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by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri Coy

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Staff Sergeant Tang receives The President’s Badge from Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

Staff Sergeant Christopher Tang Wei Hong recently received the second highest accolade of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia (BB) – The President’s Badge, from Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

Celebrating BB Sabah 50th Anniversary, the presentation ceremony took place at Putera Theatre Ballroom on Oct 8, 2017 in the capital city of Sabah.

The President’s Badge is only presented to the top percentile of NCOs who have completed the demanding requirements in leadership and service in the community. The applicant must be a current Member of minimum 15 years of age. He or she must have completed Christian Education and the required Proficiency Awards, and also undergo a stringent character assessment endorsed by relevant parties.

Tang first joined 4th Miri Coy in 2010 as a 13-year-old Senior. A 2nd Year Undergraduate majoring in History, Tang is currently pursuing his tertiary education at the Institute of Teacher Education Gaya Campus and serves in 3rd Kota Kinabalu Coy.

“Thank God for His perfect timing and grace. God has done a splendid work in my Brigade life beyond my dreams. I’ve never expected to be one of the President’s Badge recipients when I first enrolled in 2010,” Tang commented after receiving award.

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Staff Sergeant Tang (in blue sash) is the first BB Member in Miri City to receive The President’s Badge.

“Throughout the years in 4th Miri, I found Jesus Christ is my Personal Savior whom I must serve with integrity and reverence. Although our Coy was small and limiting in manpower resources, it built up my humility and character. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before leaving for my tertiary studies,” Tang added. “God has preserved my service in BB as I embarked to join 3rd Kota Kinabalu, a Coy with dedicated and committed Members. Serving there, I also uphold the responsibility in conducting Junior Award classes and mentoring drill performances.  By God’s grace, I was appointed to Staff Sergeant in April 2016. I wish to thank all the Officers from 4th Miri Coy and 3rd KK Coy for their tireless sacrifices in the BB ministry. Last but not least, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to my parents for allowing me to enrol in BB in 2010.”

4th Miri Coy Captain Roseline Lee was elated to know that Tang became the first BB Member in Miri City to receive the President’s Badge. “In Sarawak we have more than 40 Members who have already received this prestigious award but this is a first in Miri, all glory to God! We are strongly encouraged by Tang when he received the President’s Badge. We would like to congratulate him for his perseverance and passion as a youth leader in The Boys’ Brigade,” said Captain Roseline.

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One big BB family, all glory to God! Photo credit – Aaron and Abel Wong.

THE Year of the Rooster had my family visiting Mom in Kuching. We arrived late on Monday night (Jan 23). Eldest son and d-i-l flew in the following Thursday morning; youngest son arrived from KL on the same afternoon – yes, the family was wholesome again!

On Reunion Dinner night (Jan 27), I was delighted to receive a WhatsApp message from the BB Sarawak State Commissioner, Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook. He caught wind that we were in town and graciously extended an Open House invitation to my family for the first day of the Lunar Year.

We arrived at Commissioner’s house around 6:30 pm. The rain arrived too. In my heart, I was silently encouraged by Deuteronomy 28.12, “The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands…” Yes, raining is a blessing!

Armed with an umbrella and a big smile, Commissioner warmly welcomed us and brought us in one-by-one from our car that was parked at the gate. One lady Officer Lt. Chris Han and her family had earlier arrived before us. Within an hour, more guests came.

Hannah, the Commissioner’s wife, was equally welcoming and hospitable. All of us felt very much at home. Stepping into their house makes one feel like stepping into a mini BB depot! I was awed by the BB commemorative and award badges, and other paraphernalia adorning the walls and in the cabinets.

The specially-ordered home-cooked food made me almost fall off my chair! The Lo’s family certainly knows how to be a great host! More guests arrived as we were savoring the scrumptious dinner.

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Hannah, the warm and hospitable hostess (left front) and Commissioner Lo behind her.

We had a wonderful meal with our fellow Officers, their spouses and children. The few hours just flew by in a blink of an eye because we enjoyed every moment. We learned from Commissioner that he had been inviting the BB Officers and their families to his house every Chinese New Year for the past many years. “I can still recall some of the Officers were single then and now they are married with kids! It’s a pleasure for Hannah and I to see our Officers grow and progress through the years,” the good Commissioner commented.

“This is our yearly activity for the first day of Chinese New Year. And it is the best gathering of all,” declared Lt. Desmond Chan of 2nd Kuching.

Lt. Michael Hung also of 2nd Kuching expressed his thoughts with fondness. “I was a young Officer then when I was first invited to Commissioner’s Open House. It’s so heartwarming. We chat at the same level, we laugh, we enjoy the good food and most importantly, we have special bonding time,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to be reunited with fellow BB members and their families. It’s like a big family coming home from a hectic year of work and school. To see all the familiar faces gives me a wonderful sense of nostalgia and reminds me of the fun times with our BB family,” added Lavender Bong of 9th Kuching Coy Girls’ Wing.

In the car on our way home, my eldest son proclaimed he had such an awesome evening and in future his children will be enrolled in The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia! This is, indeed, a “BBlessed” family we have, all praises to God!

The writer serves as a Warrant Officer in 4th Miri Coy, The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia. His wife is the Captain of the mentioned Coy.

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