PUTRAJAYA, Aug 27 (Bernama) -- Four hundred members of the security forces who were involved in 'Ops Daulat' will be honoured at the 56th Independence Day celebration.
Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the number comprised the Royal Malaysian Police Force (100), Malaysian Armed Forces (250) and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (50).
"We will also honour the families of those who were killed in the Lahad Datu incident by placing them together with the VIP guests," he told reporters after chairing the 56th Independence Day Celebration steering Committee meeting here today.
He said the event symbolised honouring those who had sacrificed their lives for the peace and prosperity of the beloved nation.
"It is also in line with the selection of the theme for the celebration, 'My Sovereign Malaysia: The Land of My Birth'," he said.
Ahmad Shabery said the move was also aimed at giving an opportunity to the public to jointly honour members of the Malaysian Security Forces involved in 'Ops Daulat'.
Furthermore, he said the celebration this time would display 300 army and 30 Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) assets.
"The exhibition includes the latest assets belonging to the army and RMAF, such as the newly-arrived 8x8 transport vehicle and new EC 75 helicopter," he added.
During 'Ops Daulat' in March, 10 members of the security forces comprising eight policemen and two soldiers were killed by Sulu terrorists from southern Philippines before the intruders were routed by the Malaysian security forces.