By THE STAR | MALAYSIA |
August is a month of independence for Malaysia and it is usually celebrated with great applause.
Despite the excitement of the country’s independence celebrations, some of the country’s soldiers still remember the events of the colonial period and went through bitter moments of communist threat.
Khushwant Singh or affectionately called Khushwant shared his father’s experience as a member of a forest police team when contacted by mStar.
Khuswant’s father Charan Singh began serving in the Police Field Force (PFF) in Ulu Kinta from 1965 to 1987. [Corrected].
“My dad has actually been a forest police officer since he was 17 and he really loves the country. Every year in August, he must raise the Malaysian flag and pay homage to the flag as he and his team move like a family struggling to save the country.
“He told stories in the communist era that he saw his own friends being shot and killed by communist terrorists in the eyes.
“When they were in the woods, they had to starve and eat fruit, sometimes eating rice only with soy sauce,” he said, who now lives in Shah Alam, Selangor.
Charan Singh and his army moved as a family fought to save the country. Being a soldier was not easy for Charan Singh, but his loyalty to the country made him willing to risk his life for the sake of Malaysia’s security. For a cohort of police officers serving more than 30 years in this security force, Malaysia is everything and for him this is ‘the land of my blood’.
Khushwant is proud of the sacrifice of his father who is willing to risk his life in keeping the country safe.
Khushwant, 45, also said his 73-year-old father had served the Malaysia-Thailand border and had been involved in the marine police for a year since 1988 before joining the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters in 1990 until retiring in 1995.
In fact, while his father was a forest police officer, Khushwant’s family had the opportunity to live with others in the barracks of the Police Field Force (PPH), Ulu Kinta, Perak and Alor Setar, Kedah.
For Khushwant, the neighborhood in the barracks is so harmonious that they always help each other despite their differences.
“When we were little, we rarely saw dad at home because he left for work in the middle of the night and he spent three to four months on duty.
“In the barracks, we live in various races and the neighbours always help my mother when she needs help because my dad is always in the woods.
“But looking at the various racial issues that occurred in the last two or three months, my father expresses his sadness because we used to live in barracks like a family of different races,” he said, the second of three siblings.
Read full story, ‘Tested for stage 4 cancer, this Singh police pensioner never failed to salute the Jalur Gemilang, “To this day when you hear my country, dad will wake up”’ (MStar, 28 Aug 2019), here.
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