Dari Majalah ‘Suara laut’ – 1968 (14)

CO2 portable fire extinguisher, Pattern 5665 face mask, Seibe Gorman breathing apparatus, Neil Robinson stretcher…..nama-nama yang wajib diingat oleh setiap rekrut untuk lulus peperiksaan subjek DCFF  RMN Woodlands dekad 60an.

Teringat DCFF maka teringat jualah gelagat ‘apek taik’, gelaran untuk PO Shipwright Seet Teng Hong yang menjadi instructor subjek DCFF rekrut Basic 5 intake 2/65.

Dan teringat jualah meja billiard Wisma Mutiara (Senior Rates Mess) tahun 1976.

Pagi Sabtu dapat gaji – setengah bulan. Seperti biasa bila ‘apek taik’ ada, pertarungan di meja billiard tentunya bukan pertarungan kosong. Kira-kira jam 8 malam, ‘apek taik’ ajak (desak) Aiman letak sehelai ‘kertas merah’ sebagai ‘pengeras’. Aiman yang tak biasa main billiard ‘berisi’ menolak namun setelah diberi galakan oleh kawan-kawan dia menerima cabaran.

Bila sudah warm-up ‘apek taik’ naikkan stake kepada dua helai ‘kertas merah’ dan akhirnya naik sampai ‘kertas biru’. Mereka berhenti bertarung setelah ‘apek taik’ tarik keluar kedua belah poket seluar (uniform putih) sambil berkata “Finish, gone half month’s pay…”. Gaji setengah bulan MCPO SHPT langsai di meja billiard, dan belum sempat dibawa balik ke rumah.

Minggu tu Aiman pergi ke Sembawang untuk menukar bateri kereta dan 4 biji tayar terpakai buatan Perancis jenama ‘Kleber’ menggantikan tayar celup yang sudah licin macam tayar Formula 1.

POETR Husin ‘bonyo’ dan POREA Adam yang bergilir-gilir jadi ‘marker’ atau penjaga markah sanggup jadi penunggu sampai ke subuh kerana dapat upah seringgit setiap kali selesai permainan.

For one of those things

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Dari Majalah ‘Suara Laut’ – 1968 (13)

Artikel di bawah ini mengingatkan saya tentang ejaan dan sebutan nama tempat era itu – Melaka dieja Malacca, Negeri —- Negri, Terengganu —- Trengganu, Serawak —- Sarawak….

Dan pronounciation yang membuat lidah terseliur: Me-lek-ke, Se-le-ngo, Kei-da…..

For Sepak Takraw 2

 

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Diari Sebuah Tentera Laut – MNF

MUKADIMAH:

Di mana ada kemahuan di situ ada jalan…Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Menyedari hakikat bahawa ‘yang bulat tak akan datang bergolek, yang pipih tak pula datang melayang’, dan atas kesedaran tentang ketandusan maklumat berkaitan Tentera Laut Malaya zaman silam,  maka UPBB dengan dibantu oleh kawan-kawan yang sehaluan memulakan usaha ‘memecah ruyung’ dengan harapan dapat menghasilkan secupak dua ‘sagu bermutu’ yang boleh dijadikan penawar…..

Berbekalkan azam yang pasang surut macam air laut, kami pun membuka langkah menjejak detik-detik penting Malayan Naval Force (MNF) dari tarikh kelahirannya hingga tarikh ianya ditukar nama kepada Royal Malayan Navy (RMN).

Walaupun semuanya diperolehi online dan nampak mudah tapi untuk mencantum-kaitkan tarikh dengan peristiwa bukan semudah membaca apa yang terhasil.

Penyerahan/penerimaan kapal pertama MNF sebagai contoh. UPBB terpaksa membaca berulang kali keratan-keratan akhbar yang diterbitkan sebelum, semasa dan selepas upacara. Dengan ketelitian sedmikian, maka barulah kami yakin bahawa peristiwa itu berlaku pada 7hb April 1949 di Red House Jetty yang terletak di Seletar, dan bukan di pangkalan utama Royal Navy, Sembawang.

Begitu jugalah dengan peristiwa yang lain di mana kami terpaksa belajar menghubung-kaitakan tarikh terbitan akhbar dengan penulisan yang ada kalanya menyebut tarikh peristiwa dengan menggunakan terma “Yesterday” atau “Today”,  atau “Tomorrow”.

Dan…..berbekalkan maklumat yang diperolehi dari keratan akhbar, UPBB membuat keputusan bahawa tarikh terbentuknya Malayan Naval Force adalah pada hari Jumaat 3hb Disember 1948.

