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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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SEJARAH SARAWAK RANGERS (1862 – 1963 )
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
                                                                Sir Gerald Templar
Pesuruhjaya British di Malaya iaitu Sir Gerald Templer pernah menggelar pasukan Sarawak Ranger sebagai Pasukan Terbaik Di Dunia dan untuk mana-mana pasukan tentera yang pernah berkhidmat sewaktu zaman darurat di Persekutuan Tanah Melayu suatu waktu dahulu memanggil mereka “The Sarawak Headhunter”. Ketika Presiden Sukarno, presiden Indonesia suatu ketika dahulu pernah berkata di dalam satu ucapannya ” Tentera Iban ini datangnya tidak diundang, saat pergi semua bala tenteraku hilang nyawa. Ramai yang bercerai dari badan dan kepala. Mereka sungguh pantas hinggakan tidak terlihat oleh mata manusia”. 
 
Inilah antara kata-kata yang pernah merujuk kepada Sarawak Rangers iaitu satu pasukan separa tentera yang begitu gah dengan kepakaran mereka menjejaki musuh serta keberanian mereka yang tiada tolok bandingnya sehinggakan Sarawak Rangers dulu, kini dan selamanya tetap menjadi kebanggaan Bangsa Sarawak. Pasukan yang terkenal dengan moto “Agik Idup Agik Ngelaban” inilah yang akan menjadi artikel informasi sejarah untuk pembaca Borneo Oracle sekalian yang diberikan tajuk Sejarah Sarawak Ranger (1862-1963). Sarawak Rangers merupakan satu pasukan separa tentera yang telah dibentuk oleh Rajah Charles Brooke iaitu Rajah kedua Negara Sarawak pada Oktober 1862. Pada awal penubuhannya pasukan separa tentera ini telah dianggotai oleh anak tempatan Sarawak berbangsa Iban seramai 32 orang. Mereka telah dipilih hasil daripada pemuafakatan Rajah Charles Brooke dengan tuai-tuai rumah etnik Iban yang menyokong kepimpinan keluarga Dinasti Brooke di Negara Sarawak pada ketika itu. 
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Pemilihan 32 orang ini bukanlah hanya sekadar tangkap muat tetapi etnik Iban 32 orang ini merupakan antara pahlawan etnik Iban yang gagah perkasa serta terkenal dengan selok belok berperang yang mewakili kawasan masing-masing. Jadi apabila ada diantara pahlawan Iban yang sememangnya pandai di dalam taktik berperang ini mendapat kepakaran dan sentuhan daripada mereka yang berpengalaman di arena perang moden yang dibawakan khas daripada Negara Eropah maka mereka telah menghasilkan satu pasukan yang mantap. 

Pada ketika inilah, Rajah Charles Brooke telah menggunakan Sarawak Rangers di dalam perang-perang untuk meluaskan empayar jajahan Negara Sarawak pada ketika itu bagi melawan mana-mana mereka yang menentang pemerintahan Brooke di bumi Sarawak suatu ketika dahulu. Sekitar tahun 1930an iaitu ketika dunia menghadapi kemelesetan ekonomi yang teruk pada waktu itu, Sarawak Rangers juga mendapat tempias yang sama apabila pada 29 Februari 1932, Sarawak Ranger telah dibubarkan secara rasmi dan akibat pembubaran itu ada di kalangan Sarawak Rangers telah kembali ke kampong halaman masing-masing dan ada juga telah dengan rela hati diserapkan menjadi pasukan Polis Negara Sarawak.
Pada ketika itu, Negara Sarawak telah stabil dan banyak keringat mereka dituntut untuk menjaga keamanan di bumi Sarawak pada masa itu. Ketika Negara Sarawak di dalam persediaan untuk menghadapi Perang Dunia Kedua, sekali lagi Sarawak Rangers telah dipanggil untuk berbakti dengan Negara Sarawak. Pada ketika itu Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke telah membentuk Sarawak Rangers kembali bagi tujuan pertahanan dan mereka telah terlibat secara langsung di dalam mempertahankan Lutong, Miri dan Kuching sewaktu pencerobohan tentera Jepun pada Disember 1941. 

Ini terbukti apabila Sarawak Rangers adalah pertahanan terakhir sewaktu pertempuran terakhir di Kuching yang mana memaksa Sarawak Rangers untuk berundur ke kampong halaman masing-masing kerana kekuatan tentera Jepun sewaktu itu sememangnya begitu kuat sekali. Seperti kata pepatah lama biar putih tulang jangan putih mata, biarpun mereka telah berundur dan memberikan kemenangan kepada tentera Jepun namun begitu semangat anggota Sarawak Rangers mempertahankan bumi Sarawak tetap sentiasa ada di sanubari mereka dan akhirnya mereka bergabung dengan Major Tom Harisson iaitu seorang anggota tentera Tentera Komanwel daripada Australia yang melancarkan serangan gerila yang dikenali sebagai Pasukan “Z”. 

Kerana kepandaian dan kepakaran daripada Sarawak Rangers ini ramai tentera Jepun yang telah dibunuh oleh mereka. Setelah Jepun menyerah kalah akibat daripada pengeboman Hiroshima dan Nagasaki, pasukan Sarawak Rangers telah sekali lagi pulang ke kampong halaman mereka untuk kembali ke penghidupan normal mereka sebagai anak Sarawak. Di ketika Malaya menghadapi serangan pengganas komunis iaitu pada tahun 1948 yang lebih dikenali sebagai zaman darurat komunis, sekali lagi pahlawan-pahlawan iban ini dituntut kepakaran mereka untuk membantu Malaya pada ketika itu oleh Kerajaan British Borneo Sarawak. 

Pada masa ini 49 penjejak Iban telah dihantar ke Malaya untuk membantu anggota pasukan tentera komanwel menangani pengganas komunis pada waktu itu. Kepakaran mereka menjejaki musuh di dalam hutan sememangnya tiada tolok bandingannya. Sepatutnya mengikut perjanjian 49 penjejak Iban ini hanya bertugas di Malaya selama 3 bulan dan selepas 3 bulan ada diantara mereka telah dengan rela hati untuk meneruskan perkhidmatan mereka di bumi Malaya pada waktu itu. Daripada 49 orang hanya 24 orang yang memilih untuk meneruskan perkhidmatan mereka dan 24 orang inilah yang diserapkan di dalam Pasukan Ferret No. 4 yang juga dianggotai oleh pasukan tentera Gurkha dan tentera Force 136. 

Selepas itu penjejak Iban ini telah datang silih berganti ke bumi Malaya dan dicatatkan sehingga tahun 1952 telah lebih 1,168 penjejak Iban yang berkhidmat sebagai Penjejak Iban Sarawak di bumi Malaya. Mungkin ramai yang tidak mengetahui sejarah ini iaitu penjejak Iban Sarawak yang kali pertama gugur di dalam perkhidmatan mereka di Malaya hanya berlaku pada 12 Mac 1951 iaitu Mendiang Jaweng anak Jugah yang berasal dari Kapit, Sarawak. Mendiang terkorban kerana ditembak secara tidak sengaja ketika melakukan serang hendap ke atas pengganas komunis. Pada ketika itu mendiang tersilap dikatakan sebagai salah seorang pengganas komunis.

Bayangkan setelah beberapa tahun berkhidmat di bumi Malaya hanya pada tahun 1951 baru ada penjejak Iban yang terkorban di dalam perang. Inilah salah satu keisitimewaan penjejak Iban Sarawak Rangers yang sememangnya begitu pakar di taktik perang serang hendap. Selain itu tercatat satu lagi sejarah di dalam memartabatkan penglibatan penjejak Iban Sarawak Rangers di dalam perang di Malaya apabila Awang anak Rawing, anak iban dari Skrang telah dianugerahkan dengan Pingat George Cross manakala Menggong anak Panggit menerima Pingat George daripada Kerajaan Mahkota Great Britain atas keberaniannya menyelamatkan pasukan masing-masing sewaktu keganasan komunis berleluasa di bumi Malaya ketika itu. 

