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Monday, December 29, 2014

Ops Ukur - Bhg 11

Sambungan dari sini...

Pada 18 Jun 1975, PGK telah menyerang hendap PK dan para juruukur yang mengakibatkan seramai 8 anggota PPH, 4 anggota Thai Border Patrol Police (TBPP), dan 3orang juruukur terkorban, manakala3 anggota PPH dan dua  anggota TBPP cedera di sempadan berhampiran Sintok. 49256 Konst. Yahya Bin Hassan, angggota Platun 16, Kompeni D, 6 PPH, menceritakan bahawa beliau berada di pangkalan kem semasa kejadian berlaku. Menurut beliau, platunnya dijadualkan untuk mengiringi juruukur untuk kerja-kerja ukur pada 17 Jun tetapi dibatalkan kerana cuaca buruk. Ketiadaan aktiviti ini diambil kesempatan oleh PGK untuk memasang JS di permatang yang akan dilalui oleh PK dan juruukur. 
Bersama En Yahya di Bagan Serai, Perak, pada 29/11/2014

Keesokan hari, 18 Jun, tugas mengiri juruukut diambil alih oleh Platun 14. Mereka bertolak dari pangkalan kem mengikuti permatang pada jam lebih kurang 7:00. Pada jam lebih kurang 7:40, terdengar letupan kuat diikuti dengan tembakan bertubi-tubi. Setelah tembak-menembak berhenti, PK yang berada di pangkalan kem telah pergi ke lokasi untuk mengambil mangsa-mangsa. Menurutnya lagi, PGK telah memasang JS sepanjang 200 ela di atas permatang. Apabila platun dan juruukur berada dalam zon bunuh (killing zone), PGK telah meletupkan JS yang mengakibatkan ada yang terbunuh dan cedera. PGK telah menembak mati anggota-anggota yang cedera. Ada mangsa yang pura-pura mati bagi mengelak daripada dibunuh.

Sebelum itu, mereka membuat beberapa strecer menggunakan buluh dan hammock kanvas. Mereka diingatkan tidak mengalih  mangsa-mangsa yang terkorban terus ke strecer. Peringatan ini bagi mengelak kemungkinan PKG meletakkan JS pada mangsa-mangsa. Kaedah yang digunakan ialah mengikat tangan atau kaki mangsa dengan tali dan menarik mangsa dari jarak jauh. Jika ada JS di bawah tindihan mayat, ia akan meletup. Mereka telah mengguna akar kayu sebagai tali. PGK hanya sempat meletakkan sebutir grenad pada anggota pertama (leading scout) yang terbunuh terkena tembakan. Apabila mayatnya ditarik, berlaku satu letupan grenad tangan yang diletak pada mayat tersebut. Mangsa-mangsa dari Malaysia diusung ke LP yang terletak lebih kurang 15 minit perjalanan daripada pangkalan kem manakala mangsa-mangsa Thailand dibawa ke pangkalan kem.

Helikopter Bell Iroquois Thailand tiba untuk mengambil dua casevacs dan empat bodevacs di pangkalan kem. Apabila tiba di LP, TBPP telah mengesan JS dipasang pada LP. Anggota TBPP telah mematikan JS dan dimusnahkannya kurang  lebih 200 ela dari LP. PGK telah memasang JS di LP kerana kedudukan LP bukannya di pangkalan kem. Sementara menunggu ketibaan Nuri, mayat-mayat mangsa ditutup dengan daun palas kerana hujan mula turun. 

Pada 18/6/75, jam lebih kurang 5.30 petang, Lt (U) Mior Zubir, Lt (U) Wan Munsif, dan Sjn Arumugam (KU) dengan Nuri FM1716 yang membuat detasemen di TUDM Butterworth, telah ditugaskan untuk mengambil casevacs dan bodevacs. Apabila mereka tiba di LP, hujan mulai turun dan hari hampir gelap. Menurut Arumugan, mayat-mayat terpaksa diletak atas lantai tanpa penutup dan tidak tersusun. Semua mangsa diterbangkan ke kem PPH Sungai Petani, Kedah. Arumugam mencatatkan pengalamannya “...The bodies were packed in the cabin with blood running like water on the floor. My boots and flying suit were drenched with blood. I never smoked before but on this incident the smell of blood was unbearable. I requested a cigarette from Capt. Mior and smoked to keep the smell away. The cockpit crew got a shock”.

Yahya menyatakan selepas mangsa-mangsa diterbangkan ke Sungai Petani, satu platun PPH telah diarah untuk mengawal LP. Keesokan hari, 19 Jun, Nuri yang dikendali oleh Mior Zubir dan kru terbang ke LP untuk membawa keluar semua anggota PPH dan JUPEM. 

Anggota-anggota yang terkorban ialah:

1. JUPEM - En Harun Bin Kadir, En Kamaruddin Bin Samad, dan En Zainal Abidin Bin Sidek. 

2. PPH – Konst. Saparman Bin Nasron, Konst. Mohd Nor Bin Tumin, Konst. Maduin Bin Abd Wahab, Konst. Alizar bin Sarunan, Konst. Sal’an Bin Ahmad Siraj, Konts. Mohd Zahid Bin Jumangat, dan Konst. Abu Nordin Bin Ibrahim.

3. TBPP – Pbt Prasert Meesri, Pbt Daloh Thepwarin, Pbt Vichit Chulok, dan Pbt Chan Khamsunthorn.
Jumlah yang terkorban ialah 15. 11 terkorban yang disiar oleh TST adalah rakyat Malaysia. Anggota TBPP tidak dilaporkan 

Jika nakkan tahu lebih lagi tentang Ops Ukur, boleh baca nukilan di sini.

Muzium PDRM, En Yahya, En Mohd Makros, dan En Alakasvaran....Terima kasih.

Nota: Saya berharap ada di antara para pembaca yang terlibat dalam insiden ini sedia menceritakan pengalaman mereka. Sekurang-kurangnya dapat mengesahkan cerita ini, wallahualam.  Harap emel pada saya di nibsny@yahoo.com. Terima kasih.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ops Ukur - Bhg 1

Sedikit sejarah tentang Ops Ukur.

