Royal Johor Military Force (Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor)
JMF Johore Military Forces
JVE Johore Volunteer Engineers
JVF Johore Volunteer Forces
Johor was the first state and currently the only state in Malaysia that has its own military force called Johor Military Force or 'Timbalan Setia Negeri'. It is considered a private army of the Sultan of Johor.
Johore Volunteer Engineer
JMF Founder, Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Abu Bakar (1873-1959)
Parade At Singapore
Tun Hussein Onn And Sultan Ibrahim (Dehrun, India)
JMF (England 1936)
Sultan Mahmud Iskandar
TMJ Tunku Ibrahim Ismail
Military Training at US Infantry Sch. of Arms, Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia and JKF Special Warfare Sch., Fort Bragg, North Carolina, USA
Military Training at Indonesia (Komando Kopassus)
Tunku Ibrahim Ismail With Uniform Camo TD Pattern 70 Brush Stroke
JMF Military Sword '' Gunto ''
he got it there?
thanks for the info!
Malaysia formally withdrew its forces from SFOR June 23, 1998, signing over their Area of Responsibility to a newly formed Belgian - Luxembourg Battle Group (BELU BG).
by Capt. Peter Tubaas
First published in SFOR Informer #35, May 7, 1998
Livno/Glamoc - One of the most distant contributors to the NATO-led peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and Hercegovina is on its way home. After more than four years in country the Malaysians are now packing their equipment in preparation for a withdrawal in June. The Malaysian Contingent (MALCON) V will go into the history books, and the soldiers will return to their respective parent units in Malaysia. According to MALCON V’s Public Information Officer, discussions are underway to possibly leave a small contingent of Malaysians beyond the end of June but no details are available yet.
Commander of the 5th Malaysian Battle Group to serve in Bosnia and Hercegovina under IFOR/SFOR, Col. Syed Khalid bin Syed Mahmood.
Withdrawing a Battle Group and all its equipment is not an easy task. The planning has been proceeding for a while, and the Malaysian Battle Group has just started to send some of their vehicles, armament and other types of equipment to Split, for shipment back to Malaysia.
A Malaysian soldier photographed in Kupres, Multinational Division South West.
"Our government is confident that the peace is returning to Bosnia and Hercegovina and has decided that it is time for us to leave the country when the SFOR mandate expires on the 20th of June. We are on schedule with our withdrawal program. The logistic part is taken care of and the co-ordination with the MND headquarters in Banja Luka is progressing well. Our successors, the Belgians, have been on two reconnaissance trips in the area already, and we are doing our best to provide them with all the information they need," says Commander of the 5th Malaysian Battle Group Colonel Syed Khalid bin Syed Mahmood.
Malaysian SFOR soldiers on an Infantry Fighting Vehicle near Kupres.
The Malaysians have been in Bosnia and Hercegovina since the Malaysian Battalion (MALBAT) joined the UNPROFOR mission in 1993. Until the IFOR mission started in December 1995 they were deployed to Jablanica. The Malaysians moved to Livno and established MALCON 1 in January 1996, just after the Implementation Force got its mandate. The force was gradually reduced from 1,500 in the beginning, to approximately 1,000 in MALCON 3. When the SFOR mandate expires in June the last 785 Malaysian soldiers will leave the Balkans.
A Malaysian mortar platoon cleaning and packing equipment as they prepare to move back to their homeland.
Captain Utaya Gumar from the unit in Glamoc has been serving in Bosnia both under the UNPROFOR, IFOR and SFOR mandates. He explains that there have been radical changes and a positive development in the country since he was here the first time in 1995.
"During IFOR Glamoc was a ghost town, there were only a few people and almost no shops. When I came back again for MALCON V the town was living, the shops are open and there are people in the streets. It seems that the presence of SFOR gives the population confidence," says Utaya Gumar.
A small girl walks past a Malaysian patrol in the town of Glamoc. Turned into a ghost town by the campaign that swept through the area, security for old and young alike to return to the town has been assured by the presence of SFOR Malaysian troops.