Biarpun penjejak Iban Sarawak ini merupakan mereka yang bertugas dengan tentera namun begitu mereka masih lagi tidak mendapat pengiktirafan sebagai anggota tentera sepenuhnya jadi bagi menjaga kebajikan mereka pada dari segi hak dan status setelah permuafakatan antara Kerajaan British Borneo Sarawak, pemimpin masyarakat Iban dan Kerajaan Koloni British maka pada tangga1 1 Januari 1953, Sarawak Rangers Unit Tanah Melayu telah ditubuhkan secara rasmi dengan pegawai pemerintahnya yang pertama adalah Leftenan Kolonel C.J Baird. Bermula dari tarikh hari itu, barulah Sarawak Rangers dengan rasminya menjadi anggota tentera sepenuhnya. 

Pada 1 April 1960, Sarawak Rangers Unit Sarawak, Borneo telah ditubuhkan secara rasminya di bumi Sarawak oleh Kerajaan British Borneo Sarawak dengan pegawai pemerintahnya merupakan anak tempatan yang juga salah seorang penjejak Iban Sarawak Rangers iaitu Leftenan Tomlow anak Isa. Ini merupakan satu penghormatan yang besar kepada perjuangan anak Iban di dalam Sarawak Rangers memandangkan ketika itu Sarawak masih lagi menjadi tanah jajahan Kerajaan British Borneo. Sarawak Rangers keberanian dan kepakaran mereka dituntut di dalam banyak perang-perang di bumi asing contohnya di Malaya dan Brunei malah Sarawak sendiri walaupun ketika itu Sarawak belum lagi membentuk Gagasan Malaysia. 

Ada antara penjejak Iban Sarawak Rangers ini telah gugur di medan perang di bumi asing dan telah disemadikan dibumi asing suatu ketika dahulu dan hanya pada tahun 2011, 21 jenazah penjejak Iban telah dibawa pulang ke tanahair tercinta mereka iaitu Sarawak Bumi Kenyalang. Antara penglibatan perang mereka adalah seperti berikut: 1. Kempen mengamankan Sarawak era Rajah Brooke.(1862 – 1942) 2. Perang Gerila Jepun bersama ‘Reconnaissance Service Department’ (RSD) di Sarawak. (1942–1945) 3. Darurat Malaya. (1948 – 1960) 4. Darurat Sarawak (1952 – 1953) 5. Pemberontakan Brunei (1962) 6. Konfrantasi Indonesia Malaysia (1962 – 1963) Di dalam perjanjian Penubuhan Malaysia, pihak Kerajaan British telah bersetuju untuk menubuhkan 2 buah batalian Askar Renjer Malaysia dan seterusnya melatih anggota-anggota tentera di peringkat awal dan seterusnya diikuti dengan penubuhan battalion ketiga. 

Penubuhan Askar Renjer Malaysia telah diumumkan di Parlimen British (House of Commons) oleh Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs pada 18hb Julai 1963. Hanya beberapa hari sebelum Sarawak dimerdeka secara rasminya iaitu pada 22hb Julai 1963. Ekoran daripada itu, Sarawak Rangers telah dibubarkan secara rasminya dan kemudian pada 16 September 1963, anggota Sarawak Rangers telah diserapkan menjadi Batalion Pertama Regimen Renjer Malaysia. Batalion Kedua Regimen Renjer Malaysia terdiri daripada anak tempatan North Borneo (Sabah) dan Batalion Ketiga Regimen Renjer Malaysia merupakan anak tempatan Tanah Melayu. Inilah sejarah panjang Sarawak Rangers dari tahun 1862 – 1963 yang kemudiannya dikenali sebagai Regimen Renjer Malaysia setelah penubuhan Gagasan Malaysia pada 16 September 1963.

 Sarawak Rangers merupakan simbol kemegahan bangsa Sarawak dulu, kini dan selamanya dan sejarah tentang mereka seharusnya diketahui secara umum oleh rakyat Malaysia amnya dan Bangsa Sarawak khususnya. Jasa mereka bukan sahaja untuk Sarawak ibu pertiwi mereka malah jasa mereka juga turut disumbangkan di dalam memastikan kemerdekaan dan keamanan untuk bumi Malaya suatu waktu dahulu malah sehingga sekarang. Jasa mereka dilupa jangan oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia. Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Yang ke 57 Persekutuan Tanah Melayu (31 Ogos 1957 - 31 Ogos 2014) Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan Yang ke 51 Sabah (31 Ogos 1963 - 31 Ogos 2014) Agik Idup Agik Ngelaban. Borneo Oracle Salute Sarawak Rangers (1862-1963)http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-FABu65wNsL0/VBwx7_ZUnFI/AAAAAAAADAU/hEF4UbnbQBc/s1600/10593015_744142158966004_5939696137906062364_n.jpg

Source: Borneo Oracle
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Major General Toh Choon Siang
Monday, June 17, 2019
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The follow up on the trail of the enemy by Captain Sabdin Ghani - Seventh Rangers
Friday, October 26, 2018
15 Soldiers of 7th Rangers ambushed and killed by the Enemy. After this tragic incident when 15 soldiers of the 7th Rangers were killed in an ambush, the pressure was very great on all to get "pay back". The follow ups were conducted relentlessly by various sub units of the Seventh Rangers.
There were long range fighting patrols, where their fatigues virtually rotted on their bodies, as they spent day in day out in the swamps hunting down the killers. Everyone in Seventh Rangers wanted to very much close up with the enemy and kill them. There was one patrol led by an Officer Commanding, he was Captain Sabdin Ghani.
They were airlifted for the follow up to the most likely enemy escape route. They jumped off the hovering helicopter into waist deep brackish and a foul smelling swamp. The helicopter left them there. They started looking for signs of the enemy, soon they came across a trail. They had picked up the fleeing trail of the enemy. They pursued the enemy by day until nightfall, where they continued pursuing the enemy aided by the moonlight in the swamp.
They suddenly came upon solid ground, which was covered by "mengkuang" leaves. These large leaves if stepped upon would make a crackling sound. Captain Sabdin Ghani split his men into two groups, one led by himself and the other led by Sergeant Lucas. Sergeant Lucas moved his men into a flanking movement. In the moonlit night at a distance they came upon two huts connected by a walkway.
Captain Sabdin's group got on their knees and started crawling, clearing the "mengkuang leaves" so as not to give away their positions. Soon his group started climbing up the huts which were on stilts. The enemy became aware of the presence of the Rangers. The moment the enemy became aware Captain Sabdin Ghani opened up with his Sterling sub machine gun. His group too opened up. The short and fierce encounter resulted in two of the enemy being killed.
Another group led by Captain Abdullah of A Company laid a claymore ambush. This was a linear ambush. A group of six of the enemy who were also fleeing walked into the ambush position. One of the enemy realising that they were in an ambush position started stomping his feet into the ground trying to warn the others. The Rangers were not going to let them get away. The person holding the M57 firing device fired the claymore mines.
The mines got four of the enemy, two others managed to flee. When the clearing patrol, led by Lance Corporal Rahman Putih, saw one of the wounded enemy crawling trying to escape, he was badly wounded at the hip. Lance Corporal Rahman Putih was not feeling merciful that morning, thinking of his 15 dead comrades in arms. He finished off the wounded enemy with a burst from his Sterling sub machine gun. A total of 4 dead enemy were recovered by the clearing patrol.
* As related by Lt Col (Rtd) Baldev Singh
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The Indonesian Confrontation - The Undeclared War in Malaysia
Monday, September 17, 2018

The Indonesian Confrontatio... by on Scribd

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Communist Terrorism in Malaysia
Thursday, May 03, 2018
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Collaborators and Traitors during the 2nd World War in a picture
Thursday, April 19, 2018

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More Chinese Civillians Were Killed In The First Emergency By The Communists Than Any Other Race
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Source : Library Perdana - STOP Demonising the Chinese as disloyal, look at yourselves.
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Malay Communists slain during the 1st Emergency
Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Bandits were Communists, that's what the dumfuk Brits called them. 