Treaty Of Bangkok 1909 di antara Inggeris dan Thailand telah menentukan sempadan Malaya dan Thailand..."Commencing from the most seaward point of the northern bank of the estuary of the Perlis River and thence north to the range of hills which is the watershed between the Perlis River on the one side and the Pujoh River on the other; then following the watershed formed by the said range of hills until it reaches the main watershed or dividing line between those rivers which flow into the Gulf of Siam on the one side and into the Indian Ocean on the other; following this main watershed so as to pass the sources of the Sungei Patani, Sungei Telubin and Sungei Pergau; then leaving the main watershed and goind along the watershed separating the waters of the Sungei Pergau from the Sungei Telubin to the hill called Bukit Jeli or the source of the main stream of the Sungei Golok".  (Maaf le. Peta menunjukkan sempana memang ada tapi tak reti nak copy & paste dari pdf...he...he...he) 

Berlandaskan kepada Treaty tersebut, kerja-kerja penandaan dan pengukuran bermula pada 1910-1912 oleh Inggeris dan Thai. Melalui MOU di antara Malaysia dan Thailand pada 8/9/72, kerja-kerja menyelenggara batu-batu tanda  sempadan darat dilaksanakan. Tugas ini telah dimulakan di Perlis pada 6 Julai 1973 dan berakhir di Kelantan pada 26 September 1985. 

Ops Ukur ini melibatkan anggota JUPEM dan Royal Thai Survey Department. Kehadiran PK sangat diperlukan kerana kegiatan PGK begitu aktif di kawasan sempadan. Bagi menentukan keselamatan juruukur, Pasukan Kesalamatan kedua-dua negara diaturgerak untuk mengiringi mereka. Pihak Malaysia melibatkan PPH manakala Thailand oleh Thai Border Police. Sebelum Ogos 1977, operasi ini 100% dipertanggungjawab kepada PPH. ATM hanya diwakili oleh, tak lain dan tak bukan...'the old but faithful iron birds...Nuri'. Selepas Ogos 1977, Tim Pemusnah Jerangkap Samar  (TPJS) menyertai Ops Ukur di Durian Burung, Kedah Darulaman. Tugas utama mereka sudah pastilah untuk memusnahkan jerangkap samar.
Menunggu ketibaan 'talian hayat'...Nuri

Keperluan warga Thai dihantar oleh Bell Iroquois

PGK tidak melepaskan peluang untuk menembak siburung Nuri. Dalam satu insiden pada 29/5/78,  FM1724, yang dikendalikan oleh Kapt (U) Chong Keng Lay, Lt M Adzli dan Sjn Charles, telah dijadikan 'target practice' oleh PGK. Mujurlah yang kena tembak hanyalah bahagian pylon. Sebuah Nuri telah di'written-off' apabila terhempas pada 1982 semasa membuat tugas Ops Ukur di kawasan Batu Melintang.

Menurut rekod JUPEM, sepanjang operasi ini, musibah yang berlaku kepada tim Malaysia ialah seperti berikut:

                               Cedera                 Terkorban
                        JS    S/Hendap

1. PPH            57        3                           8
2. RAJD         1 2                                    2 (JS)
3. JUPEM       14                                    4 (3 S/Hendap & seorang semasa kecelakaan Nuri)

Data ini diperolehi apabila pegawai JUPEM singgah di Jitra pada 14/11/14 dalam perjalan mereka balik ke Taiping setelah menghadiri mesyuarat di Hatyai.

Dari kiri: Alakasvaran, NIBS, Mohd Makros

Nak tahu bagaimana 11 warga Malaysia yang terkorban angkara serang hendap? Bersambung....

Thursday, December 4, 2014

You Can Do It Too

What is happiness? To me, when my minute contributions help others to help themselves (click here). I received the following email from one  En Xxx X.X on 3/12/14, 7.17 PM, which bring joy to me....
Hi major..
...which is not measurable with RM!

En Xxx X.X...You can do it too.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pakar Rujuk

Pada 15/11/2014, saya terima emel berikut daripada seorang hamba Allah...

Subject: Pertayaan mengenai HCV
To: nibsny@yahoo.com

Hi, Salam dan apa khabar En Nor Ibrahim? Diharap anda sihat di samping isteri tersayang. Tujuan saya menulis email kepada en Nor adalah berkenaan penyakit HCV. Saya adalah salah seorang pengidap HCV dan secara tidak sengaja terjumpa blog en Nor bertarikh Saturday, December 5, 2009 (di sini) dan terbaca article mengenai pengalaman isteri en Nor yang pulih dari rawatan HCV. 

Saya dinasihati oleh doktor untuk menerima rawatan memandangkan umur yang masih muda iaitu 36 tahun dan HCV saya adalah peringkat yang boleh dirawati tetapi saya menolak memandangkan terdapat banyak kesan sampingan dan diberitahu kemungkinan virus ini akan serang kembali walaupun selepas rawatan. Boleh saya tahu adakah isteri en nor sembuh 100% dari HCV sampai ke hari ini kerana saya dalam pertimbangan untuk menerima rawatan jika ada pesakit yang sembuh 100%. Doktor saya juga mengatakan ada ubat baru yang akan sampai ke malaysia tetapi saya masih ragu-ragu. Diharap email ini dibaca oleh en nor dan  sudi dibalas untuk saya mendapatkan khidmat sumber rujukan pada masa akan datang. sekian terima kasih.

Saya telah menyarankan kepada isteri agar beliau respons emel pengirim. Beliau bersetuju dan ini responsnya...

As Salam, Xxxx.

Suami saya sarankan saya sendiri menjawab email saudari. Saya agak berbeza dari saudari kerana saya tidak langsung teragak-agak bersetuju untuk dirawat apabila diberitahu saya perlu menjalani rawatan walaupun pada masa itu umur saya sudah mencecah 56 tahun! Saya bersetuju bukan kerana saya tidak tahu kesan dari rawatan. Saya telah google semua tentang HCV sebelum doktor menerangkan segalanya.

Matlamat saya hanya satu. Saya hendak sembuh dengan kehendak Allah, sudah pasti. Saya bertekad akan mengharungi segala kesan walaupun perit. Saya bukannya berbadan tegap dan kuat sangat pun. Berat saya ketika itu 49.3 kg dan tinggi saya 160cm. Perlu diingat saya 20 tahun lebih tua daripada saudari apabila saya mulakan rawatan.

Betul seperti apa yang kita selalu dengar. Jangan percaya segala apa yang diceritakan orang atau apa yang kita baca. Selalunya ditokok tambah untuk menyedapkan cerita. Saya agak terkejut apabila mendapati kesan rawatan tidaklah seteruk yang saya dengar dan baca. Hanya pada peringkat permulaan sahaja, lebih kurang dua minggu, agak kuat sedikit kesannya. Itu pun saya masih boleh berjalan seperti biasa. Bukan terbaring saja. Selepas badan sudah dapat menyesuaikan dengan ubat yang dimakan, keadaan saya tidaklah seteruk mana pun. Tetapi selera makan memang tiada. Saya ambil kesempatan ini untuk makan makanan kegemaran saya iaitu chocolates.

