This year in August, the War History Institute is organising the first Military History Conference in Asia that commemorates the Malayan Campaign and the Malayan Emergency.
Theme of the conference is “Malaya at War – Remembering the Malayan Campaign and the Malayan Emergency” – from 10 and 11 August 2019, followed by optional seven-day war-sites tour.
This event is the brain child of Seumas Tan, a Malayan Emergency historian and Director of Research of the War History Institute.
Attached at right is the programme for the conference, in which you will see, we have a formidable list of speakers, such as Rear Admiral Guy Griffiths (Retired, RAN) who served as a young midshipman on HMS Repulse when it sunk on 10 December 1941 off the coast of Kuantan. Admiral Griffiths is also Patron of the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse Survivors Association in the UK.
We also have Tan Sri J J Raj Jr who was the Officer in Command Police District of Pagoh when the Bukit Kepong incident happened in 1950 – as well as Datuk Leong Chee Woh who was a Deputy Director of Special Branch (Operations) and head of the Special Counter-Terrorism unit known as E3F that was only recently formally recognised and de-classified by the Malaysian government.
Rear Admiral Griffiths is 96 years old while Tan Sri J J Raj Jr is 97 and Datuk Leong Chee Woh will be 90 this year.
Most of our speakers are in their senior years, therefore, this will be a golden and rare opportunity to hear them speak about their experiences on these historical events. One can never tell if an opportunity such as this will ever come again.
This event has the support of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence and Tourism Malaysia.
We hope that CONTACT readers who are interested in their military history may like to join us in Kuala Lumpur for this conference and a post-conference war-sites seven-day tour.
The programme for the tour can be viewed via our Australian web site www.battlefieldsoftheworld.com.au where the costs are detailed in Australian dollars, with the options to participate in the entire programme or part thereof – i.e. less the extension to the original Japanese landing site of Kota Bharu.
The conference and tour offers are not-for-profit.
Our Malaysian-based web site can also be accessed via www.warhistorysites.com where costs are expressed in US dollars. This site has links for those wishing to attend part or all of the arrangements and to be able to make direct bookings on-line with our ground-handling management company Holiday Tours & Travel Sdn Bhd, based in Kuala Lumpur.
The three-night conference package if that’s all that’s required (9-12 August to allow for international arrival on pm 9th) on a share twin per person basis is US$440 (or approximately AU$640).
Qualified Australian Military Historian
Accredited Member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides #34
Councillor – Secretary Military History Society NSW
Senior Fellow of the War History Institute
4 Kilmarnock Rd, Engadine, NSW 2233, Australia.
Telephone: (+61 2) 9520 6023
Mobile: (+61 0) 428 280 536