Contact At The Kinta Forest Reserve - Remembering Captain Mohana Chandran al Velayuthan (200402) SP, Ranger Bajau ak Ladi PGB & Cpl Osman PGB on Warrior's Day
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
Captain Chandran who fell fighting for Malaysia
A combined group was inserted into the operational area on the 3rd June 1971. Commanded by Captain Mohana Chandran al Velayuthan (200402) and assisted by 2LT Donald Patrick John (2000913), both who, were from the 4th Rangers.
Finally after over 30 years an Indian was shown as a hero during the National Hari Pahlawan parade.Syabas Menteri Pertahanan Mat Sabu. Thanks toCommander Thayaparan for sending me this clip .
Left : Captain Mohana Chandran al Velayuthan (200402) Aged : 24 years old. A role model for Officers of the Ranger Corps.
They moved for about a week in the area looking for enemy traces guided by the SEPs'( surrendered enemy personnel), who were mostly Chinese. During one of their outings on their own, escorted by the Rangers, they came upon an "Orang Asli" (Original People of Malaysia) settlement.
The SEP's were familiar with the settlement and knew the people from this settlement. The SEP's managed to get some information from the Orang Asli. The rest of the group was not far off. They came back and said this," Friends, If you all want to be safe, it's better not to go"("Kawan kalau mahu selamat lebih baik tidak usah pergi"). To which Rgr Abang Bolhi bin Abang Din replied, "How can we do that, it is up to our Officer?"("Mana boleh buat apa, itu terpulang kepada Pegawai saya").
"As I fired in the direction of the enemy, the enemy too, fired in my direction.
I was hit in the left palm of my hand. The bullet penetrated my palm and came out. One more round went through the back of my right arm pit and came out through my right chest. The blood gushed out. I told myself, "God ! I am dead," thinking about death this time around. I fell and rolled downhill. As I rolled downhill I lost a magazine of rounds. In that instant Captain Chandran moved quickly to cover me, from being hit some more, by the direct enemy fire. He started firing on the enemy, from his cover to save me and keep the enemy's heads down. As soon as I had reached the bottom of the hill, I was being embraced by Rgr Bajau who was asking me, "What's happening Bolhi?"
I was in a daze, I replied, that I was dying and that I was shot. Rgr Bajau ak Ladi on hearing this released me and immediately started firing uphill ".
Right : This is a Bren Gun, a LMG is a modified bren, the magazine in an LMG is straight unlike the bren which is curved. One can actually see the word Bren etched into the metal which is crossed out.
He swapped his sterling for Ali's LMG. He heard Captain Chandran yelling " Section 1, to the left. Section 2, to the right. Attack ! Attack ! Attack ! Giving his orders clearly and cooly.