In the last few years Malaysia has been steadily developing it's armed forces..but now, in?
In the last few years Malaysia has been steadily developing it's armed forces..but now, in addition to sophisticated weaponry. the long bow is coming back.
Archery as a sport is steadily gaining popularity in many parts of the world, and in Malaysia the armed forces have taken it up officially.
An armed force archery association has been formed and public demonstrations have already been held.
But in Malaysia archery may eventually be used as more than a sport.
Some years ago, during an emergency period, the ancient blow pipe was used to good effect in jungle areas: today Malaysia's forces are still fighting guerrillas on their border with Thailand and in Sarawak, and it may be that the ancient bow and arrow could again become a weapon of war.
SYNOPSIS: Malaysian soldiers, who in recent years have had to learn to handle some of the most up-to-date military equipment, are now faced with learning to handle the ancient longbow. But the old-time archers didn't have the benefit of modern optics to help them in their target practice.
Archery as a sport is steadily gaining in popularity in many parts of the world..adherents say it is comparatively cheap..easily learnt, can be taken up by people of almost any age.
The Malaysian army has formed an official association, and is already looking ahead to participation on the international scene..perhaps up to Olympic standards. But in their particular case the sport just might become rather more serious. The bows and arrows could be used in the deadly game of guerrilla warfare.
From 1948 to 1960 Malaysian soldiers fought a jungle battle, and Dyak tribesmen, brought in as trackers, used another old weapon, the blow pipe, to good effect. Today the army is still fighting guerrillas on the border with Thailand and in Sarawak, and it may be that the ancient bow and arrow could again become a weapon of war.