By Tan Mei Kuan
Perak-based Second Malaysian Infantry Brigade, in collaboration with non-governmental organisation ‘Make A Wish Malaysia’, helped realised Muhammad Khuzaimy Raykhal bin Khuzaine Rusli’s wish to know what life is like as a soldier and the thrill of riding on an APC (armoured personnel carrier).
Hailing from Taman Seri Rapat in Ipoh, Raykhal, 5, has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
The special event was held on Saturday, August 10 at Syed Putra Camp along Jalan Tambun, Ipoh. Raykhal was taken on a ride in a high-tactical mobility vehicle known as VAMTAC similar in appearance to the American-made Humvee. This was in addition to a cooking demonstration of combat rations and related military activities. He too had a close look at a mounted General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), a company support weapon on display.
Commander 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Brigadier-General Malek Razak Sulaiman presented Raykhal with souvenirs which included an army camouflage T-shirt and summer cap.
Present were Lt-Col Mohd Khairi bin Amri, Commanding Officer Second Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment (2 RRD), Caroline Christopher from ‘Make A Wish Malaysia’ and Raykhal’s family.
In line with the tagline ‘Tentera dan Rakyat Berpisah Tiada’ (the army and the people will never be apart), the programme was aimed at boosting the kid’s resilience and to motivate him to fight his illness besides creating a memorable impression for him.