About the Alumni

A History of the Australia Malaysia Defence Relationship

The Australian Defence Force`s commitment to the security of Malaysia is longstanding. It began with the Malayan Campaign in World War II (1941-1945), followed shortly after by the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) and Indonesian Confrontation (1963-1966).
Since those conflicts, the defence relationship between Australia and Malaysia has continued to develop under the auspices of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (1971-current) to RMAF Butterworth and the Malaysia Australia Joint Defence Program (1992-current), aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the bi-lateral defence relationship between Malaysia and Australia. Significant numbers of Malaysian Armed Forces personnel also undertake military training courses in Australia at institutions such as Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Command and Staff College, Australian Defence Force Academy, Duntroon Royal Military College as well as Masters programmes in Australia and a number of short courses.
Australian officers attend the Maktab Turus Angkatan Tentera. Australia and Malaysia also conduct frequent bi-lateral exercises to improve interoperability, promote understanding of each other’s unique operational environments and to strengthen the military skills and capabilities of both forces.
In Kuala Lumpur on 22 November 2015, Australia and Malaysia announced a Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnership to mark the 60th anniversary of Australia’s diplomatic presence in Malaysia.

 

Membership Criteria

– I am a Malaysian serving or having served in the Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) who is attending or attended an exercise, training, secondment or a visit with the Australian Defence Force

– I am a Malaysian serving or having served in the Malaysian Armed Forces (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia) who was awarded a scholarship under the Malaysia Australia Joint Defence Program (MAJDP)

– I am a Malaysian civilian with defence connections to Australia through the Malaysia Australia Joint Defence Program (MAJDP), MINDEF or other government program

– I am a Australian serving or having served in the ADF who attended an exercise, training, secondment or a visit with the Malaysian Armed Forces

– I am an Australian with defence connections to Malaysia through the MAJDP

– I wish to be considered as a Honorary Member or a member of the Historical Group

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