Rambut memang gugur tetapi tidaklah sampai botak seperti chemotherapy. Orang tidak akan nampak kesan keguguran rambut.

Tiada siapa pun boleh memberi kepastian penyakit akan sembuh selepas rawatan. Tetapi saya tiada pulihan lain. That was my only chance and I didn't want to waste it. Syukur Alhamdulillah selepas 6 bulan rawatan, virus sudah tidak dapat dikesan dalam badan saya. Saya masih perlu di periksa setiap tahun dan 6 tahun sudah pun berlalu. Untuk menjawab soalan saudari samada saya sudah sembuh, setakat ini saya sembuh. What lies ahead only Allah knows. Wallahualam.

Si hamba Allah bertanya lagi kepada isteri saya sama ada beliau dah 100% sembuh. Ni masalah beso. Percayalah....Tiada super-duper pakar boleh memberi gerenti 100% virus HCV dah dimusnahkan. Nasihat saya, jangan bio keadaan dah sampai ketahap seperti dalam gambar ini baru nak berubat. Pada pandangan pakar serba-serbi ini, di waktu itu mungkin agak payah sikit kut. 

Dah ke tahap busung

Pandangan sudah diberi. Yang akan menanggung adalah tuan punya badan. Kita hanya mampu berusaha diikuti mengguna senjata yang paling hebat pemberianNya...DOA untuk yang TERBAIK. Selepas itu, redha sajalah apa jua penentuan Allah, wallahualam.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ghostly Encounter - The End

Continuation from here...

We had landed without any spare clothing nor food. We could be stranced fro any number of days, we can guess. We were starting to smell after a long day's work. There was also no place we could go to buy food for dinner for the night. All we had that night was anything we could scrounge from the survival packs carried int the aircraft. There was NOT even a place to sleep and the Captain contemplated sleeping inside the Nuri. The OCS offered us to spend the night at the Station but there was only one spare bed in a shared room, and an empty room where were we could sleep on the floor.

The Captain took the offer. He offered the bed t me, but I offered it to the AQM who offered it to the Corporal. In the morning, we were offered some tea for breakfast. We spend the day listening for the sound of aircraft hoping for the spare to arrive. Nothing happened.

The second night the bed was taken by the AQM. The rest of us slept on the floor in the empty room. The next day we again spent waiting to any sound of aircraft to come with spare but still no sign.

The next night it was my turn to take the spare bed and the others slept on the floor of the empty room.  There were 2 beds in this room. The other was occupied by one policeman. He was asleep by 2130 hrs. We normally spent some time chatting among the crew before knocking off to bed. By the time I hit the bed, it was well past midnight. I laid down to bed slowly so as not awaken the other person.

As soon as I had closed my eyes to sleep, I felt the bed started to shake and rock. It was shaking so hard I thought it was an earthquake. The guy on the other bed slept on. Then only I realised only by was shaking and rocking. I started to panic. The stories by the policemen about the Station being haunted started to fill my mind. I tried to keep calm and the bed stopped rocking.

I recited some verses form the holy  Quran, and went to sleep. Once again the bed started to shake violently as soon as I close my eyes. This time I felt as if someone was pressing me down against the bed. I shouted for help, apparently no voice came out. No one had heard my scream, not even the policeman sleeping the next bed. The the bed started to float??? Must be my imaginations!!! NO it wasn't. The bed had actually levitated an started to move around, even coming close to the other bed. I tried to reach my hand to the other bed, but my bed moved further and back to original position.I tried to keep calm, and after some long minute,s the bed stopped shaking. I sat up on the bed. After some thoughts I stood up. Walked out of the room and knocked on the door where the Captain and the rest of the crew were sleeping.  I slept in the spare room until morning.

In the morning the AQM asked me 'Tuan, you pun kena kah last night?' Apparently both the Corporal and the AQM had the same experience when sleeping the spare bed BUT somehow managed to complete their night staying awake in bed until morning. We again hoped that the spare would arrive in this day for it had been 3 nights without any change of clothing - just the flying suit,

At about 1100 hrs, we heard the sound of an Alouettte 111 helicopter coming our direction. Indeed it was our recovery and saviour aircraft flown by Major Nawi (OC 5 Sqn) and Lt Sapree. We were extremely happy to see them. After carrying out the seal change, aircraft flew back to Sandakan.

A ghostly encounter.

Maj Musa Hassan....Thank you.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ghostly Encounter - Pt 1

6-10 September 2014, there was an "Open Interview" for xNuri crews held at RMAF museum, Kuala Lumpur. Mind you, it wasn't a job application. You see, a production house is making a documentary film on the "old by faithful iron bird, the Nuri". So those appreciative people invited xNuri crews to tell our experiences. There was no formal invitation, only through WhatsApp, facebook and messages.  Of course, I wouldn't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Furthermore, it was a reunion of sort.

I met quite a number of colleagues whom I haven't met for quite sometimes, including Dato' Fauzi, Dato' Nawi, Dato' Goh S.T., Maj Peter Wong, Maj Musa, WO Thesigan, WO Mohsain, and WO Salehuddin.
From left: WO1 Thesigan, Maj Musa, Maj Peter Wong, Brig Gen Dato Goh S.T., Lt Col Roslan TUDM, Fitri, Nor Ibrahim

Musa was kind enough to give me his flying experiences' notes for my research. And on my part, I would like to share one of his interesting stories.

Date: 29th Dec 1973
Airframe: FM1146
Callsign: Badak 731
Crew: Sqn Ldr Chin Yon Fong, Plt Off Musa bin Hassan, Sgt Munusamy, Cpl Naidu (AF)
Route: Sandakan - Pulau Jambongan - Sandakan
Total Hours flown: 9:30

Mission: Re-supply and Troops change 1 RAMD

Aircraft was returning to Sandakan Airport after a second sortie load of rations for the troops of 1 RAMD on Pulau Jambongan, flying at 3,000 feet. At exactly overhead the village of Terusan Sugut on the east coast of the State of Sabah, my nose picked a sweet aroma. I made it known to the Captain who instructed the AQM to have a visual look for any sign of liquid flowing on the aircraft window. The AQM reported positive sight of 'red' coloured fluid flowing down the first window on the post side of  the aircraft. It was hydraulic fluid.

The Captain ordered me to carry out 'landing checks' and to make a 'pan call' and told me that we were having a primary hydraulic failure. In the next few seconds, the 'primary hydraulic' failure warning light on the instrument panel had illuminated and the 'primary hydraulic'' gauge had the needle dropped to zero. I had carried out the orders of the Captain and that the Sandakan Airport control tower had acknowledged my 'pan ' call by saying 'your pan call copied, call again airborne'. I thought it was quite a joke, so did the Captain.

