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Friday, January 6, 2017
Ex-RMC boys pay tribute to teachers
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Military brothers: (from left) Abdul Halim, Syed Faris and Aidil Nur Syahid Ab Rahman return to their college where it all started.
KUALA LUMPUR: After almost four years, Royal Military College (RMC) graduate Abdul Halim Abdul Rahim returned to his alma mater to pay tribute to his teachers.
Currently the sole Malaysian cadet at the prestigious American military academy in Westpoint, Abdul Halim said he aimed to make his teachers and country proud.
Studying mechanical engineering, Abdul Halim said the academy’s intake last year was more than 1,000, including 15 foreigners, of which he was one of them.
“I bring with me the qualities and principles that my teachers have instilled in me at RMC.
“I hope to join the military once I graduate,” he said in an interview yesterday.
The 20-year-old aspiring military officer, said he took time to see his teachers to thank them for all they have done for him.
“Honour, dedication and above all discipline is the paramount principles of RMC graduates,” he said.
Abdul Halim along with fellow RMC alumni Syed Faris Al Sayyof Syed Feisal and Aidil Nur Syahid Ab Rahman, met up with teachers Mohd Hafizul Ong Abdullah and Rohana Puji Almi.
Syed Faris, who is a graduate of the renowned Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), said his experiences in RMC helped him to excel in ADFA and as well as in his current specialised army training at Australia’s Royal Military College in Duntroon.
“The training was not that gruelling in terms of challenges in ADFA due to the extensive training and experiences at RMC,” he said.
English teacher Mohd Hafizul Ong, who has been with RMC for 25 years said he hoped the three would scale new heights in their studies and go on to have successful careers.
RMC commandant Colonel Noorrul Azril Ariffin said the common misconception was that most RMC graduates go on to join the army.
“In fact, only 30% of our graduates go on to have careers in the military while the others go into the public sector,” he said.