Source page 135 and much more here............. The British colonial government called it an “Emergency” and not “war” so that London commercial insurance rates, on which Malayan commerce and industry relied upon, would not be adversely affected.
But it was nothing less than an outright war. The Emergency affected the country as the atrocities committed by the bandits (later called communist terrorists) were enormous. The economy was in tatters, people were killed and infrastructure damaged.
More here..............
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Legacy of Mamakthir - So called "Great Leader"
Sunday, February 18, 2018


So Called Great Leader.

I had placed poll on the left side bar of my blog on our Great Leader on Wednesday, December 16, 2009. You are allowed 5 answers.
This poll will run for a month. I allowed it to run until Vizu Polls shut down on the Tuesday, December 11, 2012, with a total of 16,254 people who rsponded.
It is what you feel about him. It basically is about what he is, the"Father of".
This will be his legacy when he kicks the bucket.
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History of the 1st Rangers (Formerly Sarawak Rangers)
Sunday, May 15, 2016
In the history of the Malaysian Armed Force, no single Infantry Unit has killed more enemy than the 1st Rangers. Just an update, some bright bulb wanted to have the 1st Rangers which was in Johore Bahru, become a ceremonial battalion, just like the 1st Battalion Royal Malay Regiment in Kuala Lumpur. What they did is transferred around a hundred soldiers from the 1st Rangers in Johore to 6th Rangers in KL, likewise transferring around a hundred soldiers to Johore. They exchanged histories and the colors. Viola! 6th Rangers becomes 1st Rangers and 6th Rangers becomes 1st Rangers. This happened this year, 2016. Now they might change the Corps Home from Ipoh to KL. A couple of pen pushers sacrificed honour, blood, sweat, tears and history. They threw that into the garbage bin for expediency and cost cutting. They could have moved the whole battalion to KL. Negating history has finally arrived. This is what happens when pen pushers rise in the ranks.











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From the Officer Commanding's mouth, Major(B) Osman Ibrahim (411658) on the killing of Rashid Mydin's henchman
Monday, May 17, 2010
I was the OC of the said, 'C' Company, 7th Rangers when the contact with CTs was made by Sgt Abu Hassan and his group on the 17th day of September 1980. The first initial contacts were made by 'A' company and Unit Combat Inteligence Squad (UCIS) group whereas we were still conducting operation in Upper Perak. I personally requested from the CO then, Lt Kol Lokman Hashim to redeploy 'C' company by moving back via South direction to the Hentam Galas Op area in Gua Musang, Kelantan.

On reaching the insertion point enroute to the direction of contacts by 'A' company in Op Hentam Galas , we moved into smaller groups going/bashing up the upper ridges which were purportedly left out by the previous units. On reaching the high-land ridges, I ordered my men to to look for water point and at that time , we could see foot prints, marks. The collection of water was abandoned and the company was regrouped into smaller groups and prepared for next day to attack the Communist Terrorist resting place. Well, Sgt Abu Hasan was lucky enough to make the contact where District Committee Memeber Ho Pak, was eliminated and three weapons/packs were recovered . From our assessement, the CTs contacted by our group was the Command Group of the CT's contaced by 'A' Company previously.

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Covering Fire
On the 2nd September 1980 7th Battalion Rangers took over the area of operation Hentam galas for a period of two months from the 5th battalion Royal Malay Regiment.
After two days of operations, the first contact with the Enemy happened on the 14th September 1980 at 2340 hrs (11.40pm). Alpha Company's sentry saw lights retreating about 50 yards away from his location, he immediately assumed that the Enemy's leading scout had detected the presence of 7th Rangers.The sentry on seeing the retreating lights opened fire. The sentry who opened fire was Ranger Matthew Mijer ak Raweh ,he let loose with the general purpose machine gun (GPMG also known as Mag 58). He opened up with continous bursts of fire. This alerted the whole company, who went into "stand to". The enemy returned several bursts of fire followed by the firing of a verey light pistol, the signal was red. The Enemy estimated to be 10-12 strong. At dawn a follow up was conducted using the blood trails that the enemy had left behind in their haste to escape. The assumption at that moment in time was that many of the Enemy were wounded.

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Mag 58, weapon used by Ranger Matthew Mijer ak Raweh

On the 15th September 1980 at 0900 hrs (9am), during the follow up by the Unit Combat Intelligence Squad, the UCIS came across food scraps. As they were following the trail they were fired upon resulting in a 5-10 minutes firefight, both sides did not suffer any casualties. The Enemy, was on high ground, one female Communist Terrorist threw down a challenge to the UCIS platoon, " If you are brave, come up here !"( in the Malay language) . At that moment in time it was raining bullets for the UCIS platoon. Everyone of them was trying to dig into the earth or trying to make themselves very small to avoid being hit by the enemy. The only thought on their minds was "cover". After the exchange of fire the Enemy withdrew, the UCIS platoon tenaciously kept in pursuit, at around 1055 hrs (10.55 am) came into grips with the Enemy again. This time the fight lasted for another 8 minutes. Both sides did not suffer any casualties.

On the 17th September 1980 at 0800 hrs (8 am), following a trail of footprints, Sergeant Abu Hassan was directed to take a section out on patrol. At 0900 hrs (9am) footprints were discovered, on a jungle trail. the enemy was estimated to be around two strong. The section followed this trail and came across a bamboo shoot that was freshly cut.They proceeded to a water point, where it was found from trails that it was used an hour ago.

Sergeant Abu Hassan broke up his group into two and crawled on his hand and knees. At 1045 hrs (10.45 am) Sgt Abu Hassan, Ranger Rahim and Lance Corporal Zaharin saw two of the Enemy, packing their rucksack. One of the Enemy resting nearby managed to spot Sgt Abu Hassan. Sgt Abu Hassan immediately launched the assault, opening up with automatic fire at the same time directing his men to move fast away from the ridge. The Enemy at the moment, whilst Sgt Abu Hassan was conducting the assault returned fire. As there was no proper cover Sgt Abu Hassan dived behind a tree. He saw that the enemy who was hit being dragged by two of his friends, whilst another was giving covering fire in the direction of Sgt Abu Hassan's men.

At around 1120 hrs, a support group commanded by Captain Osman arrived. During the follow up for about 60 meters, the body of an Enemy was found. A booby trap was planted around 30 meters from the body. The Enemy was identified as Ho Pak, the DCM for Gua Musang who was from the 10th Regiment.
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Seventh Rangers (Mechanized)
Friday, July 18, 2008
This is a video using motionbox on the Seventh Rangers (Mech). Previously had some glitches. Had it fixed only recently.



If any Malaysian ever wants to join a fighting unit, a good choice would be the Rangers. The Rangers are unique in the sense that they have many races with different cultural values, when these diverse values come together they become a formidable fighting force. The Rangers used to strike terror into the hearts of her enemies during the long fight against the Communist Insurgents.They have served with valour and courage aganist the Indons and the Communists. Many have laid down their lives, with some maimed for life. Their motto, "AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN", which means "While there is life there is fight". Their place of birth was Sarawak.

Like the saying, "a picture paints a thousand words", well this clip shows a bit about 7th Rangers (Mechanized). This unit is one of the most blooded unit in the Malaysian Armed Forces. It is very steeped in tradition. For example when 15 soldiers were killed in a vehicular ambush in 1972, the enemy was relentlessly pursued, killed and all the weapons captured from the dead soldiers were recovered. The last weapon recovered was in 1986. The Officers and soldiers of this unit are a very special breed of warriors. They served with distinction in Somalia and Cambodia. In Somalia they were under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which meant "peace enforcement". Their history can be found here....
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Timeline Ranger Corps
Friday, May 23, 2008
We are very much OLDER/SENIOR than the Royal Malay Regiment !!!!!
The Rangers are more than a CENTURY OLD (143 years) !!!!!

