Monday, April 26, 2010

Coffee Table Book


I see from the articles and posts sent in by members, we can come up with a coffee table book about the Royal Malaysian Artillery, from the days of our formation until today and also the future, maybe. I am sure there are many stories about our past opertional and administrative experiences that can be told such as the 'escape' experience of Lt Kol (Rtd.) Hamzah Bachek, the MALBATT and other UN sponsored peacekeeping duties experience where gunners were also involved, Brig Gen Dato' Hussein Kamal's and Maj Gen (Rtd.) Dato' Wahid's experiences when performing their duties in Liberia, etc., etc. Of course Kol (Rtd.) Lai has a lot of stories to tell too. Others who are waiting on the line can also start coming with their stories, e.g. Lt Kol (Rtd.) Heera, Lt Gen (Rtd) Datuk Aziz, Lt Gen (Rtd.) Dato' Jaafar, Lt Kol (Rtd.) David Lam, Lt Kol (Rtd.) Masoud, Lt Kol (Rtd) Ahmad Daud, Brig Gen (RTD) Dato' Yusoff Said, Maj Gen Dato' Mokhtar Parman, who will be retiring soon, and all the other retired senior officers, officers and men from the Malaysian Royal Artillery.

I am willing to take up and coordinate this assignment and perhaps to get sponsors as well. I am sure others will also want to volunteer and provide assistance to make this assignment successful.

Best regards.

Capt. (Rtd.) Hussaini Abdul Karim


  1. Hi Hussaini,

    A good but tough project. Please give us the framework of the book to work on. You may draft a preface and general direction of the compilations, so that we can have a fair idea where to start.

    Allen Lai

  2. In response to Kol Lai's suggestion, I have taken the liberty to draft the 'preface' to the book as follows:

    Title: The Royal Malaysian Artillery Corps


    "This coffee table book chronicles the history of the Royal Malaysian Artillery Corps in pictures and narratives since its formation in 19.. and it includes the experiences, recruitment, local and overseas training and development and operations of the Corps including personal experiences of some of our officers and men right after the Japanese occupation to the fight against the communist terrorists, the Indonesian confrontation, the continuing fight against the communist terrorists, peacekeeping duties in various parts of the world as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces as well as public order and disaster relief duties to what the Corps do today during peacetime and in contributing to the continued progress, peace and harmony of our country.

    This book also traces the development of artillery weapons used by the Royal Malaysian Artillery Corps since its formation until today and not forgetting stories about our ‘heroes’, both dead and alive, and brief mention of some past and present personalities of the Corps." end.

    I see this book as a collaboration between the retired gunners and the serving gunners and it needs the 'blessing' of the Defence Minister' and the Ministry of Defence to be official and more concrete.

    Comments from anyone on my suggestion above are most welcome.

    Yours sincerely

    Capt. (Rtd.) Hussaini Abdul Karim

  3. Gentlemen,

    Since there are possibly more than half a dozen contributors now, with a couple already indicating their willinglness to volunteer to be on the editorial committee, maybe we should graduate to writing a pictorial history book instead. Don't worry about the workload and the financing, there will be people taking care of that and I don't think we should burden Arty Dte with this, however I am looking at them (Arty Dte) to strongly support this project. Your contributions in the form of stories and pictures are more important.

    I wonder what the current committee members of the ex-gunners' club's comments or views are about this, are there any roles you guys are interested in to make this project a success. I am waiting to hear from you.

    Yours sincerely

    Capt. (Rtd.) Hussaini Abdul Karim
    Shah Alam