Australia and Malaysia celebrate 25 years of Joint Defence Program – 24 February 2017
Last night, the Australian High Commission, Kuala Lumpur hosted a reception to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Malaysia-Australia Joint Defence Program (MAJDP).
The MAJDP, which was formally entered into on 19 February 1992, provides a framework for a range of bilateral defence interactions between the two countries across areas including strategic, operational, professional and non-military cooperation. The MAJDP also provides opportunities for training and professional exchanges, with 13 Malaysian Officers currently seconded in Australia and seven Australia Officers currently seconded in Malaysia.
The reception, which was hosted by the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, H.E. Mr Rod Smith PSM at his residence in Kuala Lumpur, was attended by around 120 guests, with some travelling from across Malaysia to attend.
Notable guests included: Commander Simon Ottaviano of the Royal Australian Navy, representing the Australian Defence Force and Group Captain Wendy Horder, the Australian Defence Advisor to Malaysia; as well as Lieutenant General Datuk Azizan bin Mohd Delin, representing the Chief of the Malaysian Defence Force; Rear Admiral Datuk Khairul Anuar bin Yahya, representing the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy and Brigadier General Dato’ Shamsudin bin Kassim, representing the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
“The MAJDP is the cornerstone of the defence partnership between Australia and Malaysia. As we celebrate this milestone, we look forward to building on our existing ties to address new challenges and ensuring the continued security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific Region”, said H.E. Rod Smith PSM.
Australia and Malaysia share a long history of defence cooperation, predating Malaysian independence. Cemented on the battlefields of World War II, the Malayan Emergency and the Confrontation, and further developed through the Five Power Defence Arrangements and the MAJDP, have matured to become one of Australia’s strongest defence relationships.