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Malayan Emergency and Confrontation - Periods and Operational Areas

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Introduction

This topic covers details of the operational areas and dates for the Malayan emergency, which are outlined in schedule 2 of the VEA. It covers the following:

  • Malaya 
  • Federation of Malaya and Singapore
  • Malay/Thai Border
  • Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
  • Borneo 
Malayan Emergency

The operational area the Malayan Emergency included the waters off the coast of Malaya for a distance of 18.5 kilometres seaward from the coast, but not Singapore.

This was an operational area for Australian forces during the period 29 June 1950 to 31 August 1957 (both dates included).     

Federation of Malaya and Singapore

The area of the Federation of Malaya and the colony of Singapore was an operational area for Australian forces during the period 1 September 1957 to 31 July 1960 (both dates included).

Malay/Thai Border

The operational area for the Thai Border area only includes the northern Malayan states of:

  • Perlis
  • Kedah
  • Perak and
  • Kelantan (the Western area only of this state, as outlined in Item 5, Schedule 2 of the VEA).

This was an operational area for Australian forces during the period 1 August 1960 to 16 August 1964 (both dates included).

Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore

The Malaya Peninsula operational area includes the territories of Malaysia, Brunei & Singapore and the waters adjacent to those countries.

The territory of Malaysia includes the whole of the Malay Peninsula, the State of Sabah and the State of Sarawak.

This was an operational area for Australian forces during the period 17 August 1964 to 30 September 1967 (both dates included).

Borneo

The operational area for Borneo was the states of:

  • Sarawak,
  • Sabah (North Borneo) and
  • Brunei.

This was an operational area for Australian forces during the period 8 December 1962 to 16 August 1964 (both dates included).


An operational area is an area specified in Column 1 for the period specified in Column 2 of Schedule 2 of the VEA to which a unit or individual have been allotted or deemed allotted for duty.

 

 

Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.