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Thread: Invasion of Malaya: Adnan's heroic exploits at Bukit Chandu live on

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    Default Re: Invasion of Malaya: Adnan's heroic exploits at Bukit Chandu live on

    Quote Originally Posted by Jukon View Post
    The war site was to remember the courage and sacrifices of Lt Adnan and his men. But why he is not double promoted to Major posthumous?
    Most likely it is bcoz he was in the Malay Regiment established by British Colonial. He was from Malaya now Malaysia.

    Upon his death, local people spread story of his bravery by word of mouth. When I was younger and was studying at the old Labrador Primary School at Pasir Panjang Road, about 1-2km from Bukit Chandu, friends living in villages around the vicinity told me of the "tale" of a brave Malay soldier that fought and killed many Japnese soldier before being killed.

    Only now his sacrifices and bravery is being recognized officially, albiet, not as famous as Gen Lim Boo Seng. He is known and recognized in Malaysia as a national hero too, even 2 movies were made about him from a Malaysian production and another from a Singapore production few years back. So it is not a Singapore government initiative to promote him posthumously as, IMHO, we wouldn't want to be seen "stealing" a hero from our neighbour.

    Since WW2, our geographical and political borderline has change.....kind of complicated. But it does not matter, the real truth his exemplary bravery matters. Just to add, 3-4 of his men managed to slip away as they where ordered by Lt Adnan to inform the British Army HQ of the Japanese position and strength.

    They lived to tell the tale, one was shot in the buttocks but managed to escaped. Saw it in an RTM documentary 1-2 years ago.
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    Default Re: Invasion of Malaya: Adnan's heroic exploits at Bukit Chandu live on

    Quote Originally Posted by Jukon View Post
    “ We were not given hand grenades or hand-held machine guns. Each of us was given a water bottle, a small mat which we wrapped around our waist, a bayonet and 24 bullets... Our female members were only responsible for first aid, cooking, relaying messages and other simple tasks.
    The British military did not give us more bullets as they feared that we would hide the extra bullets. We knew we had to treasure every bullet and not to fire carelessly as they were the only means of protecting our lives. But we were not expert marksmen and 24 bullets were definitely not enough for us to go on the battlefield. The British military did not trust us — Choo Kim Seng, Dalforce veteran

    The British actually never ever trust the Chinese Resistance Force. The British never led them on operation

    The unit suffered severe casualties due to lack of training, equipment and armament.

    the Japanese despised the resistance fighters, deciding to use them as an excuse for their treatment of the Chinese population, although this behaviour was instigated by the Kempeitai rather than by General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

    Some sources said British only arm the Force at the very last day with some outdated weapons. Their main objective is other that fighting the Japanese.

    Lesson learnt is not about race but that:

    1. We have to rely on ourselves to fight for our country. We must bear in mind that Singapore then was just a colony of the British Empire, colony can be taken and given away(or write off) not their Country "Britain".

    2. Preparation for war is not just arming civilian and giving them a few weeks of training, it is of little use even if they were given tons of ammunition. (In all probability it will be taken over and used by the enemy when the volunteers surrendered)

    One must also note that those days the Chinese dislike being in Military services as the saying goes: "A good son never become a soldier" . Hence we cannot totally blame the Brits too.

    After all the triads then were powerful and rampant and they will be glad if their "gang fighters" were given weapons and unlimited supply of ammo as "Dalforce Volunteers" for purpose other than the defence of Singapore.

    I will not comment more as it is becoming to sound Propaganda or sort of NE which many do not appreciate.
    Last edited by chngpe01; 19th February 2009 at 09:40 AM.

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    Default Re: Invasion of Malaya: Adnan's heroic exploits at Bukit Chandu live on

    Quote Originally Posted by chngpe01 View Post
    Lesson learnt is not about race but that:

    1. We have to rely on ourselves to fight for our country. We must bear in mind that Singapore then was just a colony of the British Empire, colony can be taken and given away(or write off) not their Country "Britain".

    2. Preparation for war is not just arming civilian and giving them a few weeks of training, it is of little use even if they were given tons of ammunition. (In all probability it will be taken over and used by the enemy when the volunteers surrendered)

    One must also note that those days the Chinese dislike being in Military services as the saying goes: "A good son never become a soldier" . Hence we cannot totally blame the Brits too.

    After all the triads then were powerful and rampant and they will be glad if their "gang fighters" were given weapons and unlimited supply of ammo as "Dalforce Volunteers" for purpose other than the defence of Singapore.

    I will not comment more as it is becoming to sound Propaganda or sort of NE which many do not appreciate.
    Mr Chng

    01. Yes, we should rely on ourselves to fight for our country Singapore young men are enlisted into SAF.
    02. Preparation for future warfare is long tern affair as SAF is the fruit of 40 years labour.
    "The good sons of Singapore" are the best of the best in the SAF. I am proud of them.

    Yes we should stop comment. It better that I join you in BikeAsia as I am also a Nikon user.

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