| Singapore | 10 Aug 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Lieutenant-Colonel (Retd.) Daljeet Singh, one of Singapore’s pioneer army officers who saw action during the Konfrontasi, was featured in a Singapore website as as the republic celebrates its 50 years of independence.
LCT Daljeet, a former commanding officer of 3SIR Bedok Camp and retired with rank of LTC, was one of the Singaporeans featured in All Singapore Stuff‘s SG50 Series, a reader driven effort to celebrate 50 years of being Singaporean.
He was also seen in Singapore’s National Day Parade 2015, part of its massive celebration 50 years of Independence, dubbed SG50. In a photo published by the Facebook page for the National Day Parade 2015, LCT Daljeet was seen waving from an armoured vehicle.
“The mobile column displayed the readiness of the SAF and Home Team, and also how our Pioneers built up our forces from next to nothing. On some vehicles we saw parents and children – two generations serving. The torch passed on, from generation to generation,” according to remarks attributed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
LCT Daljeet was also mentioned in a story in Asia Samachar entitled ‘Singapore honours armed forces veterans at Khalsa Week’ (14 April 2015).
This is the entry on him at All Singapore Stuff:
Because of our conflict last time with Indonesia, our last time soldiers were sent to deal with Indonesian commandos that infiltrated into Malaysia to do sabotage. LTC Daljit Singh was one of the few young lieutenant platoon commanders at the time.
After an incident where Indonesian commandos killed and mutilated the bodies of 9 men from 2SIR in Kota Tinggi, Daljit Singh and other troops were sent from Singapore into Malaysia to flush out these Indonesia commandos.
It took Daljit Singh and other brave men three months to hunt down these saboteurs and in total, they killed or captured a total of around 60 Indonesian commandos. Daljit Singh alone was credited for single-handedly killing 6 or 7 enemy combatants during this operation in Kota Tinggi.
Men like Daljit Singh are the true Singapore heroes that seldom get mention. We need to put these brave men in our history textbook and let our people be proud of their sacrifice and achievements. Please spread this info to Singaporeans.
The original article can be read here.
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