1. Press Day

1. Press Day

Members of the press in Ipoh were hosted by the 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade yesterday, in the army’s bid to forge closer ties with local media practitioners.

2. Commander of the Ipoh-based 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Brigadier-General Datuk Mohd Nizam bin Hj Jaffar

2. Commander of the Ipoh-based 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade, Brigadier-General Datuk Mohd Nizam bin Hj Jaffar

 3. opening gimmick

3. opening gimmick

The brigade opened its grounds to the media for the first time since it was headed by Brigadier-General Datuk Mohd Nizam bin Hj Jaffar in February of this year.

4. the event is launched

4. the event is launched

5. Battle Cry demonstration

5. Battle Cry demonstration

During the half-day event, a number of friendly competitions were held, from target shooting to Frisbee, creating a platform to break the ice between soldiers and journalists.

6. press friends taking a wefie

6. press friends taking a wefie

7. this is how a rifle is handled

7. this is how a rifle is handled

At the same time, we had the chance to learn how to handle the M4A1 5.56mm carbine, a lightweight (2.8kg) and user-friendly rifle.

8. one of the four shooting positions

8. one of the four shooting positions

 9. Ipoh Echo's SH Ong tries to shoot M4A1 5.56mm

9. Ipoh Echo’s SH Ong tries to shoot with the M4A1 5.56mm

We also learnt that there are four basic shooting positions to master: standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone.

10. target shooting at 100m

10. target shooting at 100m

11. John Bunyan of The Malay Mail

11. John Bunyan of The Malay Mail

Shooting at an open range is something we civilians seldom get to do, so it was indeed a treasured experience.

12. run to check the targets

12. run to check the targets

13. target shooting

13. target shooting

Prizes were given for best shooter (individual and team), as well as Frisbee Champion.

14. Frisbee contest in progress

14. Frisbee contest in progress

15. balloon shooting

15. balloon shooting

Once the competition wrapped up, we were invited to visit the brigade’s Survivor Village, with a simulated jungle setting.

16. Mak Xiao Jian of Sin Chew Daily is the sharpest shooter

16. Mak Xiao Jian of Sin Chew Daily is the sharpest shooter

17. entrance to Survivor Village

17. entrance to Survivor Village

Here, we got to see for ourselves the various traps and jungle accommodation, including lessons on basic jungle survival skills.

18. jungle fruits that are edible

18. jungle fruits that are edible

 19. monkey trap

19. monkey trap

These skills would surely come in useful should we find ourselves stranded deep in the woods while on a special assignment.

20. jungle hut

20. jungle hut

21. Malay soldier's hammock

21. Malay soldier’s hammock

Event: 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade Press Day
Venue: Kem Syed Putra, Tambun
Date: 25th April, 2017
Time: 9am

22. Ranger's hammock

22. Ranger’s hammock

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