridge, dan memasukkan peluru ke dalam Breach Block.

Right Loader – tak wujud di KD Sri Kedah dan KD Sri Trengganu kerana kekurangan krew.

Ammo Supply – berdiri/bergerak di atas geladak di belakang A dan Y gun. Tugas mereka ialah mengeluarkan peluru meriam (clip of four) dari Ammo Box dan memasukkan ke rak di sebelah kiri (dan kanan) Mounting Bofors.

Kenapa saya mengatakan “Right Loader” tak wujud di KD Sri Kedah dan KD Sri Trengganu? Selain penjelasan yang telah saya sebutkan di atas tentang tugas yang diagihkan kepada setiap krew, mungkin gambar di bawah ini boleh mengukuhkan pendapat saya.

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Walaupun terdapat 8 orang Seamen di KD Sri Perak tahun 1964, tapi Leading Seaman Ishak ‘janggut’ bertanda nombor (1) akan deraf keluar apabila kapal balik ke MBJ. Bermakna KDSP hanya ada 7 orang Seamen yang mana salah seorang dari mereka (RP) akan berada di Charthouse dalam keadaan Action Stations.  

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KD Sri Kelantan tahun 1964 – dengan 21 orang krew terdiri dari 3 orang Pegawai, 2 orang Senior Rating dan 16 orang Junior Rating yang terdiri dari 3 orang ME, 2 orang RO, seorang Cook, seorang Steward, seorang EM, seorang RM dan 7 orang Seaman.

Seorang dari 7 orang Seamen adalah Radar Plotter yang akan berada di Charthouse dalam keadaan Action Stations. Dengan 6 orang Seamen untuk mengendali A dan Y Gun, bagimana hendak mewujudkan dua orang Loader?

A4Commissioning Crew KD Sri Melaka – Portsmouth UK 1964. Berapa orang Seamen yang ada dalam gambar?

CONCLUSION

Kenapa majoriti Seamen dan Seamen Gunners termasuk Gunnery Officer berpendapat bahawa terdapat 2 orang Loader pada setiap Bofors – A dan Y Gun?

Jawapan saya ialah:

1. Mereka terlupa bahawa sebelum tahun 1970, krew bot ronda hanya 21 orang seperti dalam gambar yang saya upload di atas..

2. Mereka terlupa bahawa selepas tahun 1970, anggota TLDM telah bertambah manakala kapal tidak mencukupi. Makanya, complement bot ronda tidak lagi terhad kepada 21 orang.

3. Mereka terbawa-bawa dengan pengalaman berkhidmat dengan CMS  dan Frigate di mana jumlah Seamen lebih dari mencukupi.

4. Mereka keliru antara Action Stations dan Firing Exercise. Dalam latihan menembak, Radar Plotter, ME, EM dan RM boleh di ‘bidan terjun’ kan sebagai Right Loader. Berbeza dengan Action Stations, mereka yang saya sebutkan – RP, ME, EM, RM – ada tugas masing-masing. 

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Kenapa Kapal Diraja (KD) hilang ‘Sri’ nya?

“Selain itu saya tertanya, kenapa PC dulu menggunakan Sri sebelum nama, eg Sri Pahang, Sri Perak, etc tetapi NGPV sekarang hanya KD Pahang atau KD Perak. Sudah tak ‘Sri’ lagi? Adakah ‘Sri’ dikhususkan untuk landbase sahaja?”

Ayat di atas adalah soalan dalam ruangan komen yang dikemukakan oleh pembaca yang menggelar dirinya Wirajack. Soalannya mudah tapi sukar untuk dijawab. Soalan yang memaksa aku berfikir dan terus berfikir mencari jawapan.

Namun, jawapan konkrit tak kunjung tiba, maka itu aku cuba sedaya mungkin mencari punca.

Apa puncanya?

Tahun 1992, apabila Proton melancarkan ‘facelifted’ Proton Saga dan memberi nama ‘Proton Iswara’, aku terbaca komen di akhbar yang mempersoal kewarasan menggunakan nama ‘Iswara’.

Apa salahnya dengan nama Iswara?

Iswara adalah sinonim dengan nama Tuhan penganut agama Hindu. Dan kelompok orang Melayu yang terkenal dengan ke-sensitif-an tak menentu mempersoal kewajaran pengurusan Proton menggunakan nama yang sinonim dengan agama Hindu?

Apa pula alasan untuk menghilangkan perkataan ‘Sri’ di hadapan nama kapal TLDM?

‘Sri’ juga sinonim dengan agama Hindu.

