SHAH ALAM: Remember the Royal Malay Regiment Museum in Port Dickson? I had visited it some time back (around 2007). However whenever I got back to Port Dickson all this time, it remained closed. I feared that the museum had been closed for good as the caretaker when I visited it back then said it might be so as the Army was in the process of setting up its own museum. Therefore there was no need for each unit to have their own museum.
So it was a pleasant surprise when I went to Port Dickson on Dec 27 and found the RMR museum was opened for visitors. It appears that the museum had survived unlike the Armour Corps museum, located outside the 2 Armor Camp also in Port Dickson, just before the training centre.
Actually the RMR museum is barely surviving though the Beretta AR-70 assault rifle was still there with the other displays which I saw some time back including a Panhard APC placed outside the museum, a converted single storey quarters. A Commando APC and two L70 Bofi guns were also placed in the compound though it is likely these were placed there for storage. Despite this, I feel a certain connection with the RMR museum as my father had served with the 4th RMR.
I brought him to Port Dickson a few years back to visit the museum but it was closed for “renovations”. He died early this year without ever visiting the museum.
So the tears well up when I found the museum also displayed his old regimental colours together with one from 3rd RMR.
For a full experience visit the Army museum together with RMR one. The RMR museum is opened from Saturday to Wednesday from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
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