Squadron Celebrates 66th Anniversary

By Mei Kuan

A parade consisting of four Officers and 103 Other Ranks was held to commemorate the 66-year anniversary of the Taiping-based First Royal Engineer Squadron. The detachment was established on January 1, 1954.

Held on Wednesday, January 1 at the parade ground of Sangro Camp, Taiping, the contingent was led by Captain Syuriya Binti Mohamad, the squadron’s second-in-command. Major Mohd Dzul Hakim bin Hj Khalid, the squadron commander, was the inspecting officer.

Among those present were former Chief Engineer, Brig-Gen Dato’ Mohd Hashim bin Hj Abdullah (Rtd), former squadron commanders, serving members of the squadron and members of the unit’s wives’ club.

In his speech, Major Mohd Dzul Hakim congratulated those who were recently promoted and those who received letters of commendation from the regiment.

After a photography session, officers and guests proceeded to the unit’s historical corner where achievements of the squadron were highlighted.

A pantomime dedicated to L/Cpl Mohd Jamal bin Abd Rahman (Rtd) who was wounded during Operation Kota at Temenggor Dam in 1975 was the highlight of the celebration.

Major Mohd Dzul then presented a cash donation to Mohd Jamal and a representative of the late Staff Sergeant Gahani who passed away on December 12, 2019.

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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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