MAF’s involvement in UN peace mission in Lebanon receives world recognition

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) has been recognised by the world for its capability and expertise in fulfilling the requirements of its roles in overseas assignment and implementing peace mission.

Senior Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, MAF’s continuous involvement in peace missions prove that it has always been prepared and ready to move its team overseas.

“Today I have fulfilled the event of putting on the United Nations’ (UN) beret, handing over the Malaysian flag and sending off the first group of Malaysian Battalion 850-10 (MALBATT 850-10) to Lebanon under the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

“This is a very important and proud moment as MALBATT850-10 has proven that the MAF has been involved with the UNIFIL mission for 16 years since its first mission in 2007 via the sending of the First Malaysian Contingent (MALCON 1).

“To ensure the UNIFIL mission is able to implement its best again, MALBATT 850-10 is sending a team of 854 people namely 85 officers and 770 staff of various ranks (LLP) including a civilian officer from the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF).

“They will be led by Colonel Mohd. Rizman Ramli as the Commander. From the total 11 officers and 74 LLP are females and this is the second time after MALBATT 850-9, where they have to implement the mission continuously for one year like the male staff,” Hishammuddin said.

Hishammuddin added, this is one way to fulfil the UNIFIL requirement that more female staff implements the work related to the community involving the local females.

The Senior Minister said, all of them will be moved in stages starting from today (27th Oct.2022) to implement the mission officially for 12 months effective from 13th Nov. 2022 until 13th Nov.2023.

“MALBATT 850-10 will be placed in two permanent residences namely Ma’rakah Camp and Tibnin Camp and will be implementing its roles under the operation control of West Sector UNIFIL Headquarters.

However, the order and administration control and discipline matters will be placed under the Joint Force Headquarters (MK AB). –Malaysia World News


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