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Ops Daulat armoured vehicles, weaponry on display today
Published on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Armoured vehicles and weaponry used in the Malaysian Armed Forces will be displayed at the Padang Merdeka today (Friday), in conjunction with the inaugural Daulat Battle Honour parade held in remembrance and appreciation of men and women in the armed forces involved directly in the 2013 Ops Daulat.

The country's peace was tainted when Sulu gunmen intruded into Kg Tanduo, Lahad Datu on Feb 11, 2013, threatening the sovereignty of the country as well as undermining the wellbeing of the locals in the east coast of Sabah.

The incident left a great impact on Malaysians, particularly the people of Sabah.

"Kota Kinabalu has been picked as the venue for this parade because it is the capital of Sabah, and indirectly the people will be able to witness the parade and recall the incident," said Eastern Military Field Commander Lt. General Dato Wira Mohd Zaki Mokhtar.

He said good facilities in Kota Kinabalu is also one of the factors why it has been picked as a venue.

He said this during the parade rehearsal held at the Padang Merdeka on Wednesday.

Some 2,110 officers and personnel from the Malaysian Armed Forces will participate in the parade with the combined concept of ceremonial and combat parade involving 24 regiments involved in the 2013 Ops Daulat. It covers 12 army regiments, three navy regiments and nine air force regiments.

The parade will be attended by dignitaries such as Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman, Defence Minister Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Sri Mohd Johari Baharum and Army Chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

"Those involved in the Daulat operation in Tanduo will receive the Battle Honour, while some will be awarded the Pingat Kedaulatan Negara from the Defence Minister," Mohd Zaki said.

He said the Battle Honour is a tribute to the army, navy and air force.

Mohd Zaki also expressed his gratitude to the State Government for the support shown to the important event for the Malaysian Armed Forces.

"Our presence at the Padang Merdeka is to remember those involved in the Ops Daulat, thus, there should be no reason for the people to panic.

"In fact, we welcome everyone to join in and witness this inaugural event held in appreciation of those who fought for the country," he said.

Exhibition booths and performances which will begin from 9am to 5pm, before the main parade ceremony at 8pm, Friday. - Sherell Jeffrey

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