The Captain executed a normal landing for the landing gears were down and locked in time before the aircraft lost total pressure of the  primary hydraulics. It was a small grass field about 50 metres in front the village of Trusan Sugut Police Station. The time was about 1215 hrs. It was just luck that Cpl Naidu decided to come along on this flight, 'cos he was an Airframe Tech. After an inspection of the system, he confirmed that we had a primary hydraulic pump seal leak.

None of the villagers came out to meet us on landing, NOT even a policeman. It was well after 1400 hrs before the first local person came to greet us and it was one of the policemen who came from Melaka. He offered us shelter at the Police Station and with the use of the Police Radio, the Captain managed to pass a message to RMAF Labuan of the snag  and asked for recovery and spare part replacement. The Nuri base was RMAF Kuching and it might take days before the spare part would reach us.

Later in the afternoon, we were met by more policemen from the Station. They had all gone to do their patrols during the day and had come back by 1800 hrs. There were only 9 policemen at the Station and the OCS was a Corporal, a Sabahan.

To be continued....   

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Flying "Pongos" - The End

Continuation from here...
We were also brought on vacation to Miami Florida for sight seeing and to wind down.

 Miami International Airport
  
Biscayne Bay Hotel, Maimi

 Kennedy Point – The Torch of Friendship Maimi Florida

During this time, in the late 1960s, there still existed the colour bar in the US. I was refused a room in one of the motel because of my colour although the hotel management does not say so directly. There was “Vacancy” sigh lighted up outside the hotel, but when I went in to check, the manager on duty said that all the rooms were taken up already.

There were also sign boards like “BLACK ONLY or WHITE ONLY” at some of the beaches that I visited.

On one occasion, one of the simulator instructors refused to take me for a lesson, he did not say as such but when I reported to him, he told me to wait and off he went; after a while, another instructor came and took his place. This happened in Alabama. In Texas no such thing happened.
  


Maj Gen Dato' Fauzi Bin Hussain....Thank you Dato'.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Flying "Pongos" - Part 3

Continuation from here...

There were about 200 helicopters at Ft Wolters to cater for the training and they were parked about 2 or 3 km from our classrooms, hence we have to take the shuttle bus to get there. To go there was a problem but to find the helicopter was also a headache because there were rows and rows of helicopter parked in an apron of a few km big.

The bus driver, being an experienced man and had served at Ft Wolters for a long could always be relied upon to find our helicopter.

Although, I found the flying tough initially, I managed to get through the program and graduated to the flying tactical phase at Ft Rucker. 

 UH 1D Huey Iroquis
  
At Ft Rucker, all of us were accommodated in the Bachelor’s Officers Quarters (BOQ). Some of the rooms were simple with the bed, tables, chairs and sofa together in one room. I had the pleasure of being given a bigger room with the bedroom and the living room separate. My room also had the kitchenette attached.  So, most of the cooking was done in my room. All the rooms were equipped with a refrigerator and with the bathrooms attached.

This accommodation was very comfortable and was given to us free of charge.

 In front of my BOQ – note the flight uniform, we all flew in the OG green fatique

Ft Rucker flying was different from the previous one. We trained on the Iroquois UH 1A  – D series, the same type helicopter that were used in Vietnam. Most of the flying was done tactically. During the tactical deployment phase, we had to sleep in the field in make shift huts near our helicopters.  

This was to simulate the conditions in Vietnam. If we were attacked even at night, we have to start up the helicopter and fly off to another airfield just like what they did in Vietnam. 


In the cockpit of the UH ID Iroquis

Most of the flying here were done in formation.  The simulated troop lift, medical evacuation, load carrying under-slung were done in formation of 6 helicopters simulating a flight. Sometimes this could be frightening as we were all student pilots and had very few hours on the Huey. We even flew formation at night, though a bit of a loose formation.

During my stay at Ft Rucker and Ft Wolters, there were a lot of crashes, sometimes fatal. The airspace was always busy with helicopters here and there and if we do not follow laid down procedures, accidents were bound to happen. Just imagine a hundred helicopters flying in a restricted airspace by student pilots, anything can happen, so we have to be on special alert all the time. We have to look out for the other helicopters and avoid them if they come too near to us. Sometimes the other pilots become too engrossed in doing their exercises and were not aware of the others in the area.

 Deep sea fishing at Panama City, the two guys behind me are officers from the Royal Thai Air Force

  Only one fish ?
  
From left Capt Hanafi, 2LT James Thompson, self and 2 LT Steven during the Visit to the 6 Flags of Texas.

To be continued.....

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Flying "Pongos" - Part 2

Continuation from here.....

Preflight the OH 23D heli before flight

The real heli - OH 23 D Raven, the heli that we flew on our initial training phase.OH 23D Raven, notice that the heli was without doors.

The Raven OH 23D, was a basic bare aircraft. All of them were very old as they were of the Korean War vintage. Most were without doors. In winter, if we were schedule to fly early in the morning, we used to go to our allocated helicopter as early as possible; and if we see that it is without doors, we used to steal the doors from the next nearby helicopter.

Before flight on OH 23D

What we do was to go to the next nearest helicopter that has doors; jettisoned them and fix them to our helicopter. Sometimes this could be very embarrassing and comical because the owner of the nearby helicopter can claim back his doors, and if we could not find any other replacement, than we have to fly without the doors and suffer the cold winter morning

The opposite happened during the summer time. The weather in Texas can be very hot and we used to jettison the doors of our helicopter so that we could get some fresh cool air in because our aircraft has no air condition.

The instrument phase of this initial flying was done on the Hughes TH 13T. Again this aircraft were of the Korean War vintage also and some of them can be rickety and noisy.

We had to fly 40 hours on this helicopter and at the end of this phase we have to take an exam. Only when we passed this exam, can we graduate and proceed to the tactical phase at Ft Rucker, Alabama.

Preparing to fly the TH 13 T Hughes helicopter, I flew my instrument phase on this 

To be continued.... 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Flying "Pongos"

Readers....Malaysian government signed a contract with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation for the procurement of 10 Nuris in 1967. The first batch of 3 Nuris arrived at Port Swettenham in January 1968. During this period, the RMAF was expanding by leaps and bounds. New flying assets were either procured or given FOC. As a result, the Flying Training School, RMAF Alor Setar, was unable to churn out enough pilots to man those wonderful flying machines.

