IT MAKES soldier Lance Korporal (Rtd) Mohd Jamal Abd Rahman a sad man to see the young having total disregard for the freedom and independence they currently enjoy.
The 63-year-old ex-serviceman, who had his right leg amputated and left leg rendered useless at a young age of 22 when fighting the communists in Grik back in 1975, said he could not comprehend how people had forgotten what it took for the country to be free.
“I cried when I saw on television how people were protesting against the Government when it was supposed to be a time to celebrate our nation’s independence.
“How is it that they have forgotten what my comrades and I had to endure in exchange for peace?
“Some of my friends sacrificed their lives whereas I got blown up while fighting for it.
“Does that even count anymore?” Mohd Jamal lamented when met at the Ipoh Town Hall during a gathering held to honour ex-servicemen from the Second Brigade injured in the line of duty.
Mohd Jamal said Generation Y especially, had no idea what it took for the country to be independent and free from threats.
“They do not value our independence. To them, it is just another public holiday, which makes me extremely sad,” he added.
Paying tribute to the ex-servicemen present at the gathering, Second Brigade Commander Brigadier-General Mas’od Muhammad said their service to the country and people were invaluable.
“What you have done for us cannot be valued by ringgit and sen.
“We will continue defend the nation’s freedom so that your sacrifices do not go to waste,” he promised.
Earlier in his speech, Perak Disabled War Veterans Club chairman Kapten (Rtd) Roslan Mohd Din said the club had 72 members, including seven widows of ex-servicemen.
“The purpose of our club is to look after the welfare of those injured in the line of duty as well as their families.
“The injuries suffered by our members range from blindness to the loss of limbs,” he said.