Malaysia was founded on 16th September 1963, and will be 57 years old day. It is a traditional practice to also celebrate Armed Forces Day on the same date. The Malaysian Armed Forces is 87 years old, marking its birth with the formation of the Experimental Company of native Malay soldiers in 1933. The Experimental Company would then form the basis of the Royal Malay Regiment, which is the oldest infantry regiment in the Malaysian Armed Forces.
What better day then to launch Projek Pertiwi?
Projek Pertiwi is an effort by Malaysians that believe it is important to create a more constructive and inclusive discourse surrounding national defence and security. The stigma often associated with defense and security discourse is that it is best left to “those who know better.”
However, national defense and security is a policy space that affects every single Malaysian directly. The Malaysian Armed Forces is a bulwark against foreign threats and adversaries; the peace guaranty it provides in turn enables economic, social, and political activity for the citizens of this country. Conversely, the surplus from the economic, social, and political activities, in the form of taxes and policy, become resources and technology that strengthen the ability of the Armed Forces to do its duty.
This is a virtuous cycle that can only be kept spinning so long as both the MAF and the Rakyat of Malaysia understand its importance. However, over the lasting years of peace since the end of the Second Communist Insurgency in 1989, this understanding has increasingly waned. Projek Pertiwi hopes to bridge this gap by being a platform to allow people from both sides to interact and discuss about these issues.
This is not to say that we believe that all matters under the defence and security should be scrutinized openly and without limit. On the contrary, sometimes discretion is the better part of valour. Projek Pertiwi draws a line at discussing anything deemed as compromising to the operational security of active duty forces and in contravention to the Laws of Malaysia. The Editorial Team of Projek Pertiwi strongly believes in the Rule of Law and ultimately wants to help the MAF succeed in its mission to defend Malaysia.
That said, a fine thread must be carefully woven so that important issues can be openly and critically discussed, but without damaging the defence and security of this country. The Editorial Team will do its utmost best to ensure that this balance is maintained at all times with content submissions.
Projek Pertiwi currently has several articles and opinion pieces covering some specific topics. It will also eventually evolve to include a basic glossary of defence and military terms, as well as primers or explanatory pieces to help define the logical framework of national defence for the general public. We also hope to provide some historical material of previous campaigns and battles involving Malaysia. Keep a look out on the content page for new things to come!
We welcome any and all Malaysians to contribute to this effort. If you are interested, please check out our submissions page and the guidelines provided. If you believe you have content that is aligned with our values and standards, give it a try!
And if you’re here just to read and comment on our content, that’s fine too! The more of the Rakyat that participates in the conversation, all the better!
Join us on our journey to create an open, rational, and inclusive conversation about our national defence and national security!
Selamat Hari Malaysia dan Selamat Hari Angkatan Tentera!