One of the ways to overcome this manpower shortage was to invite army officers to join the air force as helicopter pilots. The successful candidates were sent to Uncle Sam for training. Throughout the period 1967-1969, 7 army officers answered the challenge and were sent to Fort Walters and later to Fort Rucker. Capt Fauzi Hussain was one of them (retired Maj Gen Dato' - Deputy Air Force Chief).

I'm very fortunate that Dato' Fauzi was willing to share his experiences during his flying training days.

 Fauzi Hussain – heli flying trg in the US

During the year of 1965 and 1966, the Government conducted very intensive ground operations against the Communists Terrorists along the Thai-Malaysian border.

Because of this, the RMAF was hard pressed to support the Army units in carrying out their ground operations as there was not enough aircraft /helicopters and pilots.   To cater for this shortfall, government ordered a squadron of new S 61 Nuri helicopters (18 aircrafts) from the US. As for the pilot, the RMAF decided to recruit them from the teeth arm of the army (infantry, arty, engineers, Rangers) to be sent to the USA for helicopter training.

Many officers from the army volunteered.  The criteria for selection was that the officers must be of Captain rank, have passed their Lt to Captain promotion examination and medically fit. They have to undergo the air aptitude test and medical examination. Those who passed were sent to United States Army Helicopter Training School, Ft Wolters, Texas for basic helicopter training. This first phase of training lasted for 5 months.

 After passing my medical and aptitude test conducted by the RMAF, on 1st Jan 1967, I went to the US Army Aviation Flying Training School in Fort Wolters for my basic training and Ft Rucker for my tactical flying phase.
In front of our BOQ – Jan 1967

 When I went for the helicopters training I was already a Captain with 4 years seniority in the rank, I was only made a squadron leader on 21st Sept 1970; after been a captain for more than 7 years. I was forgotten by the army because I was serving with the air force and I was not planned for promotion by the air force because I was from the army. 


 Malaysian trainee pilots from left Fg Offr Peter Wong, Capt Mahmood Zain, Fg Offr Steven Ngiau TK, Capt Fauzi, Capt Hanafi, Capt Ahmad Azizah 

I was in the third batch to be sent for the training. Before me were Capt Mahmood Zain (died in a helicopter accident at Bintulu, Sarawak) and Capt Ahmad Azizah Zain, both from the Royal Malay Regiment. The 2nd batch consisted of RMAF officers, Flying Officer Steven Ngiau and Flying Officer Peter Wong. These two officers were already qualified pilots on fixed wing and were sent to be US to be converted to helicopter flying.

 My batch consisted of Captain Hanafi Mahmood and me.

With Capt Hanafi 


On a mock up of OH 23 D 

Flying discipline was strict during this time.  In the 1960s, the Vietnam War was at its height and a lot of casualties were suffered by the US ground troops especially the infantry (the grunts), the helicopters and their pilots.

Every month about 200 pilots passed out from this school to go to the advance tactical flying phase at Ft Rucker, Alabama.

To be continued....

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sesi "Temuduga"

6-9 September 2014...Saya berada di Muzium TUDM, KL, kerana menghadiri sesi "temuduga terbuka". Bukan nak mencari kerja tetapi untuk menceritakan  pengalaman semasa menjadi dreba the old but faithful iron birds...Nuri. Saya bersyukur kerana ada pihak yang sudi nak buat filem dokumentari tentang Nuri. Jadi, saya pun terbang le ke KL. Sesi tersebut boleh dikatakan satu perjumpaan rakan2 lama.

Nuri mula berada dalam inventori TUDM pada 1968. Pada sesi tersebut, terdapat otai2 pelopor No 7 dan No 10 Skn turut hadir.  Antara mereka ialah ialah Peter Yuen, Dato' Fauzi, Dato' Nawi, Oon L.H., Raja Mohamed, Peter Wong, Abdullah Basirun, & Thesigen.

Antara yang saya sempat jumpa ialah...

Berdiri dari kiri: Mej Musa, NIBS, Fitri, Mej Peter Wong
Duduk dari kiri: Lt Kol Roslan TUDM (Pengarah Muzium), Lt Kol Mior Zubir

Dari kiri: PW1 Thesigen, Musa, Peter Wong, Brig Jen Dato' Goh S.T, Roslan, Fitri, NIBS 

Dari kiri: Musa, PW1 Salehuddin (pencipta "Saleh Stretcher"), NIBS, PW1 Mohsain

Lt Kol Khairudin, Kol Amin, Salehuddin, NIBS, Kol Zainal Piee

Duduk dari kiri: Lt Kol Peter Yuen, Roslan, NIBS
Berdiri: Lt Kol Ismail Yahya

Duduk dari kiri: Musa, NIBS, Lt Jen Dato' Nawi, Redza
Berdiri dari kiri: Mej Sukumaran TUDM, Lt Kol Basri (RAJD)

Dari kiri: Musa, ????, Mej Jen Dato' Fauzi, NIBS, Sukumaran, Mohsain 

Saya terpaksa balik ke Jitra pada 9/9/14 kerana 2 buah sekolah telah mengundang hero veteran ini pada 10 dan 11 Sep 14. Jadi tak sempat nak jumpa mereka berikut:

Dari kiri: Mohsain, PW1 Abdullah Basiron

Dari kiri: Mej Oon Lye Hock, Lt Kol Mahayudin (Jutera No 10 Skn)

Dari kiri: Kapt Raja Mohamed, Kapt Nasrun, PW1 Patrick Lee

Sepertimana yang sudah dijangka, pelbagai cerita yang saya tak pernah dengar mula timbul pada hari itu. Allah betul2 mempermudahkan saya melaksanakan kajian saya, syukur alhamdulillah.

Kepada  kesemua mereka yang hadir semasa sesi tersebut....Terima kasih kerana dapat meluangkan masa. 

Kepada Redz Production....Terima kasih kerana menghargai pengorbanan kami semua.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sate Nuri

Readers...My last posting was on the broken main rotor blade (click here). Now I was told of an incident of  broken tail rotor blades by a very experienced captain, Capt Wong Yoon Fatt of MHS.

