AUSTRALIA’S enduring relationship with the Malaysian Kingdom, forged through decades of war and peace remains largely unknown and unremarked in our national consciousness.
Yet generations of Australian servicemen and women have served there, while thousands gave their lives in the defence of what is now the Kingdom of Malaysia and the sovereign Republic of Singapore.
Malaysia recognises two counterinsurgency emergencies against the Malay Communist Party, the second between 1968-1989, in which ADF assets actively participated.
Veterans have conducted a determined campaign exposing decades of Australian government secrecy, deception, misrepresentation and dishonesty in concealing the reason why Australian troops were deployed and what they were really expected to do.
They have compiled a comprehensive, damning dossier of documents to support their claims for proper recognition of their service.
A new Malaysian PM who has felt the sting of official corruption may be the ally they need.