Kuil Sri Mariamman, Sri Vadapathira, Sri Sinpaga Vinayagar dan banyak lagi kuil yang menggunakan perkataan ‘Sri’ di pangkal.

Seperti juga Iswara, ada kemungkinan terdapat kelompok Melayu modern berfikiran kuno yang hyper-sensitif menghantar surat bantahan ke pihak-pihak tertentu meminta digugurkan perkataan ‘Sri’ di hadapan nama kapal. Demi menjaga hati kelompok Melayu yang hyper-sensitif ini, dan yang paling utama menjaga peti undi, maka secara senyap nama ‘Sri’ digugurkan. Wallahualam.

Atau ada Nujum Pak Belalang yang dijelma ilham kononnya kapal yang membawa nama ‘Sri’ mudah dilanda bencana. KD Sri Perak tenggelam di Laut Cina Selatan, KD Sri Inderapura musnah dijilat api hingga terpaksa dinyah-tauliahkan, ‘museum-ship’ (KD) Sri Trengganu tersadai atas cradle – hidup segan mati tak mau.

Adakah ‘Sri’ hanya boleh digunakan untuk Pangkalan Tentera Laut sahaja?

Mungkin, tapi kemungkinan yang menambah kekeliruan. Pusat Latihan TLDM di Tanjung Pengelih, Johor tidak ber ‘Sri’. Ia hanya dikenali sebagai KD Sultan Ismail, manakala pangkalan di Pulau Indah dikenali sebagai KD Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah.

Apa pendapatku tentang pengguguran nama ‘Sri’?

Entahlah, aku pun tak faham rasional menamatkan tradisi penggunaan ‘Sri’ di pangkal nama kapal yang menggunakan nama negeri seperti KD Kedah, KD Pahang, KD Perak dan sebagainya !

Aku juga dilanda kekeliruan apabila tradisi tiupan bugle ‘Last Post’ di Tugu Peringatan Negara dinoktahkan. Dan mungkinkah tradisi tiupan bugle mengiringi ‘sunset’ di pangkalan TLDM Lumut juga sudah tinggal sejarah?

Kekeliruan semakin bertambah bila memikirkan…dalam ketaksuban mengaitkan amalan tradisi dan agama, kenapa tidak ada larangan secara rasmi dikeluarkan agar orang beragama Islam dilarang bekerja di tempat-tempat yang menyediakan minuman keras atau perjudian?

Kenapa? Adakah kerana dikhuatiri tempat-tempat itu akan hilang ‘Seri’ nya?

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KD Sri Langkawi – yang tersurat dan tersirat.

Tujuan utama posting ini adalah untuk berkongsi sekelumit pengetahuan tentang aset purba RMN Woodlands yang menggunakan nama yang sama – KD Sri Langkawi.

Tujuan kedua ialah supaya anggota TLDM hari ini yang sinonim dengan panggilan “The Navy People” dapat mengenal dan membezakan dua aset silam TLDM – KD Sri Langkawi L4043 (ex HMS Counterguard) dan KD Sri Langkawi A1500 (ex USS Hunterdon County 838).

UPBB berharap sudi apalah kiranya TLDM memuat-turun (download) posting ini untuk dibuat rujukan masa depan (future reference). Manalah tahu suatu hari nanti tergerak hati sidang redaksi (editorial team) TLDM untuk memasukkan gambar-gambar lama dalam terbitan berkala seperti Majalah Samudera atau Buku Bergambar (Coffee Table Book), maka tidaklah nantinya teraba-raba mencari fakta yang memungkinkan timbulnya kekeliruan sehingga tak dapat membezakan antara KD Sri Langkawi L4043 dengan KD Sri Langkawi A1500.

Di bawah ini UPBB muat-naik:

1).  Dua keping gambar KD Sri Langkawi L4043 dan dua laporan akhbar yang menceritakan tentang pentauliahan di Malta (21 Jun 1965), dan ketibaan di jeti utama/pertama TLDM – Ruthenia Jetty, Woodlands (6 Oktober 1965).

2).  Sekeping gambar USS Hunterdon County 838, dan dua keping gambar KD Sri Langkawi A1500 serta tiga laporan akhbar yang menceritakan tentang ketibaan USS Hunterdon County 838 di Malaysia Base Jetty, Woodlands (29 Jun 1971), penyerahan (5 Julai 1971) dan pentauliahan (10 Julai 1971) sebagai KD Sri Langkawi.

3).  Sekeping gambar ‘bacaan doa’ oleh Ustaz Hj Ahmad di Malaysia Base Jetty, Woodlands yang dirakam pada pagi Sabtu, 10 Julai 1971 sempena upacara pentauliahan KD Sri Langkawi A1500 (ex USS Hunterdon County 838).

