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Malaysian Army (Malaysia)

Tentera Darat Malaysia

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[Malaysia army flag] image by Clay Moss, 14 January 2006

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Army Flag

I don't yet know much about this flag except that it appears behind the Malaysian Army top official every time he's on TV. I don't think it's an ensign.
Clay Moss, 14 January 2006

The Malaysian army page shows a flag with a larger national flag on it: http://army.mod.gov.my/bendera_td.htm.
Valentin Poposki, 12 August 2006


Royal Armoured Corps

Kor Armor DiRaja

[Royal Armoured Corps (Malaysia)] 1:2?
from the Malaysian Army website, modified by Santiago Dotor

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag of the Kor Armor DiRaja or Royal Armoured Corps: there is a flag here and a lance pennon here.
Dov Gutterman
, 26 June 2001

Regimental Colour or Panji-Panji illustrated and described in Malay in this webpage.
Santiago Dotor
, 28 September 2001


Royal Signal Regiment

Rejimen Semboyan DiRaja

[Royal Signal Regiment (Malaysia)] ~1:2
from the Malaysian Army website

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag (image here) of the Rejimen Semboyan DiRaja or Royal Signal Regiment:

The Regimental Flag consists of the Regimental colours which are displayed horizontally. The Regimental colours are (from top to bottom) light blue, dark blue and green, that represents the Army, Air Force and Navy respectively. The three colours are separated by yellow between the light and dark blue, and red between the dark blue and green. The two additional colours portray that the Signal Regiment originates from the Royal Malay Regiment. The logo of the Signal Regiment is placed in the center of the flag measuring 180 cm by 92 cm.

Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001

I strongly suspect that light blue, dark blue, and green represent the Air Force, Navy, and Army respectively (that is, in the order given).
John Ayer
, 26 June 2001

I suspect even worse that the Malaysian Army webmaster is clueless. I have noticed this happens a lot in military bureaucracies. (...) The Malaysian Army Royal Signal Regiment is affiliated (as are most Commonwealth units) to the British Royal Corps of Signals, whose colours are light blue/dark blue/green. I am not sure, but this may signify the Signals' air/sea/land capability(*). But it does not signify Air Force/Navy/Army for either the British or Malaysians since it is not a tri-service organisation. The red and [yellow] added to the Malay flag signify the signals' origin as a section of The Royal Malay Regiment in the 1930s. It was fairly common in the British Empire for colonial forces in a country to begin life as the regiment, encompassing very small sections of all arms which eventually grew into their own corps.

There are a lot of other historical errors on the Malay Army website. (...) Barring sounder documentation than the Malay website, I think my suspicions are more reliable.

(*) This would be similar to the logic of the colours of the Royal Tank Regiment, brown/red/green, through mud and blood to the green fields beyond.
T.F. Mills, 26 June 2001


Royal Malay Regiment

Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag (image here) of the Rejimen Askar Melayu DiRaja or Royal Malay Regiment:

Colour. The three corps colours are as follows: Green - To Show Islamic values. Yellow - Royal Colour. Red - Army Colour.

Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


Royal Engineer Regiment

Rejimen Askar Jurutera DiRaja / 'Jutra'

[Royal Engineer Regiment (Malaysia)] ~7:13
from the Malaysian Army website

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag (image here) of the Rejimen Askar Jurutera DiRaja or Royal Engineer Regiment:

The colour code refers to the Engineer unit flags and the background colours as used in badges, stable belts and paper borders. The Royal Engineer Regiment flag consists of red, blue and yellow stripes. Yellow denotes high standard or royalty. Blue which is used as background is used for all Engineer unit tactical signs, whilst red denotes the willingness to sacrifice and fight.

Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


Royal Intelligence Corps

Kor Risik DiRaja

[Royal Intelligence Corps (Malaysia)] 1:2?
from the Malaysian Army website

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag (image here) of the Kor Risik DiRaja or Royal Intelligence Corps.
Dov Gutterman
, 26 June 2001


Royal Artillery Regiment

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the description (no image) of the flag of the Royal Artillery Regiment:

The red and blue background follows the colours of the British Royal Artillery. The red and blue colours symbolized the explosion of the artillery round. Red colour denotes the propellent explosion and blue denotes the dust.

Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


Royal Service Corps

Kor Perkhidmatan DiRaja

[Royal Service Corps (Malaysia)] 1:2
by Santiago Dotor

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag (image here) of the Royal Service Corps:

Since the beginning, the Service Corps had very close ties and affiliation with the British RASC and as such, the Service Corps Flag was designed following a similar pattern to that of the RASC Flag. Thus the basic colours of the Service Corps Flag was based on the RASC Flag which were gold, blue and white stripes in vertical arrangement.

The RASC inherited the blue colour from the uniform and white from the facings of the military train. These two colours flew over the Supply Depot during the seige at Ladysmith. Later the golden colour, representing the golden lace on the tunic was added with the aim of giving the flag a more distinguishable and characteristic design than is possible with simply blue and white.