1862 Sarawak Rangers

1932 Absorbed into Sarawak Constabulary

1941 Sarawak Rangers reformed as separate military unit

1942 Captured by Japanese and disbanded

1948 Iban trackers from Sarawak first employed by British in Malayan Emergency

1953 Sarawak Rangers re-formed as company from Iban trackers who had been serving with Iban Trackers

1960 Special Tracker Team

1963 Renjer Malaysia (Rangers Malaysia). Transferred from Sarawak Colony to Malaysian Army, and expanded into multi-battalion, multi-ethnic regiment

1965 The Malaysia Rangers

1971 Rejimen Renjer (The Ranger Regiment)

1992 Rejimen Renjer DiRaja (The Royal Ranger Regiment)
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History of 7th Battalion Royal Rangers (Mech)
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
First Batch Of 14 Condors
Left to right : Major Stephen Mundaw, Major Onn Wahab, Major Jalul Mahali, RSM Bong Fan Chang, Major Abdul Razak Che Awang, Lt Col Zulkapli Abdul Rahman, Lt Ooi, Lt Zahar, RQMS Naza, Sgt Jack Minan and Major Zulkifli

Background to the formation of the unit.
1. 7th Battalion Ranger Regiment was formed on the 10th of May 1970 at Camp Quetta 11, Kluang, Johore. The battalion shifted to a new camp at Camp Batu Tiga, Kluang Johore, with a allocation of 202 new recruits who were designated to form two compnies. The recruits were from the Recruit Training Centre, Port Dickson. In addition to that one company each was taken from 8th Royal Malay, 2 Rangers, 3 Rangers and 4 Rangers, this was to enable 7 Rangers to be functional. The soldiers from the 8th battalion Royal Malay regiment were given an option to be absorbed into the Ranger Corps or return to their original unit. However a large group chose to remain with 7 Rangers. The first Commanding Officer tasked to carry out this challenging task was Lieutenant Colonel Osman bin Mohd Zain. In early January 1991, 7th Rangers was designated and reorganized to become a Mechanized Infantry Battalion. The officer tasked to do this was Lt Col Zulkapli bin Abdul Rahman who happened to be the twelfth CO of the Battalion.

In September 1993 the battalion became fully operational. It culminated with the Battalion being deployed on the 1st Dec 1994 to Somalia for duties under the United Nations. The Battalion took up duties under
Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.


2. Date of Formation: 10th May 1970

3. Place : Camp Quetta, Kluang, Johore

4. Authorization for formation of a Mechanized Infantry Battalion : KP/TD/P&P/4409-FED/(M)?3000/3/95-01 Dec 94.

Names of Commanding Officers, Field Officers and Regimenatl Sergeant Major since the formation of the Battalion.

Commanding Officers.

1. Lt Col Osman b. Mohd Zain 10th May 1970 - 26th March 1971

2. Lt Col Hussein b. Mohd Ali Piah 27th March 1971- 07th Jan 1973

3. Lt Col Mokhtar b. Ismail 09th May 1973 - 03 Sep 1973

4. Lt Col Low Lye Fook 04th Sep 1973 - 16th April 1975

5. Lt Col C.A. Loone 17th April 1975 - 18th May 1977 (Passed away on the 30th May 2006)

6. Lt Col Maurice Lam Shye Choon PGB 19th May 1977 - 15 Sep 1979

7. Lt Col Lokman Hashim @ Luqman Hashim 16th Sep 1979 - 24 Dec 1981

8. Lt Col Mohd Amin b. Mohd Salleh 25th Dec 1080 - 31st Dec 1981

9. Lt Col G.E. @Syamsul Johar 01 Jan 1982 - 18th Aug 1984

10. Lt Col Syed Mohamad b. Syed Alwi Shahab 19th Ogos 1984 - 30th April 1987

11. Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh 01st May 1987 - 31st Dec 1990

12. Lt Col Zulkapli b. Abd Rahman 01 Jan 1991 - 31st March 1993

13. Lt Col Muhd Mukhtar b. Ibrahim 01 April 1993 - 31 Jan 1995

14. Lt Col Abang Hamdan b. Abang Hadari 01 Feb 1995 - 28th Feb 1996

15. Lt Col Khairul Baharin b. Hj Jamaluddin 01 MARCH 1996 - 31ST dEC 1997

16. Lt Col Mahyuddin b. Hj Abd Razak 01 Jan - 1998 - 1999

17. Lt Col Ezam b. Wan Chik

18. Lt Col Dzulkafli b. Hj Mustaffa

Field Officers 7 Rangers

1. Major Soman al Selvarajah (200574)

2. Major Harban Singh al Achar Singh(200929)

3. Major Mohd Razaki bin Darus (410037) - 1997

4. Major Shafie bin Ismail (60494)

5. Major Saad bin Mohd(60586)

6. Major Chua Eng Lye(370472)

7. Major Mohd Ayub bin Sidek(411572)

8. Major Salleh bin Awang(410113)

9. Major Kamal bin Hashim (3000012)

10. Major Salleh bin Anuar (410902)

11. Major Bakhtiar bin Abd Hamid (410982)

12. Major Sabri bin Bakar (411572)

13. Major Jain ak Sumor (370719)

14. Major Wong Heng Ging ( 370927)

15. Major Don Too Heng Onn (200880)

16. Major Mohd Ali bin Mohd Ibrahim (410529)

17. Major Mohd Fauzi bin Mansor (411554)

18. Major Mohd Fauzi bin Md Nooh (411413)

19. Major Mohd Yusuf bin Ibrahim Sahib @ Yusuf Sahibjahn (411017)

20. Major Mohd Noor bin Othman (3000419)

21. Major Bakthiar bin Mustafah (411304) - 1989-1991

22. Major Jalul Mahali bin Alias (411400)- 1990-1993

23. Major Khairul Baharin bin Jamaluddin (410770)- 1991-1992

24. Major Christopher Joseph (370943) -1991-1994

25. Major Zulkifli bin Abd Wahab(411451) - 1991-1993

26. Major Abd Rahman Teoh bin abdullah (3000753)- 1992-1993

27. Major Abdul Razak bin Che Awang (3000040)- 1992-1994

28. Major Hairuddin bin Basirun (411523)- 1993-1995

29. Major Salim bin Konek (3001549) - 1993-1993

30. Major Stephen ak Mundaw (3000594) - 1994-1995

31. Major Abang Hamdan bin Abang Hadari(411350)- 1994-1995

32. Major Nazrul Edgar bin abdullah (3001854) - 1994-1995

33. Major Juan Chow Huat@ Mohd Johan bin Abdullah (3001471) - 1994-1995

36. Major Mahyuddin bin Abdul Razak (411748) - 1995-1996

34. Major Abdul Rashid bin Ahmad (3002148) 1995-1996

35. Major D.Swami Gwekanandam al David (3002553) - 1994-1998

36. Major Ivan Synn Leng (3002649) 1996- 1997

37. Major Md Din bin Abu (3001642) - 1995-1999

38. Major Chan Weng Poh (3003921) -1997

39. Major Abd Ghaffar bin Ishak (3003524) - 1997

40. Major Subramaniam al Thambirajah (3001992) -1998

41. Major Muhammad Sultan bin Ismail - 1980-1985




Regimental Sergeant Majors

1. WO1 Empaty -1970- 1971

2. WO1 Zainal Abidin - 1971- 1972

3. WO1 Kamsari - 1972-1976

4. WO1 Piau a/k Ingut - 1976-1980

5. WO1 Zahari - 1980-1981

6. WO1 Charles Woodan Jarang - 1981-1984

7. WO1 Sidu - 1984-1987

8. 901001 WO1 Upun ak Beti - 1987-1988

9. 20581 WO1 Khamid bin Hassan - 1988-1989

10.930051 WO1 Ibrahim bin Ismail - 1989-1991

11. 931711 WO1 Bong Fan Chang - 1991-1993

12. 31658 WO1 Ghazali bin Mat Ros - 1993-1995

13. 1024309 WO1 Jimmy ak Aweng - 1995-1997

14. 1049329 WO1 Daud bin Shamsudin 1997

contd.......
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15 Soldiers of 7th Rangers ambushed and killed by the Enemy
Monday, June 25, 2007
Security Forces early this .............

