Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today encouraged Australians to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of those who fought in post-Second World War conflicts in the Malaya and Borneo regions.
“Each year on Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Day, we remember Australian military personnel who served in the Malayan Emergency of 1948 to 1960, and Indonesian Confrontation (or Konfrontasi) of 1962 to 1966.
“This year, the commemorations are particularly significant because they coincide with the 55th anniversary of the end of the Malayan Emergency,” Senator Ronaldson said.
The Malayan Emergency was declared when the Malayan Communist Party launched an insurgency against the British colonial government. Australia’s military involvement commenced in 1950 and continued until the Emergency was declared over, but we continued to conduct anti-insurgency operations in Malaya until 1963.
“During our 13 years in Malaya, personnel from the Australian navy, army and air force played a key role in bringing the long-running communist insurgency in the region to an end. Thirty-nine Australian service personnel were killed in Malaya.
“In 1964, Australia became involved in the Indonesian Confrontation, a small undeclared war fought between Indonesia and the newly federated state of Malaysia.
“The Confrontation was not widely reported in Australia at the time, but today we recognise the efforts of our servicemen in restoring peace to the region again,” Senator Ronaldson said.
This year’s Remembrance Day posters will depict the Malaya and Borneo conflicts to honour those who served.
Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381
Department of Veterans’ Affairs media: 02 6289 6203
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046