Livno - The 5th Malaysian Contingent (MALCON V) of SFOR, currently contains almost 800 soldiers and officers, and has an Area of Responsibility in western Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Malaysian Area of Responsibility is located at the border of Croatia, with Canadian and UK units to the north and Multinational Division South East to the south.
Their headquarters is situated just outside the town of Livno. A total of 367 persons are serving in the camp at 900 metres above sea level. The units in Livno include Combat Team C, one armoured squadron, the Electrical Mechanical Engineers team (EME) and Combat Rescue Team, to mention a few.
Sergeant Hashim bin Abdullah from Ice Station Zebra shares a joke with an inhabitant of the small village of Subici, north of Kupres, while distributing the Information Campaign bulletin ‘Mostovi’.
the second largest Malaysian camp at Glamoc, there are 162 persons doing their service in Combat Team B, the armoured squadron, the Malaysian Medical Centre and other units. The medical centre provides medical and dental services for the civilians as well as their own soldiers. The force in Glamoc conducts patrols in and around the town, and also carries out joint patrols with their British neighbours. During the recent civil unrest in Dvar, the Malaysians had one platoon on standby. When the Malaysians withdraw the Canadians will take over responsibility of Glamoc town, due to the changes of borders of their Area of Responsibility
A Malaysian SFOR soldier of the Kupres Mortar Platoon cleans a mortar in preparation for the forthcoming Malaysian withdrawal.
In Kupres the Malaysians have Combat Team A and one mechanised company including a mortar platoon and an anti tank troop. In all, 118 people are working in the camp outside the small Federation town. At any given time there is a platoon from Kupres deployed at Ice Station Zebra, a ten minute drive from Kupres, only a few kilometres from the Inter Entity Boundary Line. The 40 man strong unit stays at Ice Station Zebra a month at a time, conducting patrols and monitoring, which obviously can be a tough experience in the mountainous area during the winter time.
Soldier of the Engineer Mechanical Electrical Team (EME) working on an engine in the Malaysian Camp in Livno.
In Lipa 26 soldiers from an armoured Malaysian troop are deployed together with the British forces. The National Support Element for MALCON is situated in Split with a total of 68 Malaysians working in the Croatian coastal city.
The K-200 medic version of the Korean-made Malaysian Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
Livno - One interesting aspect of SFOR is that it has not only been European countries that chose to deploy soldiers to help stabilise the peace in Bosnia and Hercegovina. In the case of Malaysia it meant sending troops from the heat of South Asian to some of the coldest places in Bosnia and Hercegovina. At heights around 1000 metres above sea level the winter is sometimes extremely cold and a trial for many a soldier. But this fact does not seem to have a any negative effect on the Malaysians from the 5 Royal Rangers Regiment.
"I could not ask for better soldiers. I am very happy with the way they have been carrying out their duties. I think my men have enjoyed their stay in spite of the cold weather. There are some Malaysians in Split that regret that they never were able to walk on snow," said Malaysian Battle Group Commander Colonel Syed Khalid bin Syed Mahmood.
"Obviously, this has been very useful for our forces to be a part of the SFOR organisation and to work closely with other nations on operational and tactical levels. Our co-operation with neighbouring units and local authorities has gone well. This has undoubtedly been a valuable experience for us," the commander emphasised.
Most of the Malaysian soldiers have been through three months of preparations at Polada Army Training Centre in Malaysia before they deployed here. They were naturally given all kinds of information about the mission in Bosnia and Hercegovina, been exercising their basic military skills and they even had some classes in the local language before they travelled all the way to the Balkans.
With their skills in both the local language and the English language, the physical and cultural distance between Bosnia and Hercegovina and Malaysia has not been a barrier for the communication and relationship between the Malaysian Contingent and the civilian population in the area. The Malaysians confess that they are not only sorry to be leaving but they feel the local population will miss the Malaysian presence and the Asian hospitality.
A Malaysian IFOR soldier photographed in Kupres in April, 1996. The Malaysians first arrived in Theatre in 1993 with the UNPROFOR mission.