Tail rotor malfunction on S 61 A 4 Nuri Helicopter

Many of my friend asked if I have ever experienced a real emergency while flying. The answer is a YES. I have todate about 18,000 plus hours on helicopters and another thousand on light fixed wing so the law of averages catches up once a while. One very serious emergency happened to me 29 years ago when I was serving in 7 Squadron, RMAF Kuching. The date was 9 Oct 1980 and I was a new "C" category captain on the Sikorsky S 61 A4 (Nuri) helicopter in the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Looking back at my log book I had just accumulated 1000 hrs at that time. On that eventful day, I was tasked to do a training flight with a co pilot. This is the time when we polish up our flying skills and in those days every pilot has to do 3 hours of training flight per month.
The sortie was a running change with my squadron commander. Running change means the aircraft has been started and flown and I just hop in to take the aircraft to continue my flight. When the squadron commander handed me the aircraft he told me the aircraft had some vibrations and I will have to enter the defect in the tech log after my sortie. So away I went to the training area in Santubong , North of Kuching airport. One of the exercises that we practice is an autorotation..you know just in case both the engines flame out together. I selected an area and did a practice autorotation aiming for that cleared patch. By 500 ft above ground level, I initiated power to recover from the autorotation. Suddenly, there was a "cracking" sound and the whole aircraft and the controls vibrated violently. Pedals vibrations were severe and there was limited control and instruments could not be read. I lowered the collective level and re entered into autorotaion and this time to land. Things happened very fast but suddenly everything seem to come in slow motion. Flashes of family and boyhood seems to come and go. Several MAYDAY calls were made and it was acknowledged by an MAS aircraft.


What seemed like a nice carpet of grass at 1000 ft now looks like a swamp and worst of all there were a lot of abandoned poles sticking upright. These poles were for the pepper farm and it is solid hard wood. Using all the skill that I had been taught in the Air Force, I managed to avoid the poles (otherwise it will be a satay helicopter!). Of course, my co pilot Lt M (u) Kamal (at that time) and Sgt Sharom played an important part in the successful forced landing.

After securing the helicopter we found the tail rotor blades had self destructed leaving only the spar. In those days, the tail was made of several rib pockets but after my incident (maybe a few more in the world) the blades were changed to honeycomb structures type .
The man in this picture is the first person to come over to the aircraft after I force landed. He gave us some hot Chinese tea which was very much appreciated. I revisited him a few days later and took this photo. Within an hour another Nuri helicopter came to our rescue and we were flown back to the base. In order for me to maintain my confidence, they made me do another flight the next day..a good idea.

The department of Flight Safety recognised that I had done a very good job and awarded me the Green Endorsement. This is the highest award for display of airmanship and skill in avoiding major disaster. I had been truely very lucky. However, throughout the later years I had several engine failures (seven in multi engine helicopters) and many more emergencies when I was flying microlights. I will write about it in this blog later. What all these emergencies had done to me is to make me a more matured and conservative pilot and not to take things for granted. In flying, there may be no second chance and as pilots we must take our chosen profession seriously.

Capt Wong Yoon Fatt

Visit Capt Wong's blog at http://pythonjoe.blogspot.com/ and  www.rusacamper.blogspot.com
Dear Friends....If you could spare a few minutes of your precious time, why not pen down your experiences and email them to me. It is high time  to let the rakyat know the contributions towards nation building via thee irons birds for posterity. And, if I have enough materials, I might seriously think of publishing another book, insyaAllah.

Capt Wong...Thank you.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Terrifying Vibration

A request for a story fulfilled....
MAIN ROTOR BLADE BROKE OFF IN FLIGHT INCIDENT On 16th January 1991 Near Bukit Gambir: By Capt Tien Sen An

On the 16th January 1991, I took over Nuri helicopter M23-12 from Capt Ravinder who did a VIP flight in the morning. My task was a comm flight to Singapore.  We took off from Sempang (RMAF KL) after lunch with 12 POB for Singapore. At the same time I was doing a Standard Checked on Capt Saadan, who was a D Cat captain who did a conversion from Alloutte captain to Nuri Captain and my crewman was Sjn Gobi Raja. I was on the Left seat.

Initially, en-route weather was good and we cruised at 3000’. After Seremban, weather started to come in, cloud started to build up. We had to descend to 2000’ to maintain VMC. As we passed a beam of Malacca, weather got worse; we slowly had to descend further to about 1000’ or below to maintain VMC.

As we passed a beam of Muar over Bukit Gambir, suddenly there was a very loud “bang”, as if the aircraft was being shot at and the aircraft immediately went into very severe vibrations, I reduced speed and lowered the collective quickly to autorotate. Aircraft vibrations were so severed, all the caution and advisory lights came on and off, it was like Christmas tree and then all the controls became very hard. Aircraft started to roll to the left, the retreating side and diving down. I told Capt Saadan to follow me  through on the controls as we tried to level the aircraft.

As we were going down, we only saw the ground. We saw the trunk road, a school field and rubber estate. As the vibrations were so severed and the controls were hard over, I decided to go for rubber estate for the landing as it can cushion the impact. Just before we crashed land the aircraft, suddenly we saw a row of houses in the rubber estate in front of us, we quickly pulled the cyclic to the right and aft as hard as we can to flare the aircraft to avoid those houses and reduce the rate of descend to cushion the landing. The aircraft responded and ………we saw the sky. We just continued to pull on all the controls very hard before we crashed to cushion the landing. 

While going down, there was a fast flash back of my life in my mind until the aircraft crashed and the flash back stopped. (Later I checked with Capt Saadan and Sjn Gobi Raja, they also experienced the same thing). As we crashed through the rubber trees, I covered my face with my hands and closed my eyes for the impact. Aircraft came to a sudden stopped; I opened my eyes and saw the windscreen cracked and can’t belief that I am still alive. And I looked at Capt Saadan, he also was alive. I quickly pulled both the speed levers back to shut off and shout for evacuation. As I looked back to the cabin, I only saw Maj Azmi, our Officer mess PMC /OC admin of KL Base still trying to climb the steps on the front passenger door to get out. All the other passengers had evacuated. I jumped out from my seat, and then pushed Maj Azmi out off the aircraft and shout at Capt Saadan to get out, but he was still jumping up and down on his seat as he forgot to unbuckle his seat belt. I shouted at him “buka seat belt”, he did as told, and then he evacuated from the aircraft. 

After evacuated the aircraft, I briefly checked around the wreckage and did a roll call for all on board and checked whether anyone was injured. It was a great surprised that none of the passengers was injured except my crewman Sjn Gobi Rajah, his palm has a cut because he was thrown forward to my seat, left seat; which has a weapon rack installed for crew’s weapons storage during the impact. He was thrown forward because he was on a monkey harness. He walked around to ensure everyone was strapped in before the impact (He did a very good job to ensure every passenger were strap in. A few of the passengers who were aircrew help him out as well to ensure all were strapped in), and I had a back pained.

