Al-Ma’unah siege not a political ploy, says ex-army commander


Alfian Z.M. Tahir

Zaini Mohd Said rebuts claims by certain quarters that the Sauk stand-off in July 2000 was staged and it was all part of a political ploy. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, August 6, 2022.

THE phone call on July 2, 2000 may be one of the most shocking calls ever received by Zaini Mohd Said, who at the time was the Malaysian army’s field commander.

The officer on the other line related to him a piece of news he himself could not apprehend, that an audacious raid on an armoury, the 304th Malaysian Army Reserve camp in Gerik, Perak, just took place earlier that night.


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