The Military Community Volunteering Day held recently at Kem Syed Putra, Tambun, according to the Chief of Staff of HQ 2 Infantry Brigade, Lt-Col Johnny Lim, was a huge success.
The two-day practical exhibition attracted over 50,000 people of all races. Themed Tentera dan Rakyat Sentiasa Bersama (Army and People Are Always Together) it was officiated by Ipoh Mayor, Dato’ Roshidi Hashim.
Roshidi thanked the Ipoh-based army brigade for inviting him to officiate at the function. He felt that the staging of such an informal event, which allowed for interaction between the military and the public, would have a positive impact on the Ipoh community.
The objective of the exhibition was to instil the spirit of volunteerism among members of the armed forces and the public. The exhibits included weapons and equipment displays with the most visited being the “grounded” French-made Alouette helicopter. The medical check-up tents was the other popular attraction. Visitors too participated in tele-matches vying for the many attractive prizes on offer.
Nearly 500 registered as Perajurit Muda (young soldiers) and they included former National Service trainees, S. Thibashini, 21, and S. Kogilavani, 23. Over 200 registered themselves as volunteers with the Ipoh-based 503 Territorial Regiment.
Visitors were also treated to joy-rides in the popular American-made High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle better known as Humvee made famous during Operation Desert Storm. Static display by armoured vehicles in the army arsenal attracted much attention as well.
Among the dignitaries who turned up at the launch were the state police chief, DCP Dato’ Pahlawan Mohd Shukri Dahlan, Brig-Gen Dato’ Pahlawan Zulkiflie Mansor, Assistant Chief of Staff Army HQ and senior military and police officers.