Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day

The 31 August 2011 was designated as Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Day.  This day commemorates two historical campaigns involving Australian Defence personnel – The Malayan Emergency (1950–1960) and the Indonesian Confrontation (Konfrontasi), 1962-1966.

The Malayan Emergency was declared after the murder of three estate managers in Perak, northern Malaya on 18 June, 1948.  Guerrillas from the Malayan Communist Party (MCP), an outgrowth of the anti-Japanese guerrilla movement, were responsible for the murders.  Australia’s involvement commenced in 1950.  39 Australian servicemen lost their lives in Malaya.

Indonesia and Malaysia fought an undeclared war between 1962 and 1966, known as the Confrontation.  The conflict was a result of the Indonesian President’s (President Sukarno) belief that the creation of the Federation of Malaysia was a British attempt to maintain covert colonial rule.  The actual war began in early 1963 when Indonesia launched a series of cross-border raids into Malaysian territory. This war included the involvement of Australia, New Zealand and Britain. 22 Australians were killed during the Confrontation. Due to the secrecy of the cross-border operations, the Confrontation received very little coverage in the Australian press.

The National Malaya & Borneo Veterans’ Association Australia (NMBVAA) would like to invite veterans, families and friends to a service to commemorate the 51st Anniversary of the cessation of the Indonesian Confrontation with Malaysia and the 57th Anniversary of the End of the Malayan Emergency at 11.00am on Saturday, 26 August, 2017 at the War Memorial Gardens (Corner of Brooker Terrace & Davenport Terrace, Hilton).  After the service refreshments will be served at the Hilton RSL and all are welcome.

The NMBVAA is pleased to advise that Sir Peter Cosgrove KC MC, Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, has agreed to become its National Patron, effective immediately.  This is excellent recognition for the Association, which also has His Excellency the Hon Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia as its State Patron.

The Commonwealth Government recently announced it will compile and publish the Nominal Rolls for the Australian armed forces deployed into both the Malayan Emergency and the Indonesian Confrontation.