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Merdeka Service of Remembrance, Kings Park

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Commemorating conflicts of South East Asia
Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Kings Park to remember the Australian, Commonwealth and Malaysian servicemen and women and their family members who have served in Malaysian and South East Asian conflicts since World War II.

Merdeka Service of Remembrance, Kings Park, World War II, Governor of Western Australia, Kerry Sanderson, Malaysian Consul General
Dignitaries lay wreaths at Kings Park as part of the 2016 Service of Remembrance. Picture supplied.


Organised by the Association of Malaysians in WA, the Malaya Borneo Veterans WA and Malayan Volunteers Group Australia, the Merdeka Service of Remembrance will be held at the State War Memorial Flame of Remembrance at Kings Park on Saturday August 26 from 10.15am.

Among the guests will be Governor of Western Australia, Kerry Sanderson; Malaysian Consul General of WA, Nazarudin Jaafar; Warden State Memorial, Wing Commander Christine Pittman; Deputy Ward of the State War Memorial, Colonel Geoff Simpson, Chaplain, Reverend John Marshall; Bugler, Corporal Alex Marshall from the Australian Army Band, Perth; AMWA President, Dr S. Pushpalingam; MBV WA President, Bill Adamson; MVG Australia Secretary Elizabeth Adamson; and MBV WA's Don Crombie.

The service will commemorate the conflicts in Malaya, Borneo, Singapore, Java and Timor during World War II from 1941 to 1945; the Malayan Emergency from 1948 to 1960; Thailand-Malaysian Border Operations from 1960 to 1963; Brunei in 1962; the Borneo, Indonesian Confrontation from 1962 to 1966; the All Australian and Commonwealth FESR Deployments from 1951 to 1971; the Communist Insurgency Peninsular Malaysia from 1968 to 1989; and East Timor from 1999 to 2008.

Merdeka, Malaya, Borneo, Malayan Emergency, Communist Insurgency, Singapore
The 2016 Remembrance Service at Kings Park. Picture supplied.


In his remembrance prayer, Chaplain, the Reverend John Marshall will call on the audience to remember the ANZACS who gave their lives in the cause of "Peace" and "Malaysian Independence" and all who have been laid to rest in cemeteries throughout Malaysia.

He will remember 65 valiant Australians and their families and 67 valiant New Zealand Servicemen and families.

"Let us remember the 1374 valiant members of the Royal Malayan and Royal Malaysian Police Force and Malay Armed Forces who gave their lives in the cause of 'peace' and 'independence'," the prayer says.

"Let us also remember the 3325 courageous Malayan planters, miners and civilians who also fell during the Malaysian Emergency period, supporting all Commonwealth Defence Forces and the Malayan and later Malaysian public."

Following the service, all visitors are invited to attend a light lunch of Malaysian foods served at the Wildflower Pavilion.

The service is organised under the auspices of:

The Association of Malaysians in Western Australia Inc, an independent, non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit organisation endeavouring to provide a wide variety of services to all Malaysians in Western Australia. Incorporated in October 2005, by the initiative of the Malaysian Consul General in Perth, the Association of Malaysians in Western Australia Inc is committed to presenting, practising and spreading the unity of Malaysians, and former Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and culture in Western Australia.

The Malaya Borneo Veterans WA Inc is a self-funding, non-profit association manned by unpaid volunteers. From 1995 to 2011 the Malaya Borneo Veterans WA Inc operated as a State Branch of The National Malaya Borneo Veterans Association Australia Inc (Canberra). There are now three separate incorporated and independent MBV associations operating within Australia.

The Malaya Borneo Veterans WA Inc membership is made up of those members of the defence forces of Australia, Britain and Armed Forces of Commonwealth and Allied countries. Australian Police or Royal Federation of Malaya Police, as service men and women, or, auxiliary operatives directly connected through service in Malaya, Malaysia, Borneo (as an entity), Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor or New Guinea.

Malayan Volunteer Group Australia (MVG) first developed from an informal gathering of a few Volunteer Veterans in the U.K who had met in London annually to reminisce. As their numbers gradually decreased, the tradition was carried on by their children and families, many of whom were child evacuees from Malaya and Singapore during December 1941 and February 1942.

The aims of the MVG are to:
Educate and raise historical awareness of the Malayan Volunteers, the evacuation and the resultant evacuees, to gain delayed acceptance of the roles in the Malayan campaign.
Re-introduce Malayan Volunteer / Colonial families and others, of all races and creeds, who lost contact over the years.
Assist former families, and other interested parties, research their own people's Volunteer / evacuee connections.
Raise money to commemorate the historical conflicts known, and or researched, by the presentation of new memorials and the restoration of existing ones, around the world.

In 1941 42 the Malayan Volunteers and auxiliaries played a vital role in the defence of Malaya, their families, their homes and their livelihoods. All conflicts and social happenings raised during research are displayed within the Association's media outlet, the APA KHABER Magazine, and the Association Web site.
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Why? In remembrance of lives lost in the conflicts of South East Asia since World War II.
When: Meet from 10.15am for an 11am service
Where: State War Memorial Flame of Remembrance, Kings Park, Perth WA
Cost: Free
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