Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah today advised Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel to catalyse on their success to advance even further instead of becoming complacent.
“Maintain the integrity of the organisation, preserve unity and raise patriotism to make the ATM a sound organisation in ensuring national security and the people’s well-being, so as to be respected by friends and feared by foes,” Bernama reported as His Majesty saying in a ceromany at the Army Square in Sungai Besi Army Camp, Kuala Lumpur.
The ceremony was held as an appreciation for Tuanku Abdul Halim as the Supreme Commander and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah by ATM on the completion of the reign of His Majesty as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XIV on Dec 12 this year.
Tuanku Abdul Halim expressed his appreciation for the undivided support and loyalty extended by ATM personnel since his assumption of the post of Supreme Commander of the MAF in 2011.
Tuanku Abdul Halim congratulated the ATM for having successfully secured the country’s borders, saying this showed that ATM was highly capable of protecting the country’s sovereignty.
An evidence of this was the success of ATM in foiling the militant intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah, in March 2013 under ‘Operasi Daulat’, he said.
His Majesty also said that the participation of 19 ATM officers and 751 personnel in seven countries as observers, staff officers, peacekeepers and humanitarian assistance, established its capabilities which had earned the trust of the United Nations.
“News of this success can enhance public confidence in the ability of the ATM in safeguarding the country’s borders and in regional missions,” His Majesty said.
Tuanku Abdul Halim also congratulated ATM for being a winner of the Brandlaureate Transformational Brand Award 2015-2016 of the Asia Pacific Brand Foundation, involving 60 countries.
The award recognised ATM as an organisation that had succeeded in its transformation efforts by maintaining its own identity in facing the ever-changing challenges.
Tuanku Abdul Halim will complete his reign as the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Dec 12. His Majesty will be succeeded by the Sultan of Kelantan, Sultan Muhammad V.
Tuanku Abdul Halim created history by having been installed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong twice, in 1970 and 2012.