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College bids farewell to Toh


TOP HONOUR: Toh Choon Siang moves from Armed Forces Staff College to Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters next month

KUALA LUMPUR: IT WAS a moment to remember for Toh Choon Siang yesterday when he was given a rousing farewell by former and present students and officers of the Armed Forces Staff College, yesterday.

The 50-year-old, who has served for four years as a directing staff at the college, will be posted as a colonel from next month at the Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters.

Among those present at his farewell were college commandant Brig-Gen Datuk Ismet Nayan Ismail, fellow directing staff Lt-Col Clark Smith from Australia, Rear-Admiral (R) Tan Sri K. Thanabalasingam, Brig-Gen (R) Datuk Soon Lian Cheng and former and present students and officers of the college. Prior to his tenure at the college, Toh served as commanding officer of the 8th (Parachute) Battalion Royal Ranger Regiment from Dec 4, 1999 to July 2, 2002.

Toh, who joined the army in 1977 and served as a lieutenant-colonel for 13 years, comes from an illustrious family of servicemen.

His father, Toh Boon Hock, served as a British Royal Air Force airman who later was captured and tortured as a prisoner of war by the Japanese army during World War 2. After the war, Boon Hock served with the Home GuardS and the Royal Customs Department.

Toh's three older brothers each served with the Royal Malaysian Navy as a commander, and as a Royal Malaysian Air Force captain and flight sergeant.

Lt-Col Toh Choon Siang (left) receiving a souvenir from Lt-Col Clark Smith during the farewell. On Toh’s left are Rear-Admiral (R) Tan Sri K. Thanabalasingam and college commandant Brig-Gen Datuk Ismet Nayan Ismail. Pic by Nurul Shafina Jemenon

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