“I am half Kadazan and half Bajau. I left my hometown of Sandakan (Sabah) two and a half years ago to pursue my degree in Strategic Studies at the National Defence University of Malaysia…”

“I never thought of joining the army when I was a kid, it was my father who actually pushed me.

Also, my grandfather was in the army, he was an army ranger. I’m currently a cadet, although I’m not so sure which army branch I will be joining, but if I get picked to join the ranger, then ranger je lah. 

There was this one time I spent one month in a training camp at Port Dickson, and that was one of the most challenging moments for me. The training camp was in a jungle, we did survival training and military studies. It wasn’t easy and I faced difficulties. At that point of time, I missed my parents and my hometown Sandakan but I just never thought of giving up. 

Even so, after I graduate, I will be serving here in Semenanjung for at least 5-6 years before I have the opportunity to go back to Sabah and to serve there”. 

– Humans of Kuala Lumpur

Photostory by Samantha Siow 
Edited by Mushamir Mustafa

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(This post was first published on April 17th 2019)