MELAKA, Malaysia An event steeped in ceremony was held yesterday to send off’ the remains of 16 New Zealand soldiers from the Commonwealth War Cemetery (CWG), Terendak Camp, Sungei Udang here to the Wardieburn Camp in Kuala Lumpur.

The ceremony was a mark of respect and appreciation displayed by 300 members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATMs) for their New Zealand counterparts who died between 1964 to 1969, and whose remains were buried at the CWG.

The Ceremony was led by an officer and 36 members of various ranks from the 8th Battalion of the Royal Ranger Regiment (Para).

Also present to accord the fallen heroes the honour were Commander of the 10th Brigade Brigadier General Tengku Muhammad Fauzi Tengku Ibrahim, Commander of the 3rd Artillery Division Brigadier General Ahmad Abu Bakar, and a representative of the New Zealand Army, Captain Carl Nixon.

The servicemen were then engaged to help Malaysia fight various internal and external threats.

The remains of the 16 soldiers would be placed together with the remains of another 12 servicemen from New Zealand, at the Wardieburn Hall, Wardieburn Camp, Kuala Lumpur.

The remains of all 28 soldiers will be officially handed over by the Malaysian government to the New Zealand authorities at a special ceremony called the ‘Op Te Auraki’ to be held at the Bunga Raya Complex at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, on Aug 20, after which the remains would be repatriated to New Zealand.

Source: NAM News Network