Dan tarikh ini jugalah yang sewajarnya dijadikan sebagai tarikh kelahiran tentera laut yang ada pada hari ini.

Segala maklumat yang termuat di bawah ini digarap dari akhbar The Straits Times dan The Singapore Free Press.

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03/12/1948: Rang undang-undang untuk pembentukan dan penyelenggaraan Malayan Naval Force (MNF) diwartakan (gazetted) di Majlis Perundangan Singapura.

17/02/1949: Commander H.E.H. Nicholls (RN) dilantik sebagai Pegawai Kanan merangkap Pegawai Memerintah MNF dengan tenaga pengajar terdiri dari:

Master-At-Arms  E.J. Blown, Chief Petty Officer Seaman A.R. Keywood, Chief Petty Officer Seaman  J. Madwick, Chief Petty Officer Engine Room Artificer M. Gardner, Chief Petty Officer Writer R.C. Nute, Chief Petty Officer Yeoman G. Noble, Petty Officer Radio Tactical G.D. Dawson, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic  E.J. Parkin, Petty Officer Stoker Mechanic C. Newton, Petty Officer Store A.B. Clarke and Petty Officer Sick Berth Assistant G.S. Oldfiled.

03/03/1949: Struktur gaji dan elaun untuk anggota MNF diumumkan.

MNF Pay Structure

15/03/1949: Deraf  Ordinan berjudul “Malayan Naval Force and Defence Ordinance” diperkenal/dibentang di dalam Majlis Perundangan Singapura. Antara lain ordinan ini membolehkan anggota MNF berkhidmat dan berlatih di luar tanah jajahan British, dan berkhidmat dengan Royal Navy bila keadaan memaksa (darurat).

07/04/1949: Sir Franklin Gimson, Gabenor Singapura bagi pihak Malayan Naval Force menerima penyerahan kapal pertama MNF – MS Pelandok – dari Laksamana Muda (Rear Admiral) Clifford Caslon, Pegawai Kanan Kawasan Malaya (Flag Officer Malayan Area). Upacara penyerahan telah diadakan di Red House Jetty, Seletar.

Red House Jetty Seletar 1960

Red House Jetty, Seletar di mana upacara penyerahan MS Pelandok (LCT341) dilangsungkan

11/04/1949: Malayan Naval Force and Defence Ordinance diluluskan oleh Majlis Perundangan Singapura.

11/11/1949: Malayan Naval Force menerima kapal kedua – Landing Craft Gunnery – yang diberi nama MS Pelandok. (Sebelum penyerahan ini, MS Pelandok LCT341 telah ditukar nama kepada MS Malaya).

Nota Kecil: Tarikh penyerahan MS Pelandok  ini diangkat dari laman sesawang Arkib Negara Malaysia.

16/11/1949: Gabenor Singapura, Sir Franklin Gimson merasmikan upacara pembukaan pangkalan Malayan Naval Force di Woodlands.

09/01/1950: Rondaan pertama diperairan Malaya dilakukan oleh SDML P3509 dibawah perintah Lieutenant Pete Wilson dengan krew anak watan sepenuhnya.

23/03/1950: Radio Singapura/Radio Malaya menyiarkan sebuah rancangan berkenaan Malayan Naval Force. Rancangan ini telah dirakamkan diperairan Singapura/Malaya.

23/05/1950: Perbarisan pertama anggota MNF di Malaya – Port Swettenham.

23/05/1950: Pegawai Kanan Kawasan Malaya, Laksamana Muda H.W. Faulkner menyerahkan loceng kapal perang (battleship) HMS Malaya kepada Yang Dipertuan Besar Negeri Sembilan, Tuanku Abdul Rahman yang mewakili Raja-Raja Melayu. Baginda kemudiannya menyerahkan loceng HMS Malaya kepada Malayan Naval Force. (Upacara diadakan di Port Swettenham).

12/11/1950: Pelayaran @ latihan pertama oleh 40 orang rekrut MNF. Mereka belayar hingga ke Port Swettenham dan balik ke Singapura pada 25 November 1950.

01/01/1951: Pertukaran nama pangkalan MNF dari MS Pelandok kepada MS Malaya.

10/03/1951: Sebuah SDML MNF tenggelam di muara Sungai Dinding, Perak..

03/10/1951: Pegawai Kanan Kawasan Malaya, Laksamana Muda H.W. Faulkner memeriksa kapal MS Malaya (sebelumnya dikenali sebagai MS Pelandok) di Ruthenia Jetty.