After the roll called and checking on injury, I walked round the crashed aircraft again which was leaning against a tree to check on the damages in more details. I found the tail section was broken; four Main Rotor Blades broken and left with the root ends only with some part of the blade sleeve and another blade still intact at the rotor hub, but the rotor hub already opened up. The blade was without part of blade tip section. Both engines cracked and oil was leaking out. Left undercarriage collapsed as the aircraft landed on the left side. One small tree stump pock through from the bottom of the left side and hit the bottom of the left seat (Luckily it was an armoured chair, if not my back side “kena sula”). Whole aircraft was badly damaged.


After assessing the situation, I and my crew sat down for discussion for the next plan of actions. During the discussion, I said, “all of us survived”; all started to smile. I told them my next action plan. (During the discussion, I took a stick of cigarette from Sjn Gobi which he offered me and started to smoke, my first cigarette in 5 years as I had stopped smoking for 5 years). 

I went to the nearest house, a Chinese rubber tapper’s house to ask whether they have any house phone which I can make calls to 10 Squadron. The house owner was very helpful, told me to use the phone and offer us drinks as well.

I called up 10 Squadron Ops room. WO Mohana answered the called and I told him “I just survived a crashed, all on board are safe, and we need the SAR aircraft”. I think he was shocked and disbelieved, he asked me whether I am joking. I told him no, I am not joking. He then asked again, “how was the aircraft?” I told him, “it’s a complete write off.’ Then I passed him the coordinates, contact number of the Chinese small holder and told him to inform POTU.

Not too long after I made the phone call, a Police Range Rover came by (I think the kampong people must have informed the polis station about the crash) and asked what happened? I told the policemen we just crashed and I need to go to the police station to make a report, and also make a report to POTU as well.

After making the police report, we came back to the crashed side and waited for the rescue team or the SAR aircraft. About this time, some reporters and the kampong people had arrived at the crashed side and I have to stop them from taking pictures of the crashed aircraft.

About an hour plus after the crashed, the first SAR aircraft to arrive was from TUDM Kluang led by its Commandant, Lt Col (U) Goh Seng Toh, and the second SAR aircraft was from 10 Squadron led by Lt Col (U) Affendi Mustapha, which arrived about half an hour later.

I handed over the crashed aircraft to Lt Col (U) Affendi, CO of 10 Squadron. Later, all of us were airlifted back to KL base and send to IAM for medical checked up.  


Capt Tien Sen An PTU....Thank you.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

MERDEKA...MERDEKA...MERDEKA

SELAMAT MENYAMBUT HARI KEMERDEKAAN KE57 

MERDEKA...MERDEKA...MEREKA

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Tinggal Dalam Kenangan

Malam semalam saya terima WhatsApp daripada seorang juruterbang heli mengatakan Kapt Ridzuan Tajuddin telah meninggal dunia. Arwah adalah seorang juruterbang syarikat Hornbill, Kuching. Menurut Kapt Tien, arwah terlibat dalam satu kemalangan 3-4 minggu sudah. Selepas keluar hospital di Kuching, arwah terpaksa dikejarkan semula ke ICU disebabkan jangkitan kuman. Jenazah akan disemadikan di Tanah Perkuburan Sg Udang, Melaka, selepas zohor hari ini, 18/8/14, insyaAllah.

Saya mengenali arwah ketika beliau berkhidmat dengan saya di No 5 Skuadron, TUDM Labuan, di suatu ketika dulu (klik di sini).

Mereka yang telah pergi. Bertinggung dari kiri: mendiang Lt (U) James Tingom, arwah Sjn Ibrahim. Berdiri tengah: 4 dari kiri dengan cermin mata arwah Lt (U) Mohd Merejok, arwah Lt (U) Ridzuan (21/3/84)

Al-Fatihah.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lahirnya Skuadron Nuri

Kajian saya memerlukan saya mencungkil sejarah awal ketibaan Nuri dan penubuhan No 7 & No 10 Skuadron. Kedua-dua skuadron tersebut ditubuhkan pada  Januari 1968 dengan Sqn Ldr Mohamad Ngah (arwah. Bersara Lt Jen Tan Sri, xPTU) sebagai Ketua No 7 Skn dan Sqn Ldr Ben Lee (kini menetap di Auckland, NZ) sebagai Ketua No 10 Skn. Ben Lee adalah QHI pertama TUDM. Buat permulaan, skn2 tersebut ditempatkan di TUDM Kuantan. No 7 Skn hanya berpindah ke TUDM Kuching pada Jun 1969 dengan Sqn Ldr Ahmad Merican sebagai Ketua Skuadron (arwah. Bersara Mej Jen Dato', TPTU). Mohamad Ngah memegang teraju No 7 Skn hanya 4 bulan sahaja setelah beliau ditukar ke Kuching sebagai Pegawai Memerintah pada Mei 1968. Sebelum perpindahan skn ke Kuching, Ben Lee  memangku jawatan Ketua No 7 Skn.


Ihsan Buku Scrap No 3 Skn

Pada Mei 1968,  kesemua 10 Nuri yang ditempah telah berada di Kuantan. OCU (Operational Conversion Unit) ditubuhkan oleh Flt Lt Don Geddes (QHI), juruterbang RAF yang dipinjamkan ke TUDM. Seorang lagi QHI ialah Fg Off Mike Betts. Mereka ditugas melaksanakan kursus 'conversion' ke Nuri. Selain mentadbir 2 skuadron, Ben Lee turut membantu menkonversi para juuterbang. Dipendekkan cerita, sehingga Disember 1968, jumlah kru Nuri ialah seramai 31 orang untuk mengendali 10 buah pesawat untuk tugas utamanya memberi mobiliti udara kepada PK di seluruh negara. Mereka terpaksa membuat detasmen di Kuching, Labuan dan juga Butterworth. Pelopor-pelopor adalah seperti berikut:

