History of the Rangers: History of the 9th Battalion Royal Ranger Battalion - Part 1
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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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History of the 9th Battalion Royal Ranger Battalion - Part 1
Thursday, July 20, 2006
The 9th Battalion of the Ranger Regiment, originated from the 14th Malaysian Territorial Army, which was formed on the 1st April 1971 in Tawau, Sabah. The members of this battalion were locals who were members of the Local Defence Force. The original purpose was that Sabah wanted to have a Military unit specially made up of Sabahans. The Army had it’s own purpose where it converted the 14th MTA Battalion into a regualr unit by converting it into the 9th Battalion Rangers on the 1st of March 1979, at the Batu Uban Camp in Penang. The motto of the this new Ranger Battalion was “Sian Bani Manang”, which in the Bajau language, meant “Who Dares Wins”.

2. During that time, to fill up the strength of the battalion, mobilised as well as regular soldiers form Penisular Malaysia were absorbed into the unit. The stae government was under the Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustaffa Harun, he was willing to finance the equipment and material for this battalion.This offer by the Chief minister was turned down by the Fedral Government, as it would make that battalion into the “Army of Sabah”.

3.14 MTA wasconverted into 9th rangers in line with the Army’s expansion plan on the 1st March 1979 at the Batu Uban Camp on the island of Penang.

History of the Camp

This camp in Taiping was built in 1870, which became the headquarters of the Perak Military Police . In the year, a titled person, Ngah Ibrahim hired cpatin Speedy to enforce laws on the coming of the Chinese labour for use in the tin mines. The camp was named “Perak Armed Police”, after which was changed to “1st Perak Sikhs”. In 1896 under the Federated Malay States, the name of the camp was once again changed to the “Malay States Guides’, which particiapted with Aden’s Field Forces during the First World War, fighting in Turkey.

In 1919, the “Malay States Guides” was abolished and replaced with Army of Burma under the British Raj in India until the end of World War 2. After the war the camp was renamed once again as, “ Town Barrack Camp”. The statue of Colonel Walker which was kept at the guardhouse was handed over to the Taiping Museum.

List of Commanding Officers
Since the formation of this unit 28 years ago, the unit has been commanded by 17 Commanding Officers and 3 Acting Commanding Officers. The Commanding Officers are listed below:
1. Lt Col Hj Ismail Ghows PGB ADK BSK (2020) 1 Apr 71 -23 Apr 73
2. Lt Col Zainal Abidin bin Mohd Dan ADK psc (12168)15 Sep 73-31 Dec 76
3. Lt Col Harun Rasheed bin Hj Mat Dom BSK psc (12165) 1 Jan 77 - 27 Jan 79
4. Lt Col Harchand Singh KMB ADK PPT KPK (200022)28 Jan 79 - 31 Dec 81
5. Lt Col Soman al Selvarajah psc (200574) 1 Jan 82 - 31 Dec 86
6. Lt Col Abd Ghani bin Othman BSK AMN psc (410122)1 Jan 84 -28 Feb 86
7. Lt Col Abang Mohd Ali Badren bin Abang Willie psc(410325)1 Mar 86 -30 Jun 89
8. Lt Col Thavakumar al V.N. Ganesan PJK psc (200610) 1 Jul 89 -1 Aug 92
9. Lt Col Azroie bin Hj Ahmad psc (410912) 2 Aug 92 -29 Jun 94
10. Lt Col Mah Cheok Sai PPT PKT psc (200974) 30 Jun 94 - 31 Aug 95
11. Lt Col Amreek Singh al Partap Singh KAT ABS PJK psc(370354)1 Sep 95 -31 May 97
12. Lt Col Stephen Mundaw KAT PKT psc (3000594)1 Jun 97 -7 Feb 99
13. Maj Azlan Shah Aziz bin Dato' Dr Aziz (3001406) 8 Feb 99 - 25 Oct 99
14. Lt Col Stephen Mundaw KAT ACM PKT mpat psc (3000594) 25 Oct 99 -5 Feb 01
15. Maj Gulam Rasul bin Hj Abdus Subhan (3002396) 5 Feb 01 - 21 Sep 01
16. Lt Col Azroie bin Hj Ahmad KMN psc (PAK) PNBB(410912) 21 Sep 01 -6 Jul 02
17. Lt Col A. Endry Nixon AMP KAT psc MM (AIM-Manila) (3001224)7 Jul 02-21 Sep 04
18. Maj Zainudin bin Mustaffa (3003566) 21 Sep 04 -23 Okt 04
19. Lt Col Mohd Melintang bin Abdullah KAT ABS ABK PNBB DBS (UiTM) Dip In Log
(UKM) CMBA (UNIMAS) kpk (3000515) 23 Oct 04 -28 Feb 06
20. Lt Col Mohd Mansor bin Hj Mohd Sharip AMN MM (UM) lmt (3004114) - Mar 06 Nov

