Royal Johor Military Force

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The Royal Johor Military Force (Malay: Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor; Jawi: عسكر تيمبالن ستيا نڬري جوهر) is an independent military force raised in 1886 by Abu Bakar of Johor.[1] The RJMF is believed to be the oldest military unit in Malaysia and is the only "state army" in the Federation[1] The Force comes under the control of the Sultan of Johor. Its headquarters are located at Bukit Timbalan, Johor Bahru, Johor.[1] The retention of the army was one of the stipulations in 1946 which Johor made when it participated in the Malay Federation.[2] No other Malaysian state has their own army.[3]

Today the Royal Johor Military Force performs mainly ceremonial functions.[4] In July 2012 the RJMF held a passing-out parade in traditional full dress uniform, to mark the end of training for its 61 recruits, for the first time since 1947.[1]As the Johor State Forces it played a significant role in the suppression of the Singapore Mutiny of 1915,[5] and served in both World Wars.

New colors were granted to the RJMF on 11 May 2016 in the presence of HRH the Sultan of Johor.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Johor Ruler wants history and feats of private army recorded". 20 July 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Johor crown prince warns that state may secede if Putrajaya breaches federation's terms". The Straits Times. KUALA LUMPUR. 16 October 2015. 
  3. ^ New, Jo-Lyn (19 June 2015). "Why is Johor the only Msian state with its own private army? [UPDATE]". CILISOS. 
  4. ^ Nambiar, Ravi (20 November 1999). BAJ&pg=6615,597050&dq=johor-military-force&hl=en "It has got to be Southern style" Check |url= value (help). New Straits Times. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ J.M. RobertsR.W.E. Harper, page 179 "Singapore Mutiny", ISBN 0-19-582549-7

Coordinates: 1°27′34″N 103°45′42″E / 1.4594°N 103.7617°E / 1.4594; 103.7617