Saturday, September 21, 2013

Malaysian Armed Forces marks 80th anniversary with parade and display of military might in Kuala Lumpur

Salute: Malaysian PT-91M main battle tanks dip their 125mm guns in salute to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the Malaysian military's top brass at the Malaysian Armed Forces 80th Anniversary Parade.

The sharp end of the Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) went on show this morning in the heart of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, with a tri-Service parade to mark the Malaysian military's 80th anniversary.

Among the parade highlights was a photocall (above) by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak with the Malaysian Army's Kombat Tim Striker (PT-91M MBTs, Stormer APCs and Malaysian infantry), the display of Russian air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance used by the Sukhoi Su-30MKM warplanes and the much anticipated unveiling of the Number 5 uniform in the digitised camouflage pattern.

We got into position from 6:30am, well in time for the parade which was due to commence from 8am.

As per SOP for these sort of events, the guiding principle was to get as close to the action as possible and from the seat in the gallery, yours truly slowly inched towards the VVIP stand and the parade route.

The pictures and stories which will be released in due course will show how close is close.

On show: With Malaysian Army scouts from Kombat Tim Striker. Four PT-91M MBTs and two Stormer APCs made their appearance in the digitised camouflage scheme. The opportunity to experience firsthand how the Malaysian Armed Forces executes a parade and conducts engagement activities with the Rakyat was invaluable.

An additional treat (for me at least) was the presence of ATM staff cars. This included 10 MID's Malaysian counterpart, Z1, which was photographed this morning.


Anonymous said...

Minor gripe.

No offense to Malaysia but wish the flag was less like the United States of America (not that there is anything wrong with that, if you are Puerto Rico of course)

Can't they give it a tweak?

Anonymous said...

Malaysians who deployed to Afghanistan were thinking the same thing.

The elements of the flags symbolize similar things because both are federations.

But what's it to you? Pretty rude, isn't it?

AhBengHave SeriousAngkong said...

If mean Malaysian is thinking same means got problem what. So what he saying is not rude, is fact.

You mean federation must have same same stripes meh?

Someone lazy when design Malaysia flag lah. Copy and paste.

You see Indonesia flag, have meaning.

They take Dutch flag and cut off Blue part which to them is for authority. And because they is fighting at the time so bo pian, best way for own flag is to take enemy one and modify.

Got more meaning. Malaysia flag like no effort leh. Suka suka follow America.

Roslan said...


I am Malaysian. I also think our flag can do with some change.

The Red and white stripe is actually a legacy of the British east India Company. It also symbolize unity of the 14 states.

but since the Star with its 14 points also serves this function, the stripes are in someway superfluous and anachronistic.

I suggest the stripes dropped and the flag be just pure blue with the Yellow star and Crescent.

Or if some demarcation be kept to afford a sense of familiarity with the current flag, then maybe keep red with no stripes.

In which case the Blue symbolises the unity of the Malaysian people, the red is unity in blood.

But we have grown up with flag lah so not sure if so easy to change by this stage. Still we change capital from KL to Putrajaya so anything can happen.

Anonymous said...

Yo Ah Beng. Got brain fever meh?? Ur flag got meaning ha bro???? Copy monaco, Indonesia and Poland somemore. Cut the crap. For those "idealistic" y generation of today i got one thing to say. Love it or leave it. Ive served with the MAF 4 21 years. Giving it all under our Jalur gemilang. Not the saka malaya or anything else.


Second that! This is totally nonsense. Singapore flag and Indonesia flag are so similar. Do understood about the Indonesia flag but Singapore?? We as Malaysian are proud with our flag.