MALAYSIA’S UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS

14 Sep

 

MALAYSIAS UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS

By

Simon S. Sundaraj-Keun

 

            Malaysia has long being a proponent of the United Nations ideals which encompass bringing about peace, fellowship, and development among nations and people across the globe. The Royal Malaysian Armed Forces and Royal Malaysia Police has time after time answered the call by the United Nations to send service personnel to far-flung outpost in order to enforce and upheld the UN mandate. Malaysia first taste of experiencing the United Nations operations; was in the Congo (later became Zaire and presently known as Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1960.

            It was a trial by fire as troops accustom to a new continent, language, and culture which at times difficult yet the Malaysian along with other nations preformed their duty superbly. As time progress and conflicts erupts across the world due to civil unrest or the incitement of super powers of the Cold War; Malaysia continues to support the UN Peacekeeping Missions. Malaysia non-aligned ideal was maintained even until today as a nation of peace and harmony.

            Even as Malaysia lost personnel during Peace Keeping Missions and received no honor in the movie “Black Hawk Down”; it did not stop Malaysia, unlike some nations. Malaysia march on with its credo of the ‘Malaysia Boleh means Malaysia Can’ attitude in promoting the UN ideals and supporting the UN Peacekeeping Mission till this very day.

Timeline of Malaysian Participation in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations

 Country

Time

Congo Peacekeeping Mission

1960-1962

Iran/Iraq Border

1988-1991

Namibia

1989-1990

Western Sahara

1991-present

Angola

1991-1995

Iraq/Kuwait Border

1992-2003

Cambodia

1992-1993

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1993-1998

Liberia

1993-1997

Somalia

1993-1994

Mozambique

1993-1995

East Timor, Kosovo, Sierra Leone

1999-present

Lebanon

2006-present

Democratic Republic of Congo

2000-present

*18 Malaysian Armed Forces personnel have been killed during UN peacekeeping operations.

Authors Note

Malaysia and all nations who participated and continue to participate in defense of peace and security must be remembered that Peacekeeping is a difficult and complex tasks made by bureaucrats thousands of miles away in the comforts of ones own office. This best one can do is keep those who fight for peace be remembered by us. May we continue to remember o their story and deeds be in our remembrance for fight for ‘Peace and a Better World’.

Author’s Update

On December 13, 2013, Bernama and The Malaysia Insider reported “After 20 years since UN Peacekeeping Mission in Somalia, The United States of America expressed their gratitude by Thanking Malaysia’s UN Peace Keeping Forces in their efforts and sacrifices in saving and assisting fellow United States Armed Forces in Mogadishu, Somalia on October 3, 1993. The message was conveyed by Thomas Kelly, Acting Assistant Secretary Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at Full Training Capability and launch of Malaysia Peacekeeping Center Blue Print at Port Dickson. ” ( Refer: http://my.news.yahoo.com/us-finally-thanks-malaysia-black-hawk-down-rescue-141234858.html#! )


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