Granting Raykhal’s Wish

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.

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Tan Mei Kuan

Tan Mei Kuan graduated with first-class honours and book prize from University of Malaya majoring in languages and linguistics (English). She is proficient in both written and spoken English and Malay. She is also conversant in Mandarin and has knowledge of Japanese and Korean languages. Mei Kuan has been on the Dean’s List for three years running. Having written for the campus newspaper and residential college magazine, joining Ipoh Echo has helped utilise her writing and language skills. In her spare time she enjoys running (races).

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