Regimental Sergeant Majors

Since the unit’s formation there have been a total of 13 RSM’s. They are listed below:
1. 203235 WO I Din bin Daud 12 Jan 79-31 Jul 80
2. 901288 WO I Atun ak Entika 10 Aug 80-28 Mar 83
3. 928254 WO I Ahmad bin Said PJK 29 Mar 83-3 Jan 86
4. 901001 WO I Upon ak Beti 1 Feb 86-15 Mar 87
5. 929767 WO I Jamaluddin bin Mohd Yusof 16 Mar 87-31 Dec 88
6. 931662 WO I Ambrose ak Uning PKH 1 Jan 89-9 Jul 92
7. 933436 WO I Tahir bin Long 10 Jul 92-9 Oct 94
8. 1014187 WO I Peter Friday ak Maing 10 Oct 94-27 Jul 95
9. 1014155 WO I Hakam ak Kadir 27 Jul 95-8 Dec 98
10. 1035562 WO I Suhayati bin Mohd Noor 9 Dec 98-8 Jan 01
11. 1071252 WO I Mohd Tarmizi bin Abdul Rahman 19 Apr 01-31 Oct 02
12. 1064270 WO I Boslim bin Hassan AMN PJB 31 Oct 02-3 Jul 05
13. 1072666 WO I Abd Majid bin Mislan 4 Jul 05-Nov

Locations

Since the formation of the unit, it was based at the following locations:

1. Raffaeei Camp , Tawau, Sabah Apr 1971-Jun 1974
2. Sri Kinabatangan Camp, Sandakan, Sabah Jun 1974-Nov 1975
3. Batu Uban Camp, Pulau Pinang Nov 1975-Jun 1983
4. Oran Camp, Perlis Jun 1983-Nov 1989
5. Kukusan Camp, Tawau, Sabah Nov 1989-Dec 1993
6. Town Barrack Camp, Taiping, Perak Dec 1993-Now