19/10/1951: Gabenor Singapura, Sir Franklin Gimson meletakkan batu asas untuk pembinaan semula pangkalan MNF di Woodlands dengan anggaran kos melebihi $6 juta.

07/03/1952: Sultan Kelantan, Sultan Ibrahim Petra melawat pangkalan Malayan Naval Force. Baginda adalah sultan pertama yang membuat lawatan ke pangkalan ini.

29/08/1952: Dalam upacara yang diadakan di pangkalan Malayan Naval Force, Ratu England menganugerahkan gelaran ‘DIRAJA’ kepada MNF. Mulai tarikh itu, Malayan Naval Force atau Angkatan Laut Malaya bertukar nama kepada Royal Malayan Navy (RMN) atau Tentera Laut Diraja Malaya. Semua kapal yang dahulunya menggunakan prefix MS (Malayan Ship) bertukar kepada HMMS (Her Majesty’s Malayan Ship).

Begitu juga dengan nama pagkalan – bertukar dari MS Malaya kepada HMMS Malaya.

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EPILOG:

Mengambil kira tarikh 3 Disember 1948 sebagai tarikh pembentukan Malayan Naval Force, dan tarikh 29 Ogos 1952 sebagai hari terakhir kewujudannya, maka bolehlah dirumus bahawa nama ‘Malayan Naval Force’ hanya bertahan selama 3 tahun 8 bulan 26 hari.

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Re-Enlisting ‘Old Salts’ over 60

I am over 60 and the military think I’m too old to track down terrorists/pirates. The rule says that you can’t be older than a certain age to be in the military.

If you think that we are too old, then better understand the age-old adage: Age is only a number! They’ve got the whole thing ass-backwards.

Another plus point of re-enlisting old farts is that we are already immune to sea-sickness (mabuk laut) because we have gone through all sorts of “mabuk-ness” in our younger days.

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Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. We can fight as good if not better than those Green Horns because we have been fighting since our marriage. More over, these Young Turks have not had the experience of “swallowing the Anchor” like we do.

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The authorities ought to change the current criterion.  You shouldn’t be allowed to join the military until you’re at least 40.

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For starters, researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds but not cranky old salts whose sex lives are best described in ‘past tense’.

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Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a month, leaving us more than 280,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

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Young guys haven’t lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky sailor is a dangerous sailor.

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“My back hurts! I can’t sleep, I’m tired and hungry.” We are bad-tempered and impatient, and maybe letting us kill some intruders and pirates will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

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Young men don’t even like to get up before 10am, and can easily fall asleep even during conversation.

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Old guys always get up early to pee, so what the hell. Besides, like we said, we are tired and can’t sleep and since we are already up, we may as well be up killing some fanatical son-of-a-bitch.

If captured we couldn’t spill the beans because we would have forgotten where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and official number would be a real brainteaser.

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Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We’re used to getting screamed and yelled at and we’re used to soft food.

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We’ve also developed an appreciation for guns. We’ve been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

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They could lighten up on the obstacle course however…many of us have been on board ships and never saw a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did we ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too… we have never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

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An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He’s still learning to shave, to start a conversation with a pretty girl

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He still hasn’t figured out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head. These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm’s way.

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Let us old guys track down those intruders and pirates. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a few hundred pissed off old farts with bad attitudes and automatic weapons, who know that their best years are already behind them.

HEY!! How about recruiting Women over 50…in menopause mode!!! You think MEN have attitudes?  Oh my God!!! If nothing else, put them on sea patrol. They’ll have it secured the first night!

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Dari Majalah ‘Suara Laut’ – 1968 (12)

Bila Fast Patrol Boat (FPB) ditauliahkan? Adakah pentauliahannya dijalankan serentak atau berperingkat?

Menurut penulis artikel di bawah ini yang juga Pegawai Memerintah KD Handalan, semua pentauliahan telah disempurnakan  pada 22 November 1967.

QUOTE: “All four Fast Patrol Boats have been in commission since 22nd November 1967…”

Menurut laporan akhbar bertarikh 22 Disember 1967, KD Perkasa P150 merupakan FPB terakhir yang akan ditauliahkan pada 24 Januari 1968.

Dan laporan akhbar bertarikh 22 November 1967, KD Handalan P151, KD Gempita P152 dan KD Pendekar P153 ditauliahkan pada 21 November 1967, dan dihadiri oleh Perdana Menteri Malaysia pertama – Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Oh blimey !!!

