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.
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.
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.
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.
We also learnt that there are four basic shooting positions to master: standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone.
Shooting at an open range is something we civilians seldom get to do, so it was indeed a treasured experience.
Prizes were given for best shooter (individual and team), as well as Frisbee Champion.
Once the competition wrapped up, we were invited to visit the brigade’s Survivor Village, with a simulated jungle setting.
Here, we got to see for ourselves the various traps and jungle accommodation, including lessons on basic jungle survival skills.
These skills would surely come in useful should we find ourselves stranded deep in the woods while on a special assignment.
Event: 2nd Malaysian Infantry Brigade Press Day
Venue: Kem Syed Putra, Tambun
Date: 25th April, 2017
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