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Thursday April 7, 2011

Army’s artilleries and weapons on show at anniversary event

KLUANG: Camp Mahkota Open Day carnival to showcase the army’s artilleries and defence weapons has attracted some 30,000 visitors to the event.

The three-day show, which displayed an assortment of military weapons, artilleries and helicopters used by the army air force unit, was held in conjunction with the regiment 16th anniversary last Friday.

Ready for combat: Soldiers standing guard during the launching of Army open day.

The Army’s Division 3 commander Major-General Datuk Razali Ahmad launched the event. Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar Ismail Abdul Rahman Sultan Ibrahim was also present at the opening ceremony.

Hospital Batu Pahat assistant administrative officer Mohd Azre Jamin, 34, said he took his entire family to the camp to have a closer look at what the army has.

“We decided to visit the carnival as the army don’t normally open its doors to the public.”

In action: Soldiers coming out from a helicopter during the Army open day held at Mahkota Camp in Kluang.

He said he wanted to see the weapons and other military equipment used by the Malaysian soldiers.

Mohd Azre said he was also thrilled to witness the skydiving performance.

“I was excited to see dangerous stunts performed by the soldiers as they leaped out of the plane at 6,000 ft.”

Primary school student Mohd Khaled Samad, 10, said he was excited to see the helicopters at the event.

Remote vehicle: Students looking at the remote explosive ordnans disposable vehicle.

“The carnival had given me the insight of army life,” said Mohd Khaled who wants to be an army pilot.

Major Gen Razali said the carnival is one of the initiatives by them to change the public perception of the army.

He said aside from them, other government agencies such as the police, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) and Fire and Rescue Department had pool their resources to organise the carnival.

He said the event is a continuation of the army 78th anniversary that was held on March 1.

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