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KD Hang Tuah – Birth, Life and Death

(2). QUOTE:

“Assuming the date/year is correct, In 1971, KDHT was the only one and only fighting frigate in our home waters and was the Flag Ship of the RMN, now zoom in the photo, do you see any guns? In 1971 KDHT was still fully armed with all the big guns intact, KD Rahmat was still in UK, flying the RED Ensign.”

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The Straits Times dated May 21, 1977 (pasted below) reported that KD Hang Tuah was:

(1). Commissioned on October 2, 1964.

(2). Stripped of her armaments (to make way for accommodation cabins) prior to conversion into Training Ship in 1971.

(3). On her death knell (mothballed) six years later – decommissioned on May 30, 1977.

Stripped of armaments in 1971, her status was relegated from a fighting ship (warship) capable of offensive and defensive duty to that of a lame duck. That’s probably the reason why she was exempted from the messy ritual of ‘dressing-up’.

As for the ensign, although it was not hoisted at its usual location – the ensign staff at the stern – but she did fly the ensign somewhere in the vicinity of the odd-looking box where the twin pom-pom gun is located.

And having the benefit of higher resolution picture as compared to the one posted in this blog, I can zoom on the ensign and confirm that the ensign flown is the one used by the RMN since 1st January 1968 – it has a white background with the Malaysian Flag in the left upper corner and a dark-blue fouled anchor and crossed ‘kris’ emblem at the lower right-hand corner.

EPILOGUE: Being half-baked, syok sendiri, self-elect so called historians deprived from the benefit of accessing open or classified official documents, we can only rely on reports from foreign newspaper, I repeat “foreign newspaper” to support our theories and arguments. If the reporter erred in his reporting, so do we.

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A Grand Old Lady and the Philosophy of Life

Spare a moment and give a thought to the beautiful philosophy…..accompanying twelve different poses of a grand old lady that, in years gone by, was the flagship of the Royal Malaysian Navy…..KD Hang Tuah – ‘F’ Four-Three-Three.

On 21 January 1965, history was created when, for the first time in the history of the RMN, a Helicopter landed on her deck while stationary at Port Swettenham (Port Kelang) followed a day later by another successful landing while cruising in the Straits of Malacca.

I may not have served on board but sometime in February 1970 I climbed up her gangway at the Malaysia Base Jetty (MBJ) Woodlands, took a ride across the South China Sea and disembarked, two days later, at the Kuching Town Jetty. Yes, that was the first part of my journey on the way to serve my time at the newly completed RMN forward base – KD Sri Tawau.

NOTE: KD Hang Tuah was commissioned in Portsmouth, UK on 2nd October 1964, converted into training ship in 1971 and decommissioned at the Malaysia Base Jetty, Woodlands on 30th May 1977.

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We never get what we want,
We never want what we get,
We never have what we like,
We never like what we have.
And still we live & love.
That’s life.

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The best kind of friends,
Is the kind you can sit on a porch and swing with,
Never say a word,
And then walk away feeling like it was the best conversation you’ve ever had.

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It’s true that we don’t know
What we’ve got until it’s gone,
But it’s also true that we don’t know
What we’ve been missing until it arrives.

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Giving someone all your love is never an assurance
that they’ll love you back!
Don’t expect love in return;
Just wait for it to grow in their heart,
But if it doesn’t, be content it grew in yours.

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It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone,
An hour to like someone,
And a day to love someone,
But it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

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Don’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away.
Go for someone who makes you smile,
Because it takes only a smile to
Make a dark day seem bright.
Find the one that makes your heart smile!

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May you have
Enough happiness to make you sweet,
Enough trials to make you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
And enough hope to make you happy.

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Always put yourself in others’ shoes.
If you feel that it hurts you,
It probably hurts the other person, too.

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The happiest of people
Don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything that comes along their way.
Happiness lies for
Those who cry,
Those who hurt,
Those who have searched,
And those who have tried,
For only they can appreciate the importance of people
Who have touched their lives.

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When you were born, you were crying
And everyone around you was smiling.
Live your life so that when you die,
You’re the one who is smiling
And everyone around you is crying.

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Please convey this message
To those people who mean something to you,
To those who have touched your life in one way or another,
To those who make you smile when you really need it,
To those that make you see the brighter side of things
When you are really down,
To those who you want to know
That you appreciate their friendship.

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And if you don’t, don’t worry,
Nothing bad will happen to you,
You will just miss out on the opportunity
to brighten someone’s life with this message.

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