KING CON­FERRED PASKAL’S PUR­PLE BERET

He was awarded for con­tri­bu­tion to Royal Malaysian Navy’s de­vel­op­ment

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YANG di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V was con­ferred the Honorary Pur­ple Beret and Tri­me­dia badge in con­junc­tion with his visit to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Spe­cial Forces (Paskal) base here yes­ter­day.

He was pre­sented with the beret and an honorary cer­tifi­cate by Armed Forces chief Gen­eral Tan Sri Raja Mo­hamed Af­fandi Raja Mo­hamed Noor and navy chief Ad­mi­ral Datuk Seri Ah­mad Ka­marulza­man Ah­mad Badarud­din, re­spec­tively, dur­ing a cer­e­mony on board KD Lekiu.

Paskal com­man­der First Ad­mi­ral Datuk Ja­mal­ludin Mohd Sa­man pre­sented the badge.

The Pur­ple Beret was handed by Cap­tain Anuar Alias, who was part of the peace­keep­ing mis­sion in An­gola in the 1990s.

Anuar, who took part in a tac­ti­cal demon­stra­tion at the base ear­lier, ar­rived in a rigid-hulled in­flat­able boat to hand over the beret.

Sul­tan Muham­mad V is the 11th honorary re­cip­i­ent of the Pur­ple Beret awarded to rulers and govern­ment lead­ers for their con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of Paskal and the RMN.

The badge sym­bol­ises Paskal’s air­borne, jun­gle war­fare and mar­itime ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Dur­ing the two-day visit, which kicked off on Sun­day, Sul­tan Muham­mad V also graced a shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion for navy per­son­nel and at­tended a lunch with RMN staff.

PIC COUR­TESY OF ROYAL MALAYSIAN NAVY

Yang di-Per­tuan Agong Sul­tan Muham­mad V (cen­tre) with Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Spe­cial Forces (Paskal) per­son­nel at the RMN base in Lu­mut yes­ter­day.

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