A Toast to the Guns
By them we live,For them we would die.
Whatever the Mission,We'll give it a try.
We'll serve them with HonorFor they are the ones;
That make us 'Gunners',
So here's to the Guns: TO THE GUNS!!
THERE IS NO JOB IN THE ARTILLERY FOR THE WEAK, THE TIMID OR THE INDECISIVE
As we aim to please, you aim too please. At last, we have a means to get connected and also share thoughts,ideas and rantings. I strongly urge my bretheren at arms to actively participate and lend credibility to this blogsite. We shall endeavour to avoid sensitive issues and remain loyal to the needs of good information and generally entertaining news and views. Being gentlemen, I anticipate a fun site. Thank you.
A couple of weeks ago an idea was mooted to visit the exact location of Kem Kajang. This is the place, if we recall where it all began in 1957 for the Malaysian Artillery. That day was a Saturday morning and the RV was along Jalan Bukit at the last known camp location. The team was headed by Dato'Jaafar himself with Dato' Hadi, Maj.Ganeson and yours truly. Two reliable guides were roped in to provide accurate historical perspectives - QM Hamid & QM Zahir.
Like true gunners, all were at the RV at the appointed time. Yes, we discovered that there is no trace whatsoever, of the camp. Straddling the road was a hardware yard on one side and on Lot 5 Seksyen 10 stood the New Era College.
So much for progress eradicating all traces of history. The least we could do was to record something. Then Dato' Hadi put pen to paper and the 'pioneers'started rattling away about the layout of the camp. After much discussion and corrections, based on sheer memory,a fairly accurate layout sketch revealed itself. "If only we had an old bird's eye view photo", I thought to myself.
Next on the agenda was to visit the Kampong Paya area, where it was recalled that some of the gunners rented homes to stay. A kind gentleman watching us loitering, invited us over to his nursery and treated us with snacks and drinks, whilst trading old stories. QM Zahir, being the typical host that he is, insisted that all arrangements has been made for a coffee break at his house, and no excuses shall be accepted. With little choice left, we convoyed to his home. A fantastic spread awaited us and more old stories came out from both QMs. My most memorable phrase was when Zahir recalled his Sergeant Major telling him as a gunner - "You Zahir, are like a lighted bulb, painted black on the outside- you will remain in the gunner rank with no future". We laughed out loud at the analogy and the misprediction as Zahir made it to Major(QM) rank when he retired. According to Zahir, it all started with good hand writing - that's another story which shall be told on our next outing. Any suggestions, anyone?
CAMP LOCATION NOW - GUNPARK SIDE
CAMP LOCATION- GUARD ROOM SIDE
Mej. A R Ramachandran (Retired)