The annual remembrance ceremony at the Anglican cemetery, Batu Gajah (better known as God’s Little Acre) is to honour those who gave up their lives during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960).
It is a solemn occasion where veterans from among planters, miners, the Police Force and Commonwealth troops pay tribute to their fallen comrades.
This years’ ceremony saw over 37 wreaths being laid by representatives on the cenotaph.
British High Commissioner, His Excellency Simon Featherstone was one of those present at the service.
Also present were former CPO of Perak, Tan Sri Yuen Yuet Ling and former OCPD of Batu Gajah Dato R. Thambipillay. Both were instrumental in organising the first remembrance ceremony at the site in 1980.
The Bek-Nielsen brothers, Dato Carl and Martin were notably present and represented the planters when laying the wreath.
The event at Batu Gajah was organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Association..
The Malayan Emergency was triggered when Communist guerillas shot dead three European rubber planters at Sungai Siput on June 16, 1948.
Another memorial service was held on the same day at the Gurkha Cemetery located within Camp Syed Putra, Tambun Road. The event here was organised by the Wira Association of Malaysia with the assistance of the 2nd Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment.
His Excellency Mr Lekah Nath Bhattarai, the Acting Ambassador of Nepal was present at the ceremony as were the representatives of the British and Australian High Commissions.
Upon arrival the guests were greeted by bagpipers from the 2nd Royal Ranger Regiment and the Royal Gurkha Rifles from Brunei.
The day’s ceremonies ended with a sumptuous luncheon at the Royal Ipoh Club.