a VirtualTourist member from Leeds
In the 1950's I spent part of my childhood growing up in Seremban, I learned to swim in Port Dickson. I lived in a bungalow (which was then a married quarter) in the middle of 'Rasah Camp'and have very fond memories. I used to go fishing in a lake in the middle of Seremban with the local boys near the Tunku palace. I would love to hear from anyone about what happened to Rasah Camp, there used to be an open air swimming pool at the top of the hill. I would also especially welcome copies of any old or new photographs of the Rasah Capm area.
all the best
Hi Paul, You maybe interested to know that rasah Camp is still up and running.
About four years ago shortly after i retired I did a tour of the far east and by one of those accidental flooks there was a Malay army officer in the same hotel as me. When I told him that I served with the british forces in the fifties and was based at Rasah Camp he gave me a letter of introduction to the officer in charge.
The welcome I recieved from the malay officers could not have been bettered and believe it or not but the camp is virtually the same as when I left it over forty years ago, and yes the swimming pool is still there.
One of the more interesting discoveries was that I had a photo taken outside a building of a newly planted sapling, it is still there but now a large mature tree. I have just recently returned from a tour of Malaysia and the changes are incredible and not a bit like the old place that I new and loved. Very little of the old Kuala Lumpur still remains but they have kept the Pedang.
Tats about all for now if you want to know anything else I will be only too happy to oblige.
I GREW UP IN SERAMBAN TO I WAS THERE FROM 1959 TO 1969 THATS WHEN I FINISHE MY FORM FIVE AND LEFT SERAMBAN I LIVED IN HOSE ROAD AND STUDIED AT KGV I USED TO FISH AT LAKE GARDENS IN CENTER OF TOWN TOO YOU KNOW WHAT I HAVE VERY FOND MEMORIES OF SERAMBAN TO IN THIS LAST FEW YEARS I HAVE BEEN BACK A FEW TIMES AND YOU WHAT SERAMBAN WE KNEW HAS CHANGED MUCH ALBERT
I served at Rasah camp in the late 50s and had the good fortune to return there about 4yrs ago.
You will be pleased to hear that the camp is still there and virtually unchanged. I was escorted around by a very friendly officer and was lucky to have some photos with me to compare. The swimming pool is still there and very well used by all ranks. The wooden huts are still there but now painted rather than the natural wood i remember. A small tree that was outside my office is now a fully mature 30 ft.
Seramban itself has changed and i had difficullty recognising a lot of the placesi once frequented.
I hope this helps.
I also spent some great times at Rasah Camp. I also lived in one of the bungalow's (married quarters).
My name then was Ingrid Croft. I had a brother who finally went to Bourne School in Kuala Lumpur. I knew a boy with blonde hair named Paul who lived in a bungalow further down the road nearer the railway track. I remember we started a fire in the car port under my Dad's car and m brother locked me in bedroom.
I spent nearly all my spare time at the swimming pool and during the week went to the school on the camp. We had a choice of banana, chocolate or strawberry milk.
There was Naffi where I remember buying 7up!
Very happy times!
Hope to hear from you
Is there any chance you might remember the name of the Army School in Seramban - I thought it might be Highgate or something like it - I just remember we all had green metal badges with a yellow kris on it?