HARI INI DALAM SEJARAH - 50 TAHUN LALU

On this date 50 years ago, 8 Dec 1962, 32 Officer Cadets of Regular Intake 05, Federation Military College (later, Royal Military College), Sungai Besi (including three from Brunei and three from Singapore) were commissioned as 2nd Lt, after successfully completed their two year officer cadet training.

On 2 Jan 1961, the intake started with 53 officer cadets (when they reported for training at the Federation Military College, then in Port Dickson, which moved to Sungai Besi in April 1961) - 45 for the Army (including three from Brunei and three from Singapore), six for the Navy and two for the Air Force. 10 Army Officer Cadets had to leave during the first year and two were sent to continue their training in OCS Portsea, Australia. The six Navy Cadets continued their naval training at the BRNC, Dartmouth, United Kingdom in Sep 1961 and were commissioned in Sep 1963. The two Air Force Cadets were commissioned in December 1961 and continued their flying training at the Flying Training School, RNZAF Wigram, Christchurch, New Zealand for a period of 18 months.

DYMM Tuanku Syed Putra Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Hassan Jamalullail, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong Ke-3, took the royal salute during the commissioning (Sovereign) parade, which also saw the Officer Cadets of Regular Intake 06 and the 300 or so "Budak Boys" from the eight companies of the Boys' Wing of the College on parade. The Parade Commander was Cadet JUO H'ng Hung Meng, who received the "Sword of Honour" award, whilst Cadet JUO Raja Abd Rashid bin Raja Badiozaman received the "First in the Order of Merit" award.

All have since left the Service. Of the 29 who were commissioned into the Malaysian Army (including two from OCS Portsea), 10 have since passed away (two whilst in Service). Two made it to Lt Jen, one to Mej Jen, two to Brig Jen, four to Kol, 11 to Lt Kol, seven to Mej and two to Kapt. 19 left before their compulsory retirement age on their own request. Of the six who were later commissioned into the Navy, one has since passed away. Two made it to Laksdya (one became the Chief of Navy), one to Laksda, one to Laksma and two to Kdr. Of the two officers who were commissioned into the Air Force, one passed away (whilst in Service). One made it to Brig Jen and one as Flt Lt.

Of the three Brunei Officer Cadets who were commissioned into the Royal Brunei Malay Regiment then, all made it to Mej Jen (two as Chief of Defence Force Brunei). Of the three Singapore Officer Cadets who were commissioned, (into the Malaysian Army, and later into the Singapore Army), one made it to Col and two to Lt Col. One has since passed away.

During our last Annual Dinner held on 3 Nov 2012 at the Dewan Perdana Felda, Kuala Lumpur, with the attendance of YB. Menteri Pertahanan Malaysia, members of Regular Intake 05 who came to the dinner were recognized and honoured in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of their commission.