Hello Happy Tay,
On behalf of Elias Mall especially our Freddie and your long time buddy Douglas please allow me the privilege & honour to send our greetings to your good self; a great distance from Sg. I believe you are currently based in Vancouver; Canada.
They hope you are doing fine and as your name suggest ‘Happy’ always!
Please forgive me for this sudden intrusion! Kindly allow me to briefly introduce myself first before I move on to the main thrust of my intent.
I live at Elias Rd. My parents bought this flat from HDB in 1994 and we have been living here since then. I got 2 younger brothers who are both graduates. My younger brother James is a school teacher. He’s planning to migrate to Vancouver, Canada. That’s where I shall need your favour even though we never met before. Between us, we have our excellent mutual friends i.e. Freddie and Douglas as a bridges that link us. We are also at one time fellow brother officers in blues!
I joined the Force after my ‘A’ levels in Mar 1983. Left in Aug 1994. I was posted to many places e.g. ‘B’ Div, TP, SB, ‘J’ Div and ‘G’ Div. My last posting was in GSB/CID before I called it a day. I then found a job in SMRT as a train officer (driver) and got comfortably settled down for the past 15 yrs! I’m still with SMRT.
My brother James having taught in government schools for more than 20 years suddenly told me that he is bringing his family ( wife and three kids with the youngest in pre-sch and oldest in Sec 1) to Vancouver. He just obtained PRs for all of them. He told me the news some time after this CNY.
Being confined to tiny Sg all my life, I really got no inkling about this faraway enigmatic place at the other corner of the world! I then started asking around amongst my friends, acquaintances etc about that strange elusive faraway paradise which must have possessed such a strong magnetic pulling force that attracted my brother whom is already is his middle age with three young kids and also the tens of thousands of Asians especially Hong Kongers to seek a better life there?
When I broached the subject with my good friend Datuk Freddie about my brother’s imminent migration to Vancouver by the end of the year, he mentioned without hesitation about your good self, ‘Happy Tay Eng Soon’ right away. He spoke highly and fondly of your good self! Datuk Freddie says that he lives on the even numbers of the same street in Pasir Ris private estate as your good self whom used to live on the odd numbers of the same! Datuk Freddie even proudly proclaims that he ever flew over to the other end of the world to pay you a visit when you migrated to Vancouver! That gesture clearly exudes his immense fondness for your good self!
When Datuk Freddie spoke about your legacy you left behind, he enunciated to me in no uncertain terms your exceeding munificence and unsurpassed gregarious nature! Your innnate propensity to organise community based get-together, wholesome family orientated activities for residents and friends clearly struck a chord with him! That must have motivated him to fly over to pay homage to your good self! He is confident that your good self’s legacy will perpetuate in your adopted place of abode. Datuk Freddie strongly endorses my brother’s acquaintance with your good self when he migrates over.
Alas, our Datuk Freddie insofar as he remembers fondly of your good self has lost all contacts with you. He was not able to furnish me with any of your contact details!
Lo and behold ! God willing, when our Datuk Douglas who is a much respected elder amongst the Elias Mall brethrens, got wind of my brother’s flight of fancy; he deftly produced the most important name card of the year – your full contact details! Details as follow…
Transportation Fleet Supervisor
vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Next, I alerted our Datuk Freddie about your whereabouts. He beamed with joy and insisted that he be kept in the loop in the event of your next periodic visit here!
Our much respected elder, Datuk Douglas has briefed me at length on your legacy in the Force. It seems that your good self used to be a frequent visitor – 2 to 3 times a year cuz your son was serving NS here. Whenever you are here, a congregration of ex-senior police officers except yourself and Douglas whom were not in the senior ranks will gather for a home coming feast!
Datuk Douglas mentioned so many ex-senior police officers whom once ruled the underworld in Sg especially the Red Hill & Queenstown areas. (yourself, Douglas & his buddy Sunny were from the Secret Society Branch) Maybe due to the big generation gap between our times, I only heard of Chan Soo Wah whose last posting was Director Police Academy and Ang Chiang Teck who was Head Major Crimes in CID when I was an IO in GSB/CID. My Head Specialist Crimes was then Mohd Noor and Teo Hong Guan! (at one time also Dir PA).
Those senior police officers were certainly not from the scholars’ mould. Those were the hard core tough crime busters in the early days of Sg when SS was then notorious and rampant! By looking at the tough pockmarked faces of Ang Chiang Teck or my former OC DSP Law Ah Kaw will strike fear amongst those terror gangsters. Datuk Douglas and yourself were frontline comrades in arms in the line of fire when he shot dead a notorious Headman of the Johore secret society branch who was also a martial arts exponent! Datuk Douglas told us when he identified the body in the mortuary, he saw the Headman’s knuckles were all black & cow hide tough!
I have posted a link to that case. Those were the glory days of raw policing on our streets with the ever omnipresence of SS activities where they could just simply walk into a shop to demand and extort ‘protection’ fees!
Before I go any further, I must beg your good self’s forbearance on the above unwarranted soliloquy rambling.
Fast forward to the present, I hope we have come a notch closer with the blessings from our mutual friends especially our Datuk Douglas whom implores me to seek your good guidance. I was reluctant to seek you out. I relented after repeated nudgings from him. He assures me time and again that your good self will surely extend your generous hand anytime.
Thus, I would; with some unabashed audacity, like your good self to assist my brother to source and secure a simple house either in the middle or western regions of Vancouver by end of May 2010 since his family shall be going over in June. My brother will fly back to Sg to continue teaching until Dec 2010. He will then join his family again permanently from Jan 2011.
My brother with his wife and 3 young kids in tow are allowed to carry only 10 luggage bags. As such, they will have to begin their Canadian dream from scratch. Your kind compassion in extending a helping hand shall be remembered and much appreciated. If fate decreed, we shall meet and celebrate our cyber meeting over a couple of drinks!
Thank you for spending time reading. Looking forward to your reply.
Dated : 28 April 2010
Pls take a look….
Detective Douglas Low in action.
Short exact reply from Happy Tay.
“Helloooo??? can someone refresh my memory as to what’s going on and who’s who in this scenario??
Yes, I’m still with the RCMP. I would appreciate for all personal emails to be directed to my private email add in future, as my work email add. is for official use only” Unquote
PS: Freddie Tan also wrote an email to Happy Tay. After few rounds of email with cc amongst us, Happy Tay gave that short retarded reply and then is heard no more.
Through my discreet enquiries in the Fellowship, it was confirmed that there was an indeed such a character in the said Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was a civilian employee in charge of the police vehicles.
Every detail was conveyed to Douglas. (He is a computer illiterate) Some time last year, Happy Tay came back and as usual a small fraternal police officers organized a dinner for him at the Senior Officers’ Mess. Douglas refused to attend or have anything to do with him. More than four decades of friendship and comrades in arms threw out of the window just like that. What a pity!
Naturally, I felt guilty conscious. I told Douglas not to take it seriously and forget about the matter. Let it be and move on. Douglas retorted, “Brudder, if that ‘arsehole’ didn’t care a damn shit about my friend (refers to me) I recommended him why should I bother about him? Clearly, he’s not giving me any face and made me “malu!” by “seeing people with nothing” or in Hokkien saying, “看人无 !”
Douglas and myself converse in Hokkien.
Ah! My good friend Douglas whom I only know for less than 5 years who is always ever so efficacious!