BATU PAHAT – An army veteran could never forget how a fellow soldier was murdered before his eyes and the people being tortured brutally during the communist insurgence between 1954 and 1958.
Nordin Hussin, 88, said at that time, he was a storekeeper at the armed forces artillery unit in Yishun Camp, Singapore and he would sometimes deliver war equipment and food to his comrades in Tanah Melayu.
“I saw many brutal acts by the communists. Besides killing my friends, they burned down people’s houses, buses and tortured the villagers. I was nearly caught once, but I managed to escape,” he told reporters today.
He was met during a visit programme on the Armed Forces veterans in conjunction with the 63rd National Month celebration organised by KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital and Econsave Supermarket in Senggarang, here.
Meanwhile, KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital chief executive officer Mohd Azhar Abdullah said the programme was their corporate social responsibility to appreciate the veterans sacrifices in fighting for the country.
They also visited two other veterans namely former Warrant Officer 1, Ahmad Adnan, 77, who was a member of the 10th Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment and Corporal Ahmad Sapuan Yaakub, 77, who had served in the Armed Forces Engineering Corp.
The veterans were presented with daily necessities and health support equipment such as a wheelchair, walking stick and health package worth RM600.