Even after years of development in Kuala Lumpur, Sungai Besi seemed to have escaped it. The old mamak where OPs normally congregate is still there, still packed with customers at 0630h. We had our official Malaysian breakfast of roti canai before rushing to our alma mater, the only high school in this country with Royal colors.
The Passing Out Parade commenced after the arrival of Datuk Wira Abu Seman, Deputy Minister of Defence, Mindef SecGen and a barrage of 2-star and 3-star Generals.
The most ostensible change of format in the parade was the parade inspection by the saluting officer. RMC has now adopted the usual trend in the Armed Forces of using the ceremonial jeep.
Foxtrot company came in 2nd place and it was quite shocking to learn that Alpha grabbed the covetous Commandant Trophy for best performing coy (was there any element of money politics at the Boy's Wing?)! Foxtrot came in second for the second consecutive year. The lucky number 8 went to the boys at Block A second floor.
I noticed a group of youngsters in their mid 20's donning sandals and t-shirts with graffitti, walking around the perimeters of the parade square, the holy ground of any military installation, with their uncombed spiky hair and loud yelling, taunting the "Pengawal Medan" during the parade. The young OPs of recent years. Bloody idle, disrespectful and lopong. What went wrong, only God knows.
Rukun Putera? This is something new.
Foxtrot boys, the eager fourth formers who just got promoted to the rank of senior
Even after 12 years since our passing out, this place still gives me the goose bumps.