Commander of Combat Team B in Glamoc, Maj. M.D. Pauzi bib Hjnasir with the countdown sign showing how many days the Malaysians have left in Theatre at the time of the photograph. The sign translates: "Goodbye to the land of Bosnia. End of Mission MALCON V, 44 days left to go.
Exercise Bersama Padu
Exercise Bersama Padu 2006, an annual Five Power Defence Arrangement (FPDA) Exercise, will be held from 4 Sept 2006 until 24 Sept 2006. This year's exercise will be conducted off the east coast of Malaysia.
Malaysian Air Force Fire and Rescue personnel look over an F-111 under the guidance of RAAF Aircraft Technicians during Exercise Bersama Padu at Royal Malaysian Air Force Base Butterworth, Malaysia.
Southern Tiger aroaring success
By Michael Brooke
INTEROPERABILITY between the high readiness formations of the Australian and Malaysian armies has been further enhanced during the recent Exercise Southern Tiger at Holsworthy.
The exercise is an annual training activity between Malaysia and Australia, which this year involved C Coy 3RAR and A Coy 17 Royal Malaysian Regiment (Parachute), and focused on military operations in urban terrain (MOUT) and airborne operations.
CA Lt-Gen Peter Leahy said Australia and Malaysia have been partners in peace and security in the region for a long time.
“Our relationship with the Malaysian Army is one that we value highly,” he said. “It is because of training activities such as Ex Southern Tiger that we can be confident of success when working together in exercises or operations in the future.”
A highlight of the exercise for the Malaysian paratroopers was the opportunity to jump from an Australian C130-J at Richmond, earning the Malaysians each a set of Australian parachute wings. Malaysian Army Field Commander Lt-Gen Dato Masood bin Zainal Abidin said his soldiers were grateful for all the opportunities offered by their hosts.
“We have learnt many lessons that will enhance our ability to conduct joint operations with the Australian Army, who are one of our true friends in the region,” he said.
CO 3RAR Lt-Col Adam Findlay said Ex Southern Tiger was a great success, not only in terms of training but also the cultural exchanges between Australian and Malaysian soldiers.
“The presentation of the wings of the Airborne Battle Group to A Coy provides a visible link between 17RMR and 3RAR, which serves to strengthen the existing relationship and cooperation between both high readiness airborne units,” he said.
B Coy 3RAR CSM WO2 Anthony Pratt, who assisted in the MOUT training, praised the Malaysian paratroopers for their commitment to training and ability to learn new doctrine quickly.
“The Malaysians did the MOUT training well because they quickly developed an understanding of our tactics, techniques and procedures for section and platoon level operations in complex urban terrain,” he said.
In addition to the training activities, the Malaysians were also treated to some sight-seeing, including trips to a local mosque and the Australian War Memorial, where many of the soldiers were impressed by the display showcasing Australia’s role in suppressing communist terrorists during the Malayan Emergency in the 1950s and 1960s.
DISSIMILAR TRAINING BENEFITS
AUSTRALIA will benefit enormously from training exercises with the Malaysian Army when it introduces a range of new defence systems next year.
The Field Force Commander of the Malaysian Army, Lt-Gen Dato Masood bin Zainal Abidin said the Australian Army would be able to learn more about the weapons systems employed by non-aligned countries in future training exercises with the Malaysian Army.
“It will also improve our interoperability for coalition operations [with Australia] and strengthen our defence relationship,” he said.
Lt-Gen Dato Masood said the first new weapon system to be introduced would be the PT91 Main Battle Tank, which is basically a Polish copy of the Russian T-72 tank, but equipped with advanced western fire control systems, reactive armour and a 120mm main gun.
The Malaysian Army is scheduled to take delivery of 48 PT91s in 2006, as part of the plan to develop a three-regiment armoured brigade. Lt-Gen Masood said he could see the day when Australian Army M1-A1 MBTs will conduct exercises alongside Malaysia’s PT-91s.
Waiting game: 3RAR’s WO2 Les Hart shares a tension-breaking joke with a RMR member of his stick during paraparade.
Photos by Bill Cunneen