Second in Command

a. Maj Mohd Nadzir bin Mohd Jamin (7611)- 1977 - 1978

b. Maj Mohd Kassim bin Abd Kadir (410327)- 1978 - 1979

c. Maj Mohd Afifi bin Hj Kassim (410239)- 1979 - 1980

d. Maj Amal Kumar Choudhuery (200916)- 1981 - 1982

e. Maj Fathol Zaman bin Bukhari (410445)- 1983 - 1984

f. Maj Abu Mansor bin Taib (60521)- 1984 - 1985

g. Maj Abd Rahman bin Mohd Ali (41091)- 1986 - 1987

h. Maj Raja Kamaruzaman bin Raja Lope Zainuddin (411060)- 1987 - 1988

i. Maj Mohd Basri bin Din (411040)- 1988 - 1989

j. Maj Azizan bin Taib (411388)- 1990 - 1990

k. Maj Othman bin Jaafar (3001294)- 1991 - 1992

l. Maj Zainal Bahren bin Hj Zainuddin (411341)- 1992 - 1993

m. Maj Osman bin Pandak Udin (411308)- 1992 - 1993

n. Maj Ong Chew Wee (370407)- 1994 - 1995

o. Maj Chua Eng Lye (370472)- 1995 - 1996

p. Maj Zulkifli bin Mansor (411863)- 1996 - 1997

q. Maj Azlan Shah Aziz bin Dato’ Dr Aziz- 1998 - 1999

r. Mej Jasvinder Singh al Narajan Singh (3003517)- 1999 - 2000

s. Maj Gulam Rasul bin hj Abdus Subhan (3002396)- 2000 - 2001

t. Maj Zaharim bin Taharim (3004038)- 5 Feb 2001 - 21 Sep 2001

u. Maj Gulam Rasul bin Hj Abdus Subhan (3002396)- 22 Sep 2001 - 15 Jun 03

w. Maj Zainudin bin Mustaffa (3003566) -16 Jun 03 - 03 Mar 2005

x. Maj Hashim bin Osman (3004230)- 04 Mac 2005 – Now

y. Maj Hamili bin Hamdan (3004403) -

10. Field Officers

a. Maj Thavakumar al V.N Ganasan (200610) - 1976

b. Maj Yap Chok Sang (200837) - 1976

c. Maj Kamaruddin bin Nastan (410213) - 1977

d. Maj Kassim bin Abd Kadir (410327) - Mar 1978

e. Maj Ajit Singh (200178) - Sep 1978

f. Maj Afifi bin Haji Kassim (200913) - 1979

g. Maj Mohd Salleh bin Hj Awang (410133) - 1980

h. Maj A K Chovahuarey (200916) - Feb 1981

i. Maj Abd Rahman bin Ali (410416) - Dec 1982

j. Maj Fathol Zaman Bukhari (410445) - 1982

k. Maj Mohd Daud bin Mohd Noor (60349) - 1983

l. Maj Zainuddin b. Haji Yusuff (411653) - 1984

m. Maj Mohd Ali Ibrahim (410529) - Jan 1985

n. Maj (KM) Othman bin Jaafar (3001294) - 1985

o. Maj Zulkifli bin Mansor (411863) - 1986

p. Maj Chew Keng Beng (370355) - Feb 1986

q. Mea Che Rose bin Mohd Zain (411099) - Dec 1987

r. Mej Mohd Basri bin Din (411040) - 1988

s. Maj Zainuddin b. Yusof (411653) - 1989

t. Maj Harban Singh al Achar Singh (370800)- 1990

u. Maj Zainal Baharin bin Hj Zainuddin (411341)- 1990 – 1992

v. Maj Azizan bin Taib (411388) Jan 1993 – Aug 1993

w. Maj (KM) S. Punnga ak Bundar (3003175) Aug 1993 – Oct 1993

x. Maj Tam Eng Swee (370248) Oct 1993 – Dec 1993

y. Maj Osman bin Pandak Udin (411308) Jan 1994 – May 1994

z. Maj Shafie bin Ismail (60494) May 1994 – Dec 1994

aa. Maj Mohd Ali Khan bin Muhamad Husain (3000882) Aug 1994 – Oct 1994

ab. Maj Ong Chew Wee (370407)- Oct 1994 – Jan 1995

ac. Maj Anuar bin Omar (422501) Jan 1995 – Aug 1995

ad. Maj Chua Eng Lye (370472) Aug 1995 – Dec 1995

ae. Maj Ahmad Bakri bin Majid (3002148) Dec 1995 – Jun 1996

af. Maj Abd Aziz bin Inknon (3000908) Jun 1996 – Dec 1996

ag. Maj Roslan bin Abdul Hamid (3001542) Jan 1997 – May 1997

ah. Maj Akhbar bin Mokhtar (3001534) May 1997 – Sep 1997

ai. Maj Leong Van Hing (3000851) Sep 1997 – Dec 1997

aj. Maj Morgan al P. Ramayanan (3002251) Jan 1998 – May 1998

ak. Maj Jasvinder Singh al Narajan Singh (3003517) May 1998 – Aug 1998

