History of the Rangers: Operation Jala Aman , the greatest blunder in the annals of the Malaysian Army where 11 soldiers died, Fratricide

 
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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Operation Jala Aman , the greatest blunder in the annals of the Malaysian Army where 11 soldiers died, Fratricide
Monday, February 03, 2020
Why were there 11 deaths during Operation Jala Aman in the Rajang Area Security Command in 1983? Was it fratricide, blue on blue caused by incompetent leadership? This operation was launched as information was received that there were a large number of Communist Terrorists about to move into that area. They deployed every available troops they could get their hands on. That included clerks, cooks, drivers, mechanics and etc etc in the cordon? 
I think personally speaking the deaths were caused by incompetency and poor application of principles in the cordon and search. Plus the fact that all participating were Non Infantry in the cordon group. The "bright bulbs" had the cooks, clerks, mechanics pair up with the Infantry troops in small groups.
The Non Infantry had no real experience in night time combat and ambush, they were jittery, nervous and trigger happy. It was a tragedy waiting to happen. I guess in the dark where visibility was nil, they shot their friends who were with them when they heard noises. One shot was all it took for hell to break loose that night, they opened fire wildly, panicking that the enemy was amongst them. It happened at various locations within the cordon groups, only God knows how many were wounded.
The victims were 5 were from the Royal Malay Regiment, 4 from 24 RMR and 1 from 3 RMR, an Officer from the Armored Regiment and 4 from 8th Rangers and 1 (serial no.17 not from 8th Rangers)  from the 4th Rangers. Corporal Noah ak Olih was the father of Warrant Officer 2 Breanau Noah of the Seventh Rangers. Apparently there are no records at the Infantry Directorate on this incident, why do you think??? I guess the records have been expunged.  If you look into the history of the participating battalions in that operation, they will say the soldiers died due to enemy action. No enemy was killed, neither were they there. I guess there were 4 Generals involved in this fiasco.
Night combat is not going to end well when the cooks, clerks, drivers, mechanics and all the supporting elements are not trained for it. Using the Infantry to off set that short coming will only end with a high cost in lives.
Was anyone held accountable? I guess the Generals qualified for a pension and lived to a ripe old age, whilst our poor warriors who died in this tragedy are quietly forgotten? They were fathers, husbands and sons, who died needlessly
posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 6:53 PM  
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