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She Is The First M'sian-Indian Woman To Become A Royal Malaysian Air Force Pilot

Congratulations, lieutenant Lohappriya Manisegaran!

Cover image via Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (Facebook) & Chandran Periasamy (Facebook)

Meet, Lohappriya Manisegaran

She is a Malaysian-Indian woman, whose name is currently trending across the social media for being the first one to become a pilot of the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

Lohappriya from Klang is one of the 38 trainees who were presented at the Flight Wing Presentation Ceremony for the Basic Flight Course Series 81/18 and Basic Helicopter Flight Course Series 60/18 at the Aerospace Hall, Air Force College (KTU), Head Batas in Alor Setar on 9 October.

According to a statement by RMAF, of the 38, eight are fighter pilots, 15 are prospective pilots, and 15 are helicopter pilots. All of whom will serve in the three branches of the Malaysian Armed Forces, namely, the Malaysian Army (TDM), the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM), and the Royal Malaysian Air Force (TUDM).

In 2018, she successfully completing her degree from the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM). Following which, she was honoured by Sultan Muhammad V, the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

According to Lohappriya, it was a journey of almost six years that show her being presented with the letter of commission as a UPNM Cadet Officer at Perdana Camp, Sungai Besi in Kuala Lumpur.

Lohappriya, with the rank of lieutenant, is now an RMAF pilot

Lt Lohappriya is, in fact, the first Malaysian-Indian woman to become a pilot of the RMAF.

She took to her personal Facebook profile to share a photo of her, receiving the Flight Wing.

Several Malaysians have taken to social media to congratulate her

Back in 2018, UPNM Cadet Janushaa Bala Krishnan Muthiah was accepted as a member of the US Navy Academy in Annapolis:

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