One of the survivors of this ambush sells fish at the market where the UTC is located, in Ipoh. You can identify him, as he is the one with a missing finger. His name is Zainuddin, I dare not approach him as I can do nothing for him. Mindef conveniently forgets its wounded Veterans. Unlike pretenders who are given credit!
This is one of the greatest losses experienced by the unit. It was one sorry episode. An adminstrative move early in the morning, turning into a bloodbath. It comprised of 1X Landrover, 1 X 3 tonner of engineers who were attached to 7th Rangers. The Engineers had completed some construction work at Camp Biawak. They had to return to Kuching. There were another two trucks of 7th Rangers. Most of the 7th Rangers personnel comprised of administrative soldiers. 

The order of movement was the Engineer's Landrover leading, the second being their truck, the third and fourth vehicle being the Ranger's trucks. The Enemy did not open fire on the lighter armed Engineers, they waited for the Ranger trucks to get into the killing area, once the trucks were inside the killing area the Enemy opened up with everything they had from prepared positions, the Rangers ( 20 soldiers) did not have a chance, those not killed outright were wounded, some badly. The Enemy force was 30-40 strong.

The Engineers who were less than a section strong (less than 10 men), made a wise decision by speeding off to a place called Titi Akar, where there was a troop of 1st Reconnaissance Regiment soldiers, to seek help. One very brave individual, who was a Lance Corporal from that troop along with his driver dashed off at first, on his own in his Ferret scout car. Soon to be followed by the rest of the troop. When the Enemy saw the approaching scout car speeding toward them with it's sole gun blazing, made a hasty withdrawal. He single handedly was responsible for saving the wounded who had put up a futile resistance, on the verge of being slaughtered. The enemy's priority at that time was to gather equipment and weapons. They took away almost all the weapons. With the arrival of that brave individual and his driver from the 1st Recce Regiment, the Enemy did not have the opportunity to finish/kill off the rest of the wounded soldiers.

The news reached Battalion Headquarters, announcements were made throughout bars, theatres and the town to regroup the rest of 7th Rangers. Massive follow up operations were conducted, to track down the enmy. In the ensuing engagements with the Enemy, many of the Enemy were killed and also captured and the weapons recovered.This was aided by other friendly forces (Other units). It took a very long time to hunt and kill the enemy. The last of the weapons recovered was in 1986, almost 14 years !


See the names of the fallen, the Enemy and the ambush position....


This ambush happened on the 26th March 1972 along the Biawak / Lundu road. The cutting on the right shows the follow up operation conducted after the ambush. The enemy fired from prepared locations.

* Note. I would appreciate it greatly if someone would help me correctly identify the Lance Corporal and his driver from the Recce Regt, the Troop and Squadron. If there are any inaccuracies please contact me. The above incident was related to me by Lt Col Zulakpli Abdul Rahman, who was then a subaltern in 7th Rangers.
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 7:32 PM   11 comments
Bagging 5 CT's at the Korbu Forest Reserve in Perak
Sunday, June 24, 2007
7th Battalion Rangers was carrying out Operation Gonzales around Jalong, Perak on the 8th April 1974 until 1st may 1974.
The soldiers who killed the 5 enemy got nothing in the shape of awards or recognition. Unlike pretenders to the Sauk Incident. This operation was a search and destroy operation. On the 21st April 1974 at around 1100 hrs (11.00 o'clock am) two soldiers were fired upon by the Enemy who were three to four strong. The soldiers immediately took cover and returned bursts of fire. There was an intense exchange of fire. The two soldiers who tried their utmost to kill the enemy were unsuccessful. The Enemy managed to successfully conduct a fighting withdrawal.
Visibility was restricted due to the thick foliage and undergrowth. They did not have a clear shot at the Enemy. Charlie Company was quickly deployed to act as cut offs. On the same day at around 1700 hrs (5 o'clock pm) whilst No 7 Platoon was conducting a fighting patrol, came across a sign, an arrow made of bamboo, this arrow was embedded in the earth. With this finding No.7 platoon decided to conduct an ambush in that particular area, they set up the killing area with 4 Claymore mines. This was reinforced with two light machine guns.
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A Claymore Mine 
On the 22nd April 1974 at around 1150 hrs (11.50 am), the ambush party saw 5 Communist terrorists enter into the killing area. When two of the enemy were in the killing area 930376 Rgr Shaifudin fired two claymore mines and killed two of them instantly. At that instant two more claymores were fired by Lance Corporal Gaison which wounded the rest of the Communists. Without delaying 928104 Sergeant Harris reacted by racing towards the killing area with another section (10 men) with the intention of forming a cut off. He and his men attacked the remaining Enemy. They killed the Enemy who were taken by surprise.
The Enemy never stood a chance, against the determined force of 7th Rangers men. This successful encounter totalled 5 Enemy KIAs.
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A Dawn, Search & Destroy during Operations Selamat Sawadee 1 at Grid Reference 303817
Friday, June 22, 2007

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On the 29th June 1978 at around 0300 hrs (3.00 am) a patrol consisting of a Platoon of Thai Border Police and one Section (ten men) from No.4 Platoon Bravo Company, 7th Rangers went out on a dawn patrol carring 4 days of combat rations. They moved off through head high elephant grass toward the jungle's edge. Entering the enveloping jungle, little daylight filtered through the three separate layers of dense foliage. With the sun's rays unable to penetrate the thick foliage, virtually everything one touched was covered with slimy, rotting vegetable matter. Sleep was in short supply that morning.

This patrol went out to follow up on signs earlier discovered by them earlier. This was done in the wee hours of the morning to maintain surprise and stealth if any of the enemy was lurking around. It was a very long range fighting patrol.That morning dawned as had each morning since the end of the monsoon season several months before - hot and very humid. Their progress through the thick jungle was slow, typically measured in yards rather than miles. The "point" man had to hack a narrow path fifteen or twenty yards ahead while those behind quietly waited. 


Everyone faced outwards, alternating left and right, though none of them could see much beyond ten feet through the foliage. On signal to move out, everyone put on his pack and moved forty or fifty feet forward, only to halt once again and face outboard. This went on through the morning and into the early afternoon. Finally, around At around 1515 hrs (3.15 pm) the Leading Scout saw 7 -8 Communists Terrorists loitering 300 yards away. Sergeant Shaari went forward to confirm the sighting, he called the Thai Border Police Platoon Commander to verify whether the 7-8 people sighted were really Communist Terrorists.

After having confirmed that they were really the Enemy, Sgt Shaari formed up his platoon into four groups, they were the forward assault section, the indepth section and two groups as cut offs. The cut offs had a dual role, they were also the fire support for the assault. He did this with ten men, himself included. He did request for artillery support, he failed to get fire support as there were other priority targets and assets were limited. Movement certainly was both swifter and quieter as they approached the base of the Enemy,at precisely 1630 hrs (4.30 pm) Sgt Shaari opened fire, the jungle ahead erupted in sustained bursts,which was followed up by the second and fourth group. The firing lasted for about 15 to 20 minutes.