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Gambar di atas adalah KD Sri Langkawi L4043 (Ex HMS Counterguard). Salah seorang krew yang membawa balik kapal ini sekarang bermastautin di Seremban manakala seorang lagi menetap di Johor Bahru.

Untuk mendapatkan gambar di atas saya mengembara ke Johor Bahru. Dalam bilik Mutiara Hotel JB saya mengimbas gambar dan menyimpannya dalam folder komputer.

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Untuk mendapatkan gambar KD Sri Langkawi L4043 yang terpapar di atas, saya R/V dengan M2030 QDC di Cheras, Kuala Lumpur memandu kereta ke Pedas, Negeri Sembilan, singgah di rumah J2084 Idris Sulaiman (arwah). Dari Pedas kami bertiga pergi ke rumah J2097 Ramli ‘Sendros’ (arwah) di Kuantan, Pahang.

Di ruang tamu rumah Ramli, yours truly mengimbas gambar di atas dan beberapa keping gambar lain dalam album.

NOTA: J2084 Idris Sulaiman @ Jack Harris meninggal dunia pada 5 Mei 2013; J2097 Ramli ‘Sendros’ meninggal dunia pada 30 Ogos 2014.

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Gambar atas yang dirakam pada 29 Jun 1971 menunjukkan USS Hunterdon County 838 sedang membuat pusingan untuk bertambat di Malaysia Base Jetty, Woodlands.

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USS Hunterdon County 838 ditauliahkan ke dalam TLDM dengan nama KD Sri Langkawi dengan nombor penant A1500 – mengambil nama KD Sri Langkawi (Ex HMS Counterguard) yang telah dilucutkan tauliah.

Di mana saya mendapat gambar USS Hunterdon County 838? Pemiliknya yang merupakan “Commissioning Crew” kini bermastautin di AU4, Taman Keramat, Ulu Kelang.

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Untuk mendapatkan gambar KD Sri Langkawi A1500, saya R/V dengan QDC di Cheras. Dengan QDC sebagai juru-arah, kami sampai ke rumah pemiliknya – Lt Cdr (B) Kweh.

Begitu juga dengan gambar di bawah ini.

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Mengingati ‘Exploit’ KD Sri Perak – 9 Januari 1965

Tarikh: Hari ini 50 tahun yang lalu – 9 Januari 1965.

Lokasi: Selat Melaka in the vicinity of Cape Rachado @ Tanjung Tuan.

Peristiwa: KD Sri Perak mematahkan percubaan musuh @ anggota KKO menyusup masuk ke negara kita.

Questions to ponder:

(1).  Berapa orang bekas krew yang masih hidup, dan sejarawan (historian) TLDM yang perasan dan masih ingat kejayaan KD Sri Perak di bawah perintah Lt Cdr B.E.I. Hydesmith mematahkan percubaan KKO menyusup masuk ke negara kita?

(2). Kenapa exploit KD Sri Perak tidak menonjol dan ditonjolkan oleh sejarawan TLDM sedangkan kepulangan/kejayaan KD Sri Perak disambut dan diraikan oleh Royal Marine Band di Ruthenia Jetty?

(3). Pernahkah TLDM menghulur jemputan kepada bekas Pegawai Memerintah dan anak kapal KD Sri Perak yang masih hidup untuk hadir dalam sambutan ulang tahun TLDM?

A people without the knowledge of their past history is like a tree without roots.

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KD Sri Perak tahun 1964 – 1965

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Pegawai Memerintah KD Sri Perak Lt Cdr B.E.I. Hydesmith dan sebahagian besar krew yang terlibat menggagalkan cubaan KKO mendarat di Pantai Barat Semenanjung.

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Laporan akhbar The Straits Times bertarikh 10 Januari 1965 menceritakan pertembungan KD Sri Perak dengan KKO.

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Anggota KKO yang terselamat di kumpulkan di geladak belakang KD Sri Perak sementara menunggu ketibaan bot Polis Merin.

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Laporan akhbar The Straits Times bertarikh 18 Januari 1965.

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Anggota KKO yang terselamat diserahkan kepada  Polis Merin untuk tindakan selanjutnya.

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Laporan akhbar The Straits Times bertarikh 19 Januari 1965.

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 Pemindahan (transfer) anggota KKO ke  dalam bot Polis Merin.

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Hampir dua minggu setelah pertembungan, masih terdapat mayat KKO terapung di Selat Melaka seperti yang dilaporkan oleh akhbar The Straits Times bertarikh 23 Januari 1965.

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