A. Kapten:
  1. Sqn Ldr Ben Lee.
  2. Flt Lt Don Geddes (mendiang).
  3. Flt Lt Ahmad Merican.
  4. Flt Lt Peter Yuen.
  5. Flt Lt Oon Lye Hock.
  6. Fg Off Mike Betts.
  7. Fg Off David Bailey (RAF).
  8. Fg Off Derek Martin. Kembali ke Singapura setelah berpisah dengan Malaysia. 
  9. Fg Off Terry Loh (mendiang).             - sama -  
B. Co-pilot:
  1. Kapt Fauzi Hussain.
  2. Kapt Ahmad Azizah.
  3. Lt Nawi Alias.
  4. Lt Richard Jalleh (kini menetap di Perth, Australia).
  5. Plt Off Harun Ayob.
  6. Plt Off Mustaffa.
  7. Plt Off Peter Wong.
  8. Plt Off Stephen Ngiau (mendiang).
  9. Plt Off Selvakumar.
  10. Plt Off Eddy Yong.
  11. Plt Off Raja Mohamed.
  12. Plt Off Jamaludin (arwah).
C. KU (AQM):
  1. Sjn Mohd Isa.
  2. Sjn Abdullah Basirun.
  3. Sjn Ramli Hassan.
  4. Sjn Chin Kit Beng.
  5. Sjn Chong Ngit Seng.
  6. Sjn Lai Kam Tak (mendiang).
  7. Sjn Thesigan.
  8. Sjn Tharma Singh.
  9. Sjn Surinder Singh.
  10. Sjn Manoharan. 
Itulah secebis sejarah No 7 & No 10 Skn. Jika terdapat kesilapan fakta, harap maklum saya untuk diperbetulkan. Juga, saya menghargai jika terdapat para pembaca yang sedia menyumbang bahan2 sejarah, termasuk gambar, peta, dll. Harap emel pada saya di nibsny@yahoo.com. Terima kasih.

Dato Fauzi, Dato Nawi, Richard Jalleh, Ben Lee, Peter Yuen, Peter Wong, Raja Mohamed, Mohd Isa, Abdullah....Terima kasih.   

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Pembelajaran Sepanjang Hayat

Syukur alhamdulillah...Akhirnya perjuangan saya untuk mendapatkan diskaun bagi warga emas yang berhasrat 'memformalizekan' pengalaman mereka berjaya. Pagi tadi, seorang pegawai  kanan UUM memaklumkan pada saya bahawa IPTA tersebut bersetuju mewujudkan satu 'dasar' untuk memberi diskaun 50% kepada kategori siswa-siswi ini yang nak ambil 'post-graduate studies'. Apakah dasar itu? Pemohon yang layak hanya 6-series, 60 tahun dan  ke atas, dan terhad kepada tuition fees saja. Ini bermakna yuran tuisyen  untuk part time ialah PhD yang perlu saya bayar hanyalah RM675 saja; sekarang RM1350/semester untuk sapa ambil separuh masa. Bayaran pendaftaran, insuran & kesihatan tu tak ada le diskaun. Pada saya, itu pun dah cukup.

Sebenonya, saya telah mengajukan perkara diskaun ini pada VC UUM semenjak Nov 2013 lagi, sebelum memohon untuk mengikuti pengajian pun lagi....

From: nor ibrahim sulaiman
Sent: Monday, 18 November 2013 7:13 AM
To: Profesor Dato' Dr. Mohamed Mustafa B Ishak
Subject: PEMBELAJARAN SEPANJANG HAYAT

Assalamualaikum,

Saya menyokong sepenuh laungan kerajaan terhadap perkara di atas. Namun demikian, faktor yang mungkin membantut nawaitu bakal peserta ialah kewangan.

Saya turut berminat untuk melanjutkan pengajian PhD di UUM jika diberi peluang, insyaAllah. Faktor yang perlu diambil kira ialah kos. Saya adalah seorang pesara tentera dan di usia lanjut ini, sumber pendapatan adalah pencen dan simpanan.

Sekadar bertanya, tiadakah dasar galakan UUM memberi potongan yuran kepada warga emas/veteran tentera?

Pertimbangan Dato' sangat dihargai. Terima kasih.

MEJAR NOR IBRAHIM BIN SULAIMAN TUDM (B)

Ini respons beliau....

From: Profesor Dato' Dr. Mohamed Mustafa B Ishak <mustafa@uum.edu.my>;
To: nor ibrahim sulaiman <nibsny@yahoo.com>;
Subject: Re: PEMBELAJARAN SEPANJANG HAYAT
Sent: Sun, Nov 17, 2013 11:57:44 PM

Salam. InsyaAllah ada. Boleh memohon.

Bab nak belajo ni, jujur saya katakan saya bermula dengan '0' knowledge tentang kemudahan yang sedia ada. Engkohnya, sapa yang dah ada 'Master', depa boleh minta pengecualian kursus 'Research Methodology' dan 'Academic Writing'. Mind you, yuran 2 kursus ini ialah RM1200. Mungkin kepada mereka yang poket seluarnya tak berlubang, what is there RM1200. Tanpa pengecualian, pelajar dikehendaki lulus ke2-2nya untuk meneruskan kajian.  Bila dapat pengecualian itu, RM itu akan dikreditkan ke semester seterusnya dan tak perlu hadir kursus2 tersebut. Sama ada diberi pengecualian ke2-2 kursus atau hanya 1 saja, terpulang kepada Kolej berkenaan.

Saya juga tanya sana-sini, sekiranya ada sesuatu badan yang menyediakan biasiswa kepada siswa veteran macam saya ni. Ya lah, ada ke badan yang nak membiayai orang dah mencecah 65 tahun ke atas. Apa sumbangan yang depa akan perolehi nanti, betul tak? Al-kisah seorang kenalan menyarankan saya cuba Kementerian Pendidikan. Kementerian tersebut telah mewujudkan skim MyBrain15, klik di siniBiasiswa itu meliputi yuran pengajian tidak melebihi RM24k dan 1 time payment RM5k untuk jurnel, persiapan tesis, dan sebagainya sepanjang pengajian. Tapi jika gagal, kena le kembalikan semua ongkos yg telah diberikan. Yang bestnya, skim ini tidak menghadkan umur pemohon. Ini bermakna veteran ini layak memohon. Jadi, saya pun pohon le. Saya dimaklumkan keputusan akan diketahui pada Ogos nanti, wallahualam. Kalau ada rezeki, syukur alhamdulillah. Jika tidak, redha saja le, apa nak dikatakan, dah tak ada rezeki.  Sekurang-kurangnya saya telah mencuba.

Para 6 series dan ke atas....Peluang sudah ada. Jalan sudah dibuka. Kemudahan telah dimaklumkan. Jika ada masa terluang, mengapa tidak formalizekan pengalaman berpuluh2 tahun tu supaya ia dapat dihayati oleh generasi akan datang. Berjaya atau sebaliknya, tu cerita lain. Namun demikian, janganlah sampai nak tension dibuatnya. Ini bukannya satu kemestian pun. Relax2 saja dan ambil masa sendiri...Take your time kerana ia bukannya penentu masa hadapan pun. Bukannya ada kenaikan pangkat atau pencen. Bagi saya, hanya untuk kepuasan diri...personal satisfaction. Itu saja. Pokoknya, hak kita hanyalah merancang dan berusaha, Allah menentukanaya. Apa jua end resultnya, pasti ada hikmah, wallahualam.