Those immediately behind scrambled for whatever cover they could find. Being about midway back and not in immediate danger from the fire ahead, those in th rear deployed rapidly off the trail to either side and moved ahead toward the steady fire, now both incoming. As the soldiers were firing at the enemy positions the Enemy sentries opened up from a nearby hill onto Sgt Shaari's men. The third group of Sgt Shaari's men retaliated by bringing heavy fire in the direction of the hill, forcing the Enemy to flee helter skelter from the hill. 

With that, the assault led by Sgt Shaari (4 men) tore into the enemy killing three of them, one of the enemy dead was a woman. It was a quick and deadly close quarter battle, no quarter given nor asked. The rest of the enemy fled.They charged and exploited the ground in front of them for 50 meters. They rapidly regrouped into an all round defence position to take stock of the Enemy KIA and supplies depleted. 6 Enemy weapons were recovered from that particular contact.

No member of the Thai Border Police Platoon was involved in this fight. They sat out of this fight by their own choice.

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Contact with 10th Regiment CPM on the 17th September 1980 During Operation Hentam Galas
Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Covering Fire On the 2nd September 1980 7th Battalion Rangers took over the area of operation Hentam galas for a period of two months from the 5th battalion Royal Malay Regiment. After two days of operations, the first contact with the Enemy happened on the 14th September 1980 at 2340 hrs (11.40pm). Alpha Company's sentry saw lights retreating about 50 yards away from his location, he immediately assumed that the Enemy's leading scout had detected the presence of 7th Rangers.The sentry on seeing the retreating lights opened fire. The sentry who opened fire was Ranger Matthew Mijer ak Raweh ,he let loose with the general purpose machine gun (GPMG also known as Mag 58). He opened up with continous bursts of fire. This alerted the whole company, who went into "stand to". The enemy returned several bursts of fire followed by the firing of a verey light pistol, the signal was red. The Enemy estimated to be 10-12 strong. At dawn a follow up was conducted using the blood trails that the enemy had left behind in their haste to escape. The assumption at that moment in time was that many of the Enemy were wounded.

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Mag 58, weapon used by Ranger Matthew Mijer ak Raweh

On the 15th September 1980 at 0900 hrs (9am), during the follow up by the Unit Combat Intelligence Squad, the UCIS came across food scraps. As they were following the trail they were fired upon resulting in a 5-10 minutes firefight, both sides did not suffer any casualties. The Enemy, was on high ground, one female Communist Terrorist threw down a challenge to the UCIS platoon, " If you are brave, come up here !"( in the Malay language) . At that moment in time it was raining bullets for the UCIS platoon. Everyone of them was trying to dig into the earth or trying to make themselves very small to avoid being hit by the enemy. The only thought on their minds was "cover". After the exchange of fire the Enemy withdrew, the UCIS platoon tenaciously kept in pursuit, at around 1055 hrs (10.55 am) came into grips with the Enemy again. This time the fight lasted for another 8 minutes. Both sides did not suffer any casualties.

On the 17th September 1980 at 0800 hrs (8 am), following a trail of footprints, Sergeant Abu Hassan was directed to take a section out on patrol. At 0900 hrs (9am) footprints were discovered, on a jungle trail. the enemy was estimated to be around two strong. The section followed this trail and came across a bamboo shoot that was freshly cut.They proceeded to a water point, where it was found from trails that it was used an hour ago.

Sergeant Abu Hassan broke up his group into two and crawled on his hand and knees. At 1045 hrs (10.45 am) Sgt Abu Hassan, Ranger Rahim and Lance Corporal Zaharin saw two of the Enemy, packing their rucksack. One of the Enemy resting nearby managed to spot Sgt Abu Hassan. Sgt Abu Hassan immediately launched the assault, opening up with automatic fire at the same time directing his men to move fast away from the ridge. The Enemy at the moment, whilst Sgt Abu Hassan was conducting the assault returned fire. As there was no proper cover Sgt Abu Hassan dived behind a tree. He saw that the enemy who was hit being dragged by two of his friends, whilst another was giving covering fire in the direction of Sgt Abu Hassan's men.

At around 1120 hrs, a support group commanded by Captain Osman arrived. During the follow up for about 60 meters, the body of an Enemy was found. A booby trap was planted around 30 meters from the body. The Enemy was identified as Ho Pak, the DCM for Gua Musang who was from the 10th Regiment.
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Ambush on the road Gubir / Nong Gajah
Monday, June 04, 2007
On the 7th April 1975 at 1640 hrs, a platoon from Delta Company commanded by 2Lt Syed Ikhmal Hashim pushed off from Nong Gajah , a small rural settlement, after handing over operational duties in Gubir to No 9 Platoon of the 13 Malaysian Territorial Battalion. The platoon moved in three 3 ton trucks, escorted by an armoured scout car (Ferret) from B Squadron, 2nd Recconnaisance Regiment, they headed towards Gubir town enroute to Sungei Petani

The day was cloudy and it rained heavily.The Ferret Scout Car was the last vehicle in the convoy. After 15 minutes of travelling when the first vehicle arrived at GR 186800, whilst the vehicle was climbing a ridge, the Enemy opened fire from three different directions. A 40 mm round from an M79 hit the bonnet of the lead vehicle, which disabled it causing it to come to an immediate halt on the right side of the road. The second vehicle too was hit, causing it to stop abruptly 25 yards behind the first. The soldiers returned fire. The platoon commander managed to lob 2 hand grenades.

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A M79 which launches 40 mm rounds

While all the above was happening, the third vehicle stopped 400 meters behind and informed the commander of the Ferret Scout Car about the situation in front. Without hesitation the Ferret Scout Car's commander sped off into the killing area of the enemy. Luck was not on the side of the Commander of the Scout Car, he was greeted with very heavy fire, a wild shot from the enemy entered into the barrel of the Browning Machine Gun, thus disabling the only weapon the scout car had.

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A model of a Ferret Scout Car

In this situation the Scout Car continued forward to call for help from Gubir. Whilst the call for help was going on, a round from the Enemy's M79 penetrated the iron plate hitting the vehicle's engine. Whilst all this was happening the survivors in the two forward vehicles were taking cover on the left and right of the trucks. The soldiers in the 3rd vehicle advanced towards their comrades but were beaten back by withering fire from the Enemy. The enemy dominated the ground above, having a clear line of sight and good fields of fire. The men in the lead truck and the 2nd truck were isolated from the 3rd truck. Most of the casualties, the dead and wounded were in the lead truck. The platoon commander 2Lt Syed Ikhmal Hashim was himself badly wounded. The enemy had the free will to move around. He heard some movement and looked up, there was a machete hovering over him held by a male, who was about to decapitate him. Then there was a female voice which said, " Leave him, let him live to tell this story".

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The view of the road from the enemy position, similar to the real one.

An after contact analysis and investigation ,found out that it took about a month for the enemy to prepare their fire positions. The enemy worked out all the fine details for an ambush. Details too on where the soldiers would take cover were anticipated. All the good possible cover which soldiers would instinctively move to were heavily booby trapped. The three diffrent locations to open fire on the convoy was to create the maximum number of casualties, with interlocking fields of fire, were very well executed. They were pushed for time. If they delayed in conducting the ambush after initiating it, the follow up by the troops would be devastating upon them. The enemy never had stood a chance in frontal ground contacts or ambushes against 7th Rangers soldiers in the past. That's why they did not hang around for too long.

The Ferret Scout Car now very immobile had the Enemy all over it. The crew locked themselves in and swivelled the turret left to right to keep the enemy off balance, as the Enemy was trying to pry open the hatch to lob in a grenade. The crew was fortunate that the Enemy failed. The enemy was also receiving sporadic shots from the 3rd truck. Everytime a shot was received by the Enemy from the 3rd truck, the Enemy retaliated with very heavy fire. The Enemy stayed away from the 2nd truck as the soldiers in the 3rd truck had a clear line of fire to the 2nd truck. The fight continued for around 25 minutes, at 1715 hrs (5.15 pm) the Enemy withdrew. The news about the ambush reached Gubir. Two platoons from C Company 13 Battalion Malaysian Territorial Army raced to the location.They were late by 45 minutes. 6 soldiers died and 8 wounded in this encounter.

