The Malaysian Army has been holding one of its biggest ever exercises to test its ability to repel an invasion.
GV PAN EXTERIOR Of camp and sign "Kawasan Larangan"
SVs Troops using radio equipment in camp (4 shots)
SV EXTERIOR Troops arriving in helicopter for briefing
GV AND SV INTERIORS Troops being briefed for exercise (3 shots)
SV TILT UP FROM Map on floor TO GV
GV AND SVs Troops running in battle manoeuvres and using weapons (5 shots)
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Background: The Malaysian Army has been holding one of its biggest ever exercises to test its ability to repel an invasion. Following the fall of the Pol Pot government in Kampuchea Malaysia's Chief of Staff General Tan Sri Mohammed Sani Ghaffar said the actions by Vietnamese-backed forces was a threat to security in the region, and Malaysia would have to prepare to meet external threats.
SYNOPSIS: The exercise, being held near the east coast of the Malaysian peninsular has been code-named 'Gonzales Two'. A total of twenty thousand soldiers supported be one thousand vehicles and other units are taking part in the 14-day test of their skills.
The troops, drawn from four brigades, gather to be briefed before launching mock pursuits of an imaginary enemy along the coast. The plan to increase the army's size and skills includes the recruitment of more volunteers for the territorial army.
The development of the defence forces is to be carried out in stages. At the start of the exercise, the Deputy Chief of General Staff, Major-General Datuk Zain Mahmoud Hashim, said there is a need for Malaysia's soldiers to become familiar with all aspects of conventional warfare.