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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.....