UUM ONLINE: 21 July - Malaysia is playing host, for the very first time, to the humanitarian aid mission exercise known as the Joint Combined Exercise Thailand and Malaysia 2017 (JCEX THAMAL), which has been in progress at UUM since 17 July 2017.
The opening ceremony of JCEX THAMAL 2017 was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Defence, Dato' Seri Mohd Johari Baharum, at the UUM ROTU parade ground this morning.
Dato' Seri Mohd Johari said that the exercise was aimed at strengthening relations, increasing cooperation, and sharing experience between Malaysia and Thailand, along with other countries that were also involved in humanitarian relief operations. Furthermore, he said, the exercise was intended to enhance the bilateral military integration capabilities in the region, especially in running humanitarian and disaster relief missions (HADR).
He said that, throughout the programme, the exercise would be conducted along the lines of the Command Post Exercise (CPX) and the Field Training Exercise (FTX), which involved activities, namely, Level 1 Field Hospital, Collapsed Building, River Crossing, and Evacuation Camp.
The 3rd JCEX THAMAL, which will run for nine days in all, engaged the involvement of 863 participants including members of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and observers from ASEAN member countries such as Myanmar, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as the United States of America, a non-ASEAN member country.
Also present at the ceremony were the Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor; the Chief of Staff of Joint Operations, Royal Thai Armed Forces, General Tarnchaiyan Srisuwan; the Vice-Chancellor of UUM, Prof. Dato' Seri Dr. Mohamed Mustafa Ishak, and senior officers from UUM and the Thai and Malaysian armed forces.
Translated by Nur Ida Faradilla binti Aziz
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