2Lt Syed Ikhmal Hashim survived, recovered from his wounds and left the service after some years.He later joined Territorial Army as a volunteer Officer.Current whereabouts unknown. It will be good to know where he is, anyone ?
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 7:34 PM   4 comments
7 Ranger Locations......
Thursday, May 31, 2007
7 Rangers was located at the following places :

1. Camp Quetta 11, Kluang, Johore - 15 Jan 1970- 14 Jan 1971

2. Camp Lapangan Terbang, Sg. Petani, Kedah - 15th Jan 1971-06th March 1977

3. Camp Kanowit, Sarawak - 07 March 1977-25 Dec 1978

4. Camp Desa Pahlawan, Kota Bharu, Kelantan - 25 Dec 1978- 20 Dec 1984

5. Camp Simanggang, Sri Aman, Sarawak 28 Dec 1984 - 19 Oct 1988

6. Currently at Camp Batu Lima, Mentakab, Pahang 19 Oct 1988 - Now
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:00 AM   0 comments
7 Rangers Involvement in Operations.....
1. Ops Kota
a. Area : Klian Intan, Perak
b. Start/End : 26th Sep 1970-30 Dec 1970
c. Involvement : Bn Strength
d. Mission Search and Destroy
e. CO : Lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
f. Success : No enemy KIA

2. Ops Kota
a. Area : Klian Intan, Perak
b. Start/End : 28th May 1971-16th July 1971
c. Involvement : Bn Strength
d. Mission Search and Destroy
e. CO : Lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
f. Success : No enemy KIA

3. Ops Radak
a. Area : Kulim, Kedah
b. Start/End : 17th Sep 1971-05 Dec 1971
c. Involvement : 2 X Companies
d. Commander : Company Commanders
e. Success : No Enemy KIA

4. Ops Gerakan Khas ( This ops was launched after 15 of 7th Ranger's soldiers were ambushed and killed, three were wounded along the Lundu / Bau Road )
a. Area : Lundu, Sarawak
b. Start/End April 72
c. Involvement : Whole Bn
d. CO : Lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
e. Success : 3 Communists Terrorists killed

5. Ops Kg Opal
a. Area : Lundu, Sarawak
b. Start/End : Jul 72
c. Involvement : Whole Bn
d. CO : lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
e. Success : 1 Enemy KIA

6. Ops Kubang
a. Area : Lundu, Sarawak
b. Start/ End : Jul 72
c. Involvement : Whole Bn
d. CO : lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
e. Success : 2 Enemy killed and 1 wounded

7. Ops Lundu
a. Area : Lundu, Sarawak
b. Start/End : Aug-Sep 1972
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
e. Success : 1 Enemy KIA

8. Ops Setia 11
a. Area : Air Kalai, Kroh, Perak
b. Start/End : 16 March - 08 Jun 1973
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Hussein Ali Piah
e. Success : No Enemy killed

9. Ops Dayoi Musnah
a. Area : Kulim, Kedah
b. Start/End : 17 Sep - 27 Sep 1973
c. Involvement: Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Mukhtar bin Ismail
e. Success : No Enemy killed

10. Ops Setia 1V
a. Area : Sg. Siput, Perak
b. Start/End : 17 Nov 1973 - 10 Dec 1973
c. Involvement : Whole Bn
d. CO : Lt Col Mukhtar bin Ismail
e. Success : 1 Enemy KIA

11. Ops Setia V
a. Area : Raub, Pahang
b. Start/End : 17 Nov 1973- 10 Dec 1973
c. Involvement : Whole Bn
d. CO : Lt Col Mukhtar bin Ismail
e. Success : No Enemy killed

12. Ops Setia V1
a. Area : Slim River, Perak
b. Start/End : 21 Jan 1974 - 16 March 1974
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Low Lye Fook
e. Success : No Enemy killed

13. Ops Gonzales
a. Area : Tg. Malim, Perak
b. Start/End : 7th April 1974 - 7th May 1974
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Low Lye Fook
e. Success : 5 Enemy KIA

14. Ops Kota
a. Area : Kepala batas, Kedah
b. Start/End : 7th April 1974 - 27th Jul 1974
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Low Lye Fook
e. Success : No Enemy killed

15. Ops Sedar
a. Area : Karangan, Kedah
b. Start/End : 01st Aug 1975 - 29th Jan 1976
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col C. A. Loone
e. Success : 2 Enemy KIA

16. Ops Daoyai Musnah
a. Area : Malaysian/Thai Border
b. Start/End : 13th Jan-04th Feb 1977
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col C.A. Loone
e. Success : No Enemy killed

17. Ops Sedar 111
a. Area : Gubir, Kedah
b. Start/End : 29th May 1978 - 03 Aug 1979
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Maurice Lam Shye Choon PGB
e. Success : 3 Enemy KIA

18. Ops Hentam Galas
a. Area : Batu Melintang, Kelantan
b. Start/End : 29th Jan 1979 - 21 Dec 1979
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Maurice Lam Shye Choon PGB
e. Success : 3 Enemy KIA

19. Ops Indera X11
a. Area: Raub : Pahang
b. Start/End : 20th Oct 1979 - 21 dec 1979
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Lokman Hashim @ Luqman Hashim
e. Success : No Enemy killed

20. Ops Hentam Galas
a. Area : Gua Musang, Kelantan
b. Start/End : 02 June 1980 - 20 July 1980
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Lokman Hashim @ Luqman Hashim
e. Success : No Enemy killed

21. Ops Hentam Galas
a. Area : Gua Musang, Kelantan
b. Start/End : 02 Sep 1980 - 31 Oct 1980
c. Involvement : Whole Bn plus attachments
d. CO : lt Col Lokman Hashim @ Luqman Hashim
e. Success : 1 Enemy KIA ( District Committee Member of the 10th Regiment named Ho Pak)

22. Ops Bravo
a. Area : Kroh, Perak
b. Start/End : 03 Jan 1981 - 04 March 1981
c. Involvement : Bn plus support elements
d. CO : Lt Col Mohd Amin bin Mohd Salleh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

23. Ops Hentam Galas
a. Area : Batu Melintang/Gua Musang, Kelantan
b. Start/End : 01 Oct 1981 - 10 Dec 1981
c. Involvement : Bn plus support elements
d. CO : Lt Col Mohd Amin bin Mohd Salleh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

24. Ops Sedar
a. Area : Gubir, Kedah
b. Start/End : 03 April 1983 - 02 July 1983
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : lt Col George Edward Simon
e. Success : No Enemy killed

25. Ops Setia
a. Area : Ipoh, Perak
b. Start/End : 02 Nov 1983 - 29 Dec 1983
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col George Edward Simon
e. Success : No Enemy killed

26. Ops Kris/ Parang
a. Area : Lubuk Antu, Sarawak
b. Start/End : 09 Feb 1985 - 08 May 1985
c. Involvement : Bn plus support elements
d. CO : Lt Col Syed Mohamad bin Syed Alwi Shahab
e. Success : No Enemy killed

27. Ops Idaman
a. Area : Kanowit, Sarawak
b. Start/End : 14 Oct 1985 - 13 Jan 1986
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Syed Mohamad bin Syed Alwi Shahab
e. Success : No Enemy killed

28. Ops Keris/Parang
a. Area : Semantan, Bau, Sarawak
b. Start/End : 18 May 1986 - 17 July 1986
c. Involvement : Battalion plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Syed Mohamad bin Syed Alwi Shahab
e. Success : No Enemy killed

29. Ops Beliong
a. Area : Sector Bravo ( Border Kalimantan)
b. Start/End : 25th Feb 1987 - 24 May 1987
c. Involvement : Bn plus support elements
d. CO : Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

30. Ops Keris/Parang
a. Area : Lubuk Antu, Sarawak
b. Start/End : 14 Sep 1987 - 20 Nov 1987
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

31. Ops Beliong
a. Area : Song, Sarawak
b. Start/End : 21 Feb 1988 - 20 May 1988
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

32. Ops Bersih
a. Area : Bentong, pahang
b. Start/End : 14 March 1989 - 13 April 1989
c. Involvement : 1 X Company plus support elements
d. OC : Capt Mohd Nor bin Othman ( 3000419)
e. Success : Enemy weapons, food dump and equipment recovered.

