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10 APRIL 2024

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Warriors' Day celebration kicks off with ceremony steeped in tradition


Yang di-Pertuan Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah graced the Warriors’ Day 2022 parade at Dataran Pahlawan Negara today.

The Warriors’ Day celebration began with the trooping the colour ceremony involving colours of the Agong and regimental flags of the First Battalion, Royal Malay Regiment, in a guard of honour mounted by four officers and 103 men.

The national anthem 'Negaraku' was played, accompanied by the firing of a 21-gun salute performed by Lt Col Mohd Asri Che Wil of the 41st Royal Artillery Regiment.

His Majesty then inspected the guard of honour.

Yang di-Pertuan Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah

Today’s Warriors’ Day parade involved 58 officers and 867 men from the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and Royal Malaysian Police, as well as 152 veterans from the MAF Veterans’ Association, and the Retired and Former Police of Malaysia Contingent.

The parade was led by the commanding officer of the 10th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment, Lt Col Muhammad Ikhwan Hussin.

Also present were Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, and Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin.

Chief of Defence Force General Affendi Buang and Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani were also in attendance.

The ceremony then proceeded with the sounding of the “Last Post” while the Jalur Gemilang was lowered.

There was also a pantomime performance about the sacrifice of national fighters in a battle that took place in Bakara Market, Mogadishu, Somalia, on Oct 3 and 4, 1993.

The event involved the 19th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment (Mechanised) which was part of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Mogadishu under the Malbatt 1 Unosom II (the United Nations Operations in Somalia).

At that time, the Unosom II headquarters requested the assistance of Malbatt 1 to be deployed to the battle area to rescue the elite members of the US Rangers and the Black Hawk helicopter crew members who were trapped in the market due to an attack by the rebel guerrillas led by Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

In an effort to rescue the US Rangers, the armoured vehicle driven by Corporal Mat Aznan Awang was ambushed by rebel guerrillas through RPG rocket fire that penetrated the windshield of the vehicle, resulting in his death.

For his bravery, the late Corporal Mat Aznan was posthumously awarded the nation’s highest award, the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa.

The annual celebration of Warriors’ Day on July 31 is one of the government’s efforts to remember the services of the country’s heroes who died while defending the country’s sovereignty.

The Warriors’ Day parade was last held in 2018.

In 2019, the ceremony could not be carried out due to the severe haze at the time, while in 2020 and 2021 it could not be held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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