Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Military exercise to identify best procedures

PAYING ATTENTION: Muhammad Ismail (right) and Aminuddin (second right) speak to soldiers at the training exercise.

Event also helps to foster closer rapport between M’sia, Brunei

BINTULU: Malaysian Armed Forces Commander Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin said the Malbru (Malaysia-Brunei) army exercise held at Similajau National Service Camp here is for identifying how best countries could work on their Standing Operating Procedure (SOP), communication and disseminate and receive reports.

He was speaking to reporters at a media conference after officiating at the closing of a 14-day Malbru exercise yesterday.

He said the exercise was aimed at getting better understanding of team training, and identify matters pertaining to the scope of work in accordance with the army’s SOP.

“This year, Malaysia has been given the honour to organise the exercise. It is also to foster closer rapport between both countries,” he said.

From the Brunei perspective, the sultanate’s Brigadier General Aminuddin Ihsan Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Abidin, said the exercise was an opportunity for both countries to train together.

“We hope this exercise would benefit armies of both countries through the sharing of assets,” he said.

He also hoped that such an exercise would be organised in Peninsular Malaysia with more challenging features for more and better benefits.

Panglima Medan Tentera Darat Lieutenant General Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor, First Division Commander Major General Datuk Mazelan Kasap, 9th Brigade Commander Datuk Khir Abdullah, and senior officers were among those present.

A total of 72 high ranking officers and 852 officers from both countries were involved in the exercise which started on June 3 in Miri and ended at Similajau yesterday.

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