Hari Pahlawan 2012
Tuesday 31st July is "Hari Pahlawan", a day that the nation remembers and pays tribute to the members of the Security Forces who have died in the line of duty.
The ceremony used to be held at the National Monument, in the Lake Gardens area of Kuala Lumpur. SBP Yang DiPertuan Agong accompanied by the Prime Minister, the Chiefs of the Armed Forces, Army, Navy and the Air Force and the Inspector General of Police would lay the wreath in remembering the fallen heroes, with the declaration of the "sajak" and the solemn sounding of the "Last Post" and the "Rouse" in front of the monument.
In addition to this ceremony, a "Majlis Tahlil & Doa Selamat" was also held on the night before that date in Masjid Negara.
However, since 2010, the laying of the wreath in front of the monument was no longer held. Instead, a parade was held at the "Dataran Merdeka" with a display of the fight against the communist terrorists. (Pix courtesy of Utusan Malaysia)
In conjunction with the "Hari Pahlawan", the "Rayuan Hari Pahlawan - 2012" was launched on 19 July 2012 by YABhg. Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah bte Mansor, wife of YAB. Dato' Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abd Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia. A sum of RM2.2 million was pledged on that day by 10 donors with a further sum of RM5 million expected. In 2011, a sum of RM 6.7 million was collected. The fund will be used to assist the less fortunate amongst the Armed Forces veterans and their families, who are in dire need of financial and other assistance to get on with their lives.
Let's pause a while to remember our fallen comrades who have given their lives and our injured and maimed comrades who have lost their limbs and sight, in protecting this great nation against the armed communist threat during the Emergency days. It was their role in ensuring the security of the country that the economic and political development of the country could be achieved to what it is today. Let these sacrifices not be forgotten and let peace continue to prevail in this country we all love.