KUALA LUMPUR: 110 Royal Medical Corps’ (KKD) Veterans, who served the nation during the communist insurgency and Malaysia-Indonesia confrontation, today received the Malaysian Service Medal (PJM) from His Majesty, Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the government of Malaysia.
This award was conferred to them by the Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.
The PJM award was given to the armed forces’ personnel who were in service throughout the crucial periods until 1989.
Raja Mohamed Affandi said the award will also be received by thousand others from the Malaysian Army, Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
“This award was not only given to the Malaysian Armed Forces’ personnel but also to the allied forces from Fiji, United Kingdom, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia that had helped us in fighting the insurgency,” said Raja Mohamed Affandi to the media after the award presentation at Wisma Perwira on Friday.
The award presentation was in conjunction with KKD’s Golden Jubilee Celebration this year.
However he added, the award was given to recipients as a symbol of appreciation for their good services have enabled us to live in harmony and prosperity today.
He added, His Majesty, Yang di-Pertuan Agong the twelfth, has handed down the power to the Commander and other higher ranks to present the award to the qualified army personnel.
Regarding the Rohingya’s field hospital’s progress, Raja Mohamed Affandi said, Malaysian volunteers have flown to Bangladesh on 20th November while the field hospital facilities have been sent to Cox Bazar on 21st November.
He also mentioned that the field hospital should be ready for operation at the end of November or the earliest by 27 or 28th November.
Raja Mohamed Affandi also said, Chief of RMN, Admiral Tan Sri Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin will fly to Bangladesh on Saturday to monitor the progress of the field hospital.
On the promotion of Major General Fadzlette Othman Merican, Press Officer to Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently, the MAF Chief said, Fadzlette is on secondment to the Deputy Prime Minister’s office and she is filling in the post available there.
“In the postmodern MAF, many women had filled in the posts that were monopolised by men before. The Malaysian Army for example, had placed 40 women as infantry soldiers.
“As 60 percent of the students in the local institute of higher learning are females then the promotion exercises among women officers in MAF is not unusual,” he said. – Malaysia World News