33. Ops Asli
a. Area : Cameron Highlands, Pahang
b. Strat/End : 07 Jan 1991 - 06 March 1991
c. Involvement ; 1 X Company plus support elements
d. OC : Capt Christopher Joseph ( 370943)
e. Success : No Enemy killed

34. Ops Kenarong
a. Area : Grik, Perak
b. Start/End : 04 Jan 1990 - 03 March 1990
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

35. Ops Kota Echo/Foxtrot
a. Area : Batu Melintang, Kelantan
b. Start/End : 01 Seo 1990 - 07 Jan 1991
c. Involvement : Bn plus attachments
d. CO : Lt Col Harbajan Singh al Jagat Singh
e. Success : No Enemy killed

36. Ops Asli
a. Area : Cameron Highlands
b. Start/End : 05 Sep 1991 - 17 Dec 1991
c. Involvement : 1 X Company plus support elements
d. OC : Capt Christopher Joseph (370943)
e. Success : No Enemy killed
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 1:59 AM   0 comments
Roll of Honour........... 7th Rangers ( Mech )
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
The unit experienced death and wounded throughout the war against the Communists

1. Rgr Rabu bin Abd Kadir
Location : Kulim, Kedah
Date : 19 Sep 1971
Incident : Accidental death ( Killed by own forces)

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The Enemy with captured 7th Ranger Weapons after the ambush, all weapons were recovered. All the Enemy who were posing with arrogance in this picture were later killed by 7th Rangers.
2. 15567 Sgt Basha bin Sulaiman
3. 18092 Cpl Mohd Akhir bin Abd Rahman
4. 206925 Cpl Salleh bin Embong
5. 15967 LCpl Yusuf bin Ayub
6. 931188 Rgr Ramli bin Rejab
7. 928923 Rgr Haris bin Sekar
8. 930465 Rgr Mohamad bin Nayan
9. 928223 Rgr Abd Razak bin Deraman
10. 925552 Rgr Salmi bin Ismail
11. 22904 Rgr Abd Talib bin Sin
12. 928632 Rgr Wan Hassan bin Ideris
13. 14071 Rgr Zainal bin Mohd Noor
14. 931182 Rgr Hamid bin Yatim
15. 228350 Rgr Mohd Saad bin Ahmad
16. 925353 Rgr Ongging bin Jawi

Location : Biawak/Lundu Road
Date : 26th March 1972
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One of the prepared enemy position.
Incident : 15 Soldiers killed. Ambushed on route from Biawak to Lundu. Only 3 survivors who were wounded. The soldiers were on a vehicle, the enemy were in well prepared positions, behind huge timber logs, some positions were dug under the timber logs. Single biggest casualty for 7 Rangers.
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The truck is a Bedford Truck, it was completely destroyed, most of the casualties were from this truck. It was one of the vehicles on the road.


17. 15898 Cpl Ahmad bin Medo
18. 933295 Rgr Zakaria bin Abd Rahman
19. 930373 Rgr Ideris bin Ismail
20. 932970 Rgr Hassan bin Ahmad
21. 930209 Rgr Mohd Kamal bin Din
22. 932422 Rgr Dumbon ak Chek

Location : Gubir/ Mong Gajah, Perak
Date : 7th April 1975

Incident : This was a vehicle ambush along a winding hilly area. Ambush positions were prepared by the enemy. Six soldiers fell in this ambush, which was during Ops Sedar.

23. 2Lt Jagathisan

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Lt Jagathisan's casket drapped in a Malaysian Flag being prepared on board an aircraft to be flown back to Peninsular Malaysia.

Location : Kanowit, Sarawak
Date : 20 Sep 1977

Incident : On riverine operations drowned in the Kanowit river.

24. 455666 Rgr Yazid bin Zakaria

Location : Malaysian/Thai border
Date : 22 Jan 1977

Incident : During Operation Daoyai Musnah stepped on a booby trap and was killed on the spot.

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A typical congratulatory message on confirmed kills.

Other Soldiers Wounded In Action
1. 15736 Rgr Abdul Hamid bin Mohd Saad
2. 930474 Rgr Shahar bin Yahaya
3. 452752 Rgr Alimin bin Ibrahim
4. 928126 Rgr Zainuddin bin Ahmad

Location : Biawak/Lundu Sarawak
Date : 26th March 1972
Incident : Involved in the ambush where 15 soldiers were killed.

5. Lt Tong Lye Heng
Location : Jungles of perak
Date : 10 June 1971
Incident : During Ops Kota was shot by the Enemy
6. 928977 Sgt Wan Ahmad bin Abu Bakar
Location : Sg. Siput, Perak
Date : 30 April 1973
Incident : During operations stepped on a booby trap.

7. 925955 LCpl Ismail bin Jaafar
Location : Sungei Siput, Perak
Date : 16 Oct 1973
Incident : Whilst on operations stepped on a booby trap.

8. 925953 Rgr Yahya bin Man
Location : Weng, Kedah
Date : 10 april 1975
Incident : Whilst on operations stepped on a booby trap.

9. 1014139 Rgr Anchu ak Ang Kamar and 10. 930329 Cpl Saad bin Mat
Location : Gubir, Kedah
Incident : One of them stepped on a booby trap during Operation Sedar. Both were wounded in their legs.

11. 933623 Rgr Nik Ya bin Noor
Location : Gubir, Kedah
Date : 21 June 1978
Incident : Whilst on Operation Sedar stepped on a booby trap, injuring his left leg severely.

12. 551856 Rgr Hamid bin Kecil
Location : Ipoh, Perak
Date : 21 Sep 1978
Incident : Whilst on Operation Setia 11 stepped on a booby trap.

13. 928266 Sgt Hussin bin Yaakob
Location : Malaysian/Thai border
Date : 26th July 1979
Incident : Whilst Operation Selamat Sawadee, 794 Bravo, stepped on a booby trap, his right leg had to be amputated.

14. 933379 Rgr Razali bin Din and 15. 1010057 Rgr Jambi ak Suyung
Location : Malaysian/Thai border
Date : 27 July 1979
Incident : Whilst on Operation Selamat Sawadee, one of them stepped on a booby trap wounding them both.

16. 930380 Rgr Yusuf, 17. 32497 Rgr Ramlan and 18. 932332 Rgr Damsau
Location : Malaysian/Thai border
Date : 14th August 1979
Incident : One of them stepped on a booby trap during Operation Selamat Sawadee, wounding all three of them.

19. 551624 LCpl Hamid bin Hassan
Location : Malaysian/Thai border
Date : 22 August 1979
Incident : During Operation Selamat Sawadee stepped on a booby trap.

20. 19572 Cpl Buang bin Surip
Location : Malaysian/Thai border
Date : 27 August 1979
Incident : Stepped on a booby trap during Operation Selamat Sawadee
Cpl Buang Surip was known for his shootong skills, he was an excellent shot with a pistol and the Sterling sub-machine gun. He spent his days in the battalion coaching, soldiers on shooting. Also trained the wives who were memebrs of the wives club in shooting.

Note : Operation Selamat Sawadee was the single most operation that created the most amount of casualties for 7th Rangers.
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