KUALA LUMPUR: “We want the Malaysian Army to become the champion team and not only the best in certain category at the 27th ASEAN Armies Rifle Meet (AARM) which will be held in Singapore from the 6 – 24th November 2017,” said Chief of Malaysian Army General Tan Sri Zulkiple Kassim.
Nevertheless, Zulkiple is confident that the Malaysian Army team will become the champion this year based on the strenuous preparation and the excellent performance of the shooters consisting from both the elderly and the young soldiers.
“Some had won many competitions while the young participants were selected based on the Malaysian Army Shooting Skill Tests where potential winners have been tapped.
“I hope the young shooters will win the competition even though this is their first attempt besides having a long way to prove themselves,’’ said Zulkiple after handing over the Malaysian flag to the team leader Lieutenant Colonel Roszaini Mohamad Alide at the MINDEF auditorium here on Tuesday.
Zulkiple added, this is a good time for the team to become the champion as next year Malaysian Army will host the 28th championship.
Malaysia had hosted the competition in 1991, 1997, 2003 and 2010. However the Malaysian team had only emerged as champion in 1991, 1993 and 1997.
“As a host, we will be more confident and in a good position to defend the title (if we emerge as champion this year) as a champion in the home ground,’’ he said.
The main objective of the championship said Zulkiple is to instil the spirit to become one army community in the ASEAN region. It provides a platform for soldiers from different ranks to build a network, compete in a positive spirit and at the same time emerge as the best team.
Zulkiple also insisted that participants from the 10 ASEAN member countries including Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will compete using service rifles as in real combat.
The Malaysian Army team that consists of 113 personnel from different ranks will compete in the rifle, carbine, female pistol and male pistol, and General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) categories –Malaysia World News