You have asked me who is that person in the above image that I use when I write about matters that are important to me and matters that are close to my heart. For me his face reminds me of all that was good about our nation and of the time when honour and grace was the hall mark of not only the Malays but of all Malaysian. He is Lt Adnan Saidi and I think it is time you all know about him too.
Death, whether in victory or in defeat is a soldier's lot. Valour and glory too comes not only in victory but also sometimes in death. For Lt Adnan Said, valour and glory covered him in life and in death for he lived a life we Malaysians can all be proud of.
His life here is best told by others who knew him and those who knew about the battles he fought and I have liberally quoted from all these sources at length, in Malay and English, so that we can all better understand the life of this man.
From the begining Adnan was outstanding. Choosen as "recruit terbaik" when he completed his military training at the age of eighteen, he was among the first 25 recruits accepted into the Malay Regiment in 1933. Three years later he was promoted to Sergeant and in 1937 was choosen to to go to London to be in the Guard of Honor at the coronation of King George VI. On his return from London, Adnan married Sophia Pakih Muda - a teacher from his Kampong and shortly after he was promoted to Company Sergeant Major and sent to Singapore to attend an officers course. Upon his return he was promoted Ketua Platton ke 7 Kompemi C and appointed Leftenan.
Towards the end of 1941 Lt Adnan Saidi was sent to Singapore and together with his family stayed in Pasir Panjang, in quarters for families of the Malay Regiment. With the start of World War Two and the imminent approach of the Japanese towards Singapore, Adnan sent his family back to his Kampong in Kajang. These were trying times for Adnan for not only did his wife took their two children, Mokhtar and Zainuddin back to their Kampong with her, she was also pregnant with a third child. That was the last time Lt Adnan Saidi would see them ever.