It was 81 years ago on March 1 that the first squad of the Experimental Malay Company recruited 25 men to start their military training in Port Dickson under the British Army instructors.
Throughout the 81 years of their existence, they have seen through World War Two, the Japanese Occupation, the British Administration, the Communist Insurgency, the preparation for Independence, the formation of Malaysia, Confrontation, May 13, the end of the Communist armed threat and the Lahad Datu intrusion.
The Chief of Army's message was delivered by Lok Kawi-based Fifth Brigade Brigadier-General, Jalaluddin Manan, at the Lok Kawi Army Camp, here, Saturday.
In his message, he revealed the establishment of both the Armed Forces Eastern Region Headquarters in Kuching, Sarawak and the Task Force 450 of the Fifth Division in Kota Kinabalu, which begins operations on Saturday.
He also disclosed the re-branding of the Border Brigade to 30th Infantry Brigade, which has a wider scope of duty that includes working together with government agencies to improve existing facilities and assets.
"I believe this would enhance the Armed Forces' capabilities to uphold the country's sovereignty at all times.
He said this year the Armed Forces will be getting additional 257 armoured vehicles through stages.
Jalaluddin said as part of the Malaysian Armed Forces Four Dimension strategic plans, a future soldier programme known as Soldier Advanced Kombat Technology Integrated has been established by the Ministry of Defence and is still in its initial phase.
He said this soldier modernisation programme is among the best approach which can determine the capabilities of the personnel or software and ensure that it is at its level best.
Towards this end, he called on Armed Forces to be united and practise high moral values, as well as sharpen their skills and knowledge through lifelong systematic learning.
He also said the Armed Forces will not compromise with officers or personnel with discipline issues, misuse of power or become parasite in the organisation.