The early colour arrangement of the RASC Flag was "Blue to the Mast and White to the Blast". After 1916-1918 Palestine Campaign the colour was changed with white to the mast and blue to the blast [i.e. fly]. In 1945 it was established that the usual practise with flags of three colours was to have the lightest colour in the center and when the stripes were vertical, the darkest colour was to the mast. In 1946 it was discovered that white in heraldry was silver and that in heraldic law "metal cannot be placed on metal" i.e. the badge of gold on white which is argentinum or silver.

To overcome this problem the arrangement of the colour sequence since 1952 was gold to the mast, blue with badge defacement as it was known in heraldry and silver to the blast [i.e. fly].

Following the RASC tradition and the basis for its Corps Flag the Service Flag is also gold to the mast, blue with Corps badge in the center and silver (white) to the blast [i.e. fly] arranged vertically.

Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


Royal Ordnance Corps

Kor Ordnans DiRaja

[Royal Ordnance Corps (Malaysia)] 1:2
by Santiago Dotor

While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag of the Royal Intelligence Corps:

  • Crown. Symbolizes an Islamic state and the royal Corps.
  • Wings. Symbolizes the Royal Malaysian Air Force.
  • Anchor. Symbolizes the Royal Malaysian Navy.
  • Two Kris Crossing. Symbolizes the Army.
  • Armour. Symbolizes defence.
  • Three Cannons and three Cannon Balls. This takes its place in the middle of the badge to symbolize the Coat of Arms of the British Military Stores Department where it was first derived from the appoimntment of Master of the King Wardrobe and Armoury in the year 1323 which was kept in the military warehouse un the Tower of London. This was recorded in history in the year 1703 and beginning 1745 it was entered into the Sign Chop for use by the British Equiment Committee at the War Office in London and other samples can be seen at RAOS Muzeum Deepcut, Scurney, England.
  • Paddy Stalk. Symbolizes the country's prosperity.
  • Motto (To Serve and To Support). To serve the country and provide Ordnance support to all Armed Forces units.
  • Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


    Royal Engineer Mechanical and Electrical Corps

    Kor Jurutera Letrik dan Jentera DiRaja

    [Royal Engineer Mechanical and Electrical Corps (Malaysia)] ~4:7
    from the Malaysian Army website, modified by Santiago Dotor

    While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the flag of the Royal Engineer Mechanical and Electrical Corps:

  • Blue means the EME Corps provides assistance to all three services: the Army, Navy and Airforce. However since 1989, it gives assistance to the Army alone.
  • Yellow means sovereignty. This colour also means the Corps renders its service to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
  • Red shows that EME is the corps of the Army which is loyal and willing to sacrifice for the country, race and religion.
  • Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


    Royal Rangers Regiment (Rejimen Renjer Diraja)

    Panji Diraja (Sovereign's Colours), and Panji-panji Pasukan (Regimental Colours):- at http://army.mod.gov.my/rrd/hormat.html

    Sovereign's Colours presented on 3 Mac 1992 by His Majesty the King at Perak Stadium in Ipoh, Perak. With the presentation, the Rangers Regiment became the Royal Rangers Regiment.

    The site mentions that at present, only six of the nine battalions have been presented with Regimental Colours at the following dates:
    1st Battalion - 8th October 1979
    2nd Battalion - 30th April 1980
    3rd Battalion - 4th October 1980
    4th Battalion - 25th October 1980
    5th Battalion - 17th October 1981
    6th Battalion - 2nd October 1992

    Herman Felani M.Y., 2 December 2004


    Malaysian Army Aviation

    While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I located the description (no image) of the flag of the Army Aviation:

    The meaning of the MAA flag and its colours are as follows:
    • The MAA Insignia. It is situated at the centre of the flag to represent that the unit is the MAA.
    • The Squadron Insignia. Each squadron will have its insignia situated at the top left of the flag to represent that it is a squadron of the MAA.
    • The Colour Red. The colour red is the official colour of the Malaysia Army.
    • The Colour Blue. The colour blue represents the primary task of the MAA which is to provide air support.

    Dov Gutterman, 26 June 2001


    Unidentified military flags

    While browsing through the Malaysian Army website I found two unidentified military flags in this page. One is probably the army flag, army logo on light blue-red-dark blue, the second probably the flag of the Kor Perkhidmatan Am / KPA (GAJI) or General Service Corps flag.
    Dov Gutterman
    , 26 June 2001


    Other military flags

    According to a German text [from Flaggenmitteilung ?] submitted by Jaume Ollé:

    The Brigade of the Malaysian Army operating in the border area between Thailand and Malaysia against the communists (CPM-CC, CPM-ML, CPM-RF) has as a flag a red "7" on a white field. (CPM = Communist party of Malaysia, CC = Communist of Chin Peng; ML = Marxists leninists; RF = Rev. Fraction)".

    Jarig Bakker, 12 September 1999

    The red number "7" red on a white background is the transport unit and not the brigade operating at the Thailand border at that time (the terrorists surrendered their arms in the late 1980's). Besides, there is no such term as "CPM-CC (Communist Party of Malaya - Chin Peng)". The exact term is CPM (Communist Party of Malaya) without the word Chin Peng.
    Azmi Abdul Aziz (Kuala Lumpur), 10 April 2000