1. “Sometimes we find ourselves walking through life blindfolded, and we try to deny that we’re the ones who securely tied the knot.”
2. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
I have been asking myself of late: With so much time and resources available virtually at a flick of the finger, why are these people still fumbling around to get the facts right? Will they ever learn the all important art of self-correcting? Will they ever grow up and stop relying on others to pick up, rectify, and show them their mistakes?
“To err is human…..” so goes the saying. But then, there is another complementary saying that says “To keep on erring is devilish”. So, in all honesty, if we consider ourselves worthy to be in the company of the creature called human being, isn’t it our responsibility to learn from past mistakes and avoid repeating the same?
How to self-correct and avoid making the same mistakes of falling into the same crater over and over again?
Much as I would like to show the way, I have to acknowledge the fact that not all lessons can be taught, and I must also admit that some lessons have to be simply learned. And let me say, without wavering, that being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
So please start learning because it is never too late to learn.
Can anyone see what’s wrong with the wordings (above) underlined in RED?
If you can’t, please take a long deep breath and look closely again. Still can’t make out?
Look again at the picture and read carefully the information associated with the ship…..the LST KD Raja Jarom.
(Just to recap briefly, this blog, with the help of her ex crew – Jack Harris – had to a certain extent covered HERE among other things:
(The departure of the Project Team or Advance Party from Paya Lebar Airport, the towing of the two LSTs from their disposal yard at Vallejo, California, the refurbishing at the Triple A (AAA) Shipyard, Hunters Point, San Francisco, the removal of three 200-years old cannons from Pulau Aur, off Mersing and the collision with the Japanese Tanker, Shoyu Maru in the Straits of Singapore).
Now, let’s return to the main objective of this posting: to dissect and analyse where PUSMAS has erred.
Across the word “Tauliah” or Commissioning is written 7 October 1976. Is that date correct, or wrong?
Next, click HERE and compare the events related to the date. According to Wikipedia, the aforesaid date is the date the LST was transferred to – and acquired by – the Royal Malaysian Navy.
Please note and understand that ‘Transfer’ and ‘Commissioning’ are two different things. They are, literally, light years apart.
Why trust Wikipedia? Who knows it could also be wrong!
If that is the argument, then let UPBB validate its claim via newspaper clipping (below) from the Straits Times dated 21 February 1977.
Comprehending the content of the report, and taking time zone into account, it can be safely deduced that KD Raja Jarom and KD Sri Banggi were commissioned in the United States on Saturday, 19 February 1977 and NOT 7 October 1976.
Can PUSMAS prove that UPBB is wrong? If it can, please provide evidence to the contrary?
Next, we look at the sentences underlined in Red across the word “Nota” which says that: “Berkhidmat dalam Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia secara pinjaman dari Tentera Laut Amerika Syarikat dan seterusnya ditauliahkan pada 1 Julai 1971…..”
What’s wrong with the “Nota”, and where are the mistakes, if there’s any?
Mistake number 1: At first it says: “Tauliah – 7 Oktober 1976”, and then it contradicts itself by saying “ditauliahkan pada 1 Julai 1971”.
Mistake number 2: The ship that was initially loaned by the US Navy is not USS Sedgwick County (KD Raja Jarom). The ship is USS Hunterdon County (KD Sri Langkawi), which sailed into the Straits of Johore and berthed for the first time at the Malaysian Base Jetty, Woodlands on 29 June 1971, and officially handed over to the RMN on Monday, 5 July 1971.
Mistake number 3: The Commissioning of KD Sri Langkawi was on Saturday, 10 July 1971 and NOT 1 July 1971, and the Commissioning Warrant was read by the Commanding Officer, Commander Chong Gan Son.
NOTE: Sequence of events before commissioning:
A. 29 June 1971 – USS Hunterdon County arrived at the MBJ.
B. 5 July 1971 - Handing over ceremony. (Since it’s absurd to commission the ship while the name of USS Hunterdon County can still be seen on the superstructure and the Pennant Number 838 on her Port and Starboard bow, RMN had to remove the American identity and replace them with Malaysian identity - KD Sri Langkawi A1500. All the conversion had to be done by 9 July 1971).
C. 10 July 1971 – Commissioning.
Click HERE for the picture of Doa Selamat held in conjunction with the Commissioning Ceremony at the MBJ.
And HERE for a brief discription and inside story of KD Sri Langkawi.
29 June 1971 – USS Hunterdon County, Pennant Number 838, was on her way to the Malaysian Base Jetty, Woodlands. The tall structure in the background is the Government Building, Bukit Timbalan, JB.
Should PUSMAS require proof pertaining to the Handing Over and Commissioning of KD Sri Langkawi, please refer to the newspaper reports below.
Need I say more ?