KOTA KINABALU, July 6 (Bernama) -- The Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V urged members of the Reserve Officer Training Unit (ROTU) to play a bigger role in preserving national security amidst internal and external threats.
He said the reserve unit could be an effective back-up for the Malaysian Armed Forces in defending national sovereignty and ensuring the people's well-being.
"As we can see around us there are numerous conflicts in other countries such as civil wars, uprisings and the local armed intrusion of Lahad Datu by Sulu terrorists.
"I'm confident of the Armed Forces strength, professionalism and spirit, and with the support of the reserve line-up, I'm sure they are capable of protecting our beloved country from potential threats which can mar our peace and harmony," he said.
He was speaking at the Commissioning ceremony of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) ROTU at Universiti Malaysia Sabah here today.
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A total of 1,340 ROTU cadet officers from 17 IHLs nationwide were commissioned into the permanent and reserve forces in the Malaysian Armed Forces.
Also present were Sabah Governor Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Armed Forces Commander Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Army Commander Gen Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.
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