The proverbial work horse: Hercules C-130! The safest transport airplane that was ever
invented, and been carrying our boys safe anywhere and anytime!
History of the deployment of our armed forces personnel on our islands and territorial waters in the east coast of Sabah started when a group of terrorist kidnapped 21 tourists from a resort of Pulau Sipadan, on Aprl 23rd, 2000.
The deployment of our armed forces personnel is referred to as OP PASIR, which is an acronym for Pandanan, Sipadan Island Resort. Since its inception, Op Pasir has placed armed forces personnel in majority of the islands of the east coast of Sabah except for two. The operation is a joint effort between the three branches of the armed forces, the army, navy and the air-force.
Last weekend I, once again, had the opportunity to visit these islands and saw our boys in action, and to see these young Malaysians in action make me wonder how lucky some of our rich and spoilt brats in KL who tend to complain about how difficult life is for them in the city of plenty!
Here's a tip, if your quality of life is good and you sleep well at night knowing our country is safe from being attacked, just thanks our armed forces personnel for a job well done to ensure security.
Bloggers around the country should put a strip on their blogsites to say "thank you guys for a job well done", and this will be much appreciated. "We do not want to be acknowledge but it is nice if we are, like your visit to see us here is proof you guys care," said a Royal Ranger Regiment commander of Pulau Berhala, off Sandakan, Sabah.
Our last leg was a visit to Swallow Reef, or Terumbu Layang-Layang, about 350kms from Kota Kinabalu. Here any visit by anyone is much appreciated by the Navy Boys. For one whole day and night we were treated with the best that the island can give. From Layang Layang we visited another lonely outpost at Terumbu Ubi, another one hour fast boat ride from Layang Layang.
So I came back to Kuala Lumpur and I slept well knowing that while there those brats who whine and complain, there are more of those who stand vigil like an eternal sentinel of the Biblical proportion, watching and calculating for a possible invasion of a major plague. These boys are our first in line of defence, they are my heroes at any given time, and they should be yours too!