Gambar-gambar yang dimuat-naik di bawah ini adalah dari koleksi PTI Basha.
Pada tahun 1965, ABSM Basha menyahut seruan negara untuk menyertai latihan komando yang dikendalikan oleh 40th Commando Royal Marines.
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In 1965, the Ministry of Defence called for volunteers from the Army and Navy for Commando training.
On February 25, 1965, introductory training was conducted at Majidee Camp, Johor Bahru by the British 40th Commando Royal Marines. Those selected had to undergo six weeks Basic Commando Course.
This unit is partly based on the 40th Royal Marines Commandos and was then called MSSU (Malaysian Special Service Unit). Such was the beginning of the Malaysian GGK (Gerup Gerak Khas) and PASKAL (Pasukan Khas Laut).
With assistance from instructors from 40th Commando Royal Marines, the MSSU expanded, and in 1965 alone conducted six Basic Commando courses.
The Malaysian Commandos from MSSU comprising initially of special highly trained personnel (then from the Malaysian Army and the Royal Malaysian Navy) conducted special tasks and missions which included raids on key enemy installations, harassing enemy personnel, surveillance and collection of intelligence.
FROM PTI BASHA’S ACCOUNT:
ABSM Basha responded to the call for volunteers to join the newly formed MSSU in early 1965.
The group consisted of about 30 RMN personnel (one platoon) headed by Lt Cdr Cheah Leong Voon. Some of the members from the group were POSM Black Joe, LRSM Ungku Harun, ABME Tan (later became an MT pilot), ABSM Basha, ABSM Isa, ABSM Sidney, ABSM Ghazali (anak Jin), ABSM Ismail Chap (later became Captain of MISC vessel) and A/LREM Dollah Tahrin.
There’s another Chinese ME (Engineering Mechanic) in the group whose name Basha could not recall.
Upon completion of their basic commando course, this group was awarded the coveted “Green Beret”
Due to manpower constraint in the RMN, the group was called back after the Basic Commando Course. The group was supposed to continue with the advance commando training away from Majidee Camp, either in Malacca or Negeri Sembilan.
One particular RMN personnel who joined the MSSU on completion of his ODSM course, and later became one of the the pioneers in PASKAL was ODSM Mustapha ‘wireless’ from intake 2/65. He retired from the RMN (PASKAL) as Warrant Officer.
ABSM Basha subsequently became a PTI in RMN and rose in the rank. He was awarded the PPN by the King.
He completed his term of service and now, in his late sixties, is reaping the fruits for his hard work and dedication to the Royal Malaysia Navy, and country.
Recollecting those moments from a bygone era…braving the fury of Bay of Biscay and the Indian Ocean as one of the sailing crew of KD Sri Melaka, the turbulence of the South China Sea, the unpredictable swells of the Straits of Malacca, the gruelling training as the pioneer of the Malaysian Green Beret…the memories live on and on.
2nd Buffer KD Sri Trengganu 1969 – LRSM Isa – pernah menceritakan…Latihan yang paling mencabar ialah apabila dilepaskan di hutan dan diarah untuk sampai ke destinasi yang ditetapkan dalam masa tertentu. Dengan berbekalkan sebuah kompas dan sebilah pisau, survival bergantung kepada air sungai atau air dari pohon-pohon hutan, buah-buah dari tumbuhan liar dan apabila terdesak, daging ‘burung terbang duduk’ terasa begitu enak.