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Military asset exhibition among attractions at Pahang AKM

KUANTAN: An exhibition of the assets of the armed forces is one of the attractions at the Pahang Keluarga Malaysia Aspirations Tour (AKM) series that will take place at Darul Makmur Stadium and Sultan Ahmad Shah International Convention Centre (SASICC) grounds here for three days starting on Friday.

Defence Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Muez Abd Aziz said preparations were now underway for the 12th AKM series, which is themed ‘Keluarga Malaysia, the Core of National Defence’, to highlight the greatness of all three armed forces branches.

“The assets on display include vehicles as well as light and heavy weaponry that are commonly used by the military and special forces such as the Special Operations Group, Naval Special Warfare Forces (PASKAL) and RMAF Special Force (PASKAU), to show the capabilities of our military.

“In addition, we will also have a special counter for armed forces veterans to enable them get services directly from the officers assigned and there is also a recruitment counter for the armed forces,” he said during an online interview ‘Bicara Naratif’ organised by RTM News.

Muez said AKM led by the Defence Ministry (Mindef) will also involve the participation of 25 ministries, small and medium industry entrepreneurs, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to highlight their services and products.

Commenting on the slogan organised by AKM this time, Muez said it was to give understanding and explanation that the security and sovereignty of the country is the shared responsibility of all Malaysians and not just on the shoulders of the uniformed security forces.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is scheduled to launch the AKM on Saturday morning, before attending the Kenduri Rakyat programme in Tanjung Lumpur here at noon.

Muez said AKM, which will be held from 9am to 9pm, will also have a career fair to offer job opportunities to the public, especially the youth as well as a ‘Citarasa Keluarga Malaysia’ booth and cheap sales organised by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.

He added that visitors can participate in a lucky draw where the top prizes are cars and motorbikes and enjoy performances by popular artistes such as Faizal Tahir and Ning Baizura on Saturday evening.

Source: New Straits Times

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