al. Maj Amran bin Baharom (3001417) Aug 1998 – Oct 1998

am. Maj Anwar bin Abu Bakar (3000623) Oct 1998 – Jan 1999

an. Maj (KM) Hassan bin Hussain (3003640) Jan 1999 – Feb 1999

ao. Maj Tara Singh al Suran Singh (3000649) - Feb 1999 – May 1999

ap. Maj Zaharim bin Taharim (3004038) May 1999 – Oct 1999

aq. Maj Mohd Noor bin Othman (3000419) Oct 1999 – Jan 2001

ar. Maj Bathmanathan al Marimuthu ( 3001219) Jan 2001 – Nov 2004

as. Maj Zaharim bin Taharim (3004038) Jun 2001 – Jan 2002

at. Maj Mohd Ali bin Mohd Noor (3004278) Jan 2002 – Jan 2003

au. Maj Ilyas bin Hanafi (3004368) Jan 2003 until now

av. Maj Mohd Shamsul bin Mohd Arshad (3006013) Jan 2003 – Jul 2004

aw. Capt Jasmifaiezan bin Jalaludin Saiufi (3006125)Aug 2004 until now

ax. Maj Abu Bakar bin Kamarozaman (3004566) Nov 2003 until now

ay. Maj Raznam Razaaky bin Ibrahim (3007188) Sep 2004 until now

az. Maj Saiful Fitri bin Mat Rashid (3007519)Aug 2005 until now

ba. Capt (KM) Gunalan al Kasimuthu - Dec 2003 until now

Involvement in operations

11. Operations

a. Ops Hentam Sedar III

(1) Area. Kedah

(2) Start - End. 29.6.76 - 24.10.76

(3) No kills

b. Ops Kota Delta

(1) Area. Kedah

(2) Start - End. 4.12.76 - 30.9.77

(3) No kills


c. Ops Kota Charlie

(1) Area. Kedah

(2) Start - End 4.6.77 - 8.9.77

(3) No kills

e. Ops Kota Delta

(1) Area. Kedah

(2) Start - End. 28.10.77 - 31.1.78

(3) No kills

f. Ops Sedar Gubir II

(1) Area. Kedah

(2) Start - End. 6.4.78 - 5.10.78

(3) Commanding Officer.Lt Kol Harun Rashid bin Hj Mohd Dom

(5) Successes:
Operation Sedar Gubir II.On the 25th of May 1978 at around 1845 hrs, Platoon No. 4 of Bravo Company (it was 14th MTA at that time), with 1 officer and 14 other ranks, set up an ambush position led by Lieutenant ISHAK BIN MAT ISA (411770) Grid Reference 469765 (close to the Malaysian/Thai border). This group of soldiers managed to successfully spring the ambush on 5 to 6 Communist Terrorists. They managed to kill one of them, in that ambush a memeber of this group was wounded, in his left elbow when the fleeing enemy returned fire. A M15 rifle and the personal belongings of the dead enemy were recovered from the dead enemy.

g. Ops Sedar Gubir II

(1) Area. Thailand

(2) Start - End. 6.4.78 - 5.6.78

(4) Commanding Officer. Lt Kol Harun Rashid bin Hj Mohd Dom

(5) Successes:
Operation Selamat Sawadie I. On the 10th May 1978 at around 1530 hrs, Platoon No.8 of Charlie Company, led by an Officer Second Lieutenant MUDA SHARKAWI @ ZAINUDDIN BIN DAWI (411661), with his 13 soldiers was conducting a patrol in BAN WATPHAI (Malaysian/Thai border). They came across an enemy position, to which thy reacted by launching an immediate attack at Grid Reference 311813. In that attack, the Platoon managed to kill 3 Communist Terrorists, another 4 of the enemy fled for their lives, they were believed to be wounded as there were blood trails leading out of the conatct area. 3 Enemy carbines, documents and the personal belongings of the enemy were captured.

h. Ops Setia II

(1) Area. Perak

(2) Start - End. 10.7.78 - 12.9.78

(4) Commanding Officer. Lt Col Harun Rashid bin Hj Mohd Dom

(5) No kills

.....to be continued
posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:39 PM  
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