Lest We Forget
Kampar War Monument, Perak, Malaysia
There has been talk of a monument being built at Kampar for many years. Chye Kooi Loong, world-renowned authority on the Battle of Kampar which saw the Japanese suffer their biggest defeat in their Malayan campaign during World War 11, died in Ipoh on 23 April 2014. Chye, 85, spoke internationally on the battle between the British and Japanese forces which took place between 30 December 1941 and 2 January 1942. He was an indefatigable champion for the preservation of the historical battlefield site "Green Ridge", working over 32 years to get it gazetted as a heritage site and war monument. The British Battalion had been formed at St Michael's Institution, Ipoh, on 20 December, 1941 by amalgamating the remnants of the 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment and the 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. This battalion along with the 1st (Perak) Battalion of the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force, the Indian Army Brigades and the commando unit known as Roseforce, made the stand at Kampar.
The retreating British-led forces arrived at Kampar in order to make a stand against the advancing Japanese forces. Nearly 1,300 British Empire soldiers are said to have successfully battled 4,000 Japanese soldiers in what is believed to be the only serious defeat of the Japanese army in its Malayan campaign.
Through Chye's efforts since the end of the war, up to his death, a new monument is to be built at Kampar.
[Above source: St Michael's Institution, Ipoh - Blogspot]
This is an article taken from the Malaymail Online
Remembrance monument for war heroes to be built In Kampar
Last updated 13 February, 2022