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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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31 August 2016

Honouring Malaya and Borneo veterans

On Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan paid tribute to the Australians who served in the post-Second World War campaigns.

Mr Tehan today honoured the Australians who served during the Malayan Emergency (1948–1960) and the Indonesian Confrontation (or Konfrontasi, 1962–1966).

“Australians should reflect on the service and sacrifice of the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force personnel who served in these two conflicts,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Malayan Emergency was declared on 18 June 1948 when the Malayan Communist Party launched an insurgency against the British colonial government. Australia’s military involvement commenced in June 1950 and continued until the Emergency was declared officially over on 31 July 1960, but Australian forces, as part of the British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve, continued to conduct anti-insurgency operations in Malaya until 1963.

Fifty-one Australian servicemen died in the Malayan Emergency, 15 of them as a result of operations, and 27 were wounded.

“During Australia’s 13-year military involvement in Malaya, Australian military personnel played an important role in bringing the long-running Communist insurgency in the region to an end.

“Australian troops first became involved in the Indonesian Confrontation in 1964, in defence of the newly established Federation of Malaysia. In 1965 the Australian Government agreed to the deployment of Australian troops for service in Borneo. The Indonesian Confrontation formally ended with the signing of peace accords by Adam Malik and Tun Abdul Razak in Jakarta on 11 August 1966.”

Twenty-three Australian servicemen died during Confrontation, seven of them as a result of operations, and eight were wounded.

Media Contacts:

Minister Tehan’s office – Byron Vale 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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