Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Najib: Port Dickson is now 'Army Town'

PORT DICKSON Port Dickson made history today when it was announced as Army Town by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The announcement was made in recognition of the contributions of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF), the Army in particular, as Port Dickson has produced many army recruits.

"The government will implement a number of projects here to lend more meaning to this announcement of Port Dickson as Army Town. We will leave it to the Defence Minister, the Armed Forces chief and Army chief to suggest to the government what we should do," Najib said at an Aidilfitri function at the Army Basic Training Centre (Pusasda) Square, here, today.

It was also attended by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, MAF chief Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin and about 2,000 army officers and soldiers.

Najib said the announcement (as Army Town) was something to be proud of. However, he did want it to be just for mention but instead wanted the relevant parties to do something to immortalise the name.

Najib who was defence minister for 14 years, said memories of his time with the military officers and members had been sweet and made him realise how great their sacrifices had been to the nation.

On the image of the MAF, Najib said proudly that they had proved to be professional and made world history by being the only force to have successfully fought the communist insurgency.

"It is clear in the annals of history, that the big powers like France and the United States had lost in Vietnam, while the communist threat in the form of the New People''s Army in the Philippines still exists today.

"In Nepal too, the communists are a threat to peace and development in that country.

"So, it's not wrong to repeatedly mention this matter (the MAF's contributions to the nation) as there may be people who do not know history and appreciate their services," he said.

*Taken from NST Online

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