"Tak kenak! Tak kenak!" "Adak Orang sanak!…………"
The quiet jungle has suddenly become noisy with intruders. Strange voices and shouting seemed to appear all around us. They were definitely foreign. We were being attacked!
We had been expecting an attack, but we did not expect it so soon. We did everything possible to protect ourselves, but only cover we had were some bushes, tree trunks, leaves and natural foliage. If we protect ourselves from front, we could not cover our backs. Such was defense we managed to set up.
Our casualty was very high. Nobody could escape onslaught.
Luckily, this was not real and nobody died.
This was just a Wargame and weapons were eggs.
The event was an Outdoor Survival-like Jungle Training. Organized by training department of our Company, a group of staffs went over to forest reserve at Lata Mengkuang, Sik, Malaysia to take part in Team Building.
The 3-day training started off with usual briefing, and ice-breaking sessions on first day. Each person was given a dome tent for spending night. Various camp crafts were taught. Lectures were given on Motivation, Compass usage, Mission, etc throughout day and night. In between lectures, there were group management activities, which put into practice what was taught. The management activities took form of games, where participation of everybody in team and clarity of direction from leader are of utmost importance. In games, team and leader had to work together to fully understand their own capabilities and weaknesses in order to overcome obstacles, and to achieve target in a limited time. The first day session finished at nearly 12 midnight.
Almost all participants could not sleep very well in first night. The ground was hard and cold. The portable generator set, which supplied electricity supply for lighting, was really noisy. Mosquitoes were not a problem, because we had taken precaution to spray enclosed tent with insecticide beforehand. There were some expression of fear of creepy-crawlies from some female team members, and also of tent being washed away if it rains. Other than that night passed on without any incident.
We started second day morning with jogging. The distance was very far. Our muscles got more and more tired. After breakfast, lecture and management activity sessions was conducted like previous day. The topics and activities were of course different, and were more interesting. We were taught Principles of War, and also briefed on Jungle Mission. We were to enter jungle at about 5.30 p.m. on same day.
The Jungle Mission was about camping in jungle at night, attacking other teams, and protecting your own camp. The whole group of people was divided into 4 teams, each with their own leader, scout, navigator, deputy leader, and members. The team was guided by experienced jungle guides from organizers whose job was to only take us to our jungle campsites, and offer advice if needed. The challenge for each team is to capture flags of other teams, which also included a team of Orang Asli's (jungle dwellers). All teams are free to make their own decision on whether to seek and attack or to stay put for defense. But it is only in attacking that a team can achieve target of capturing other team's flags. However we could also lose our own flags if we go on an attacking spree without guarding our own camp.