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Ninth infantry brigade plans museum to honour Rascom
SIBU: The Ninth Infantry Brigade here wants to set up a museum in honour of the Rajang Area Security Command or Rascom.
Its commander, Brig-Jen Datuk Stephen Mundaw, said today Rascom had been very instrumental in helping the government to successfully fight the threat from communist terrorists in the Sibu, Sarikei, Kapit and Bintulu divisions.
Rascom, a unique joint military, police and civil establishment and the first of its kind in the country's security history, was formed on March 25, 1972, by the federal government and was disbanded on April 6, 1995.
The brigade had now succeeded Rascom and its headquarters was the former Rascom building at Awang Ramli Amit Road, here, he told reporters after a parade to mark the 36th anniversary of the Ninth Brigade at the Sibu Town Square, here.
"We have quite a lot of collections on Rascom, from photographic records to physical exhibits like firearms and booby traps captured from the terrorists.
"We want to organise and display them to the public to enable them to know and appreciate the roles played by Rascom. We also appreciate contributions from all those who have served in Rascom too," he said.
He said the museum would be a wonderful reference centre for students and military folk wanting to know the government's successful strategies in the ending the communist threat.
On the Ninth Brigade, Mundaw said it had recorded many achievements as the people's army.
"We have taken part in many community and military projects. We have, for instance, helped in flood relief operations, policing the country borders with Indonesia, helping in rural road and homes construction and others.
Under our "Projek Jiwa Murni"(to win the trust and support of the local community), we provided free dental and health treatment last year to more than 17,000 rural folk in 66 locations statewide," he said.
He said such projects would be carried out soon in more rural locations.
Meanwhile, on Saturday a military exhibition and food sale, brass band performance, the army war dance, parachute jumps by army commando personnel and armed and unarmed combat demonstration will be held at the town square from 8 am as part of the celebration. -- BERNAMA