'Without the enormous support from the helicopter force, we in all likelihood would still be fighting the communist in the jungle'...Lt Gen (R) Tan Sri Mohammad Ngah Said during helicopter gathering at Bangi Resort in 2005
Back to the statement, I'm quite sure there are top brasses in the MAF who would fully endorse it although they do not express it explicitly. The reason why I said this is because of the caption on the Nuri below...
I fully agree with Tan Sri Mohammad Ngah, xPTU. The above quotation was extracted from this book. I had requested for this book from PTU and he was kind enough to oblige me.
Book: 'The Malaysian Army's Battle Against Communist Insurgency In Peninsular Malaysia 1968-1989'
The above is on the chapter 'Factors That Led The CPM Lay Down Their Arms' of the book. Well, I don't think I'm wrong in stating that the old but faithful iron birds were a contributory factor in expediting the signing of the 'Peace Agreement' between Malaysia and CPM on 02/12/1989 at Lee Gardens Hotel, Haadyai, Thailand.
Come to think of it, I talk so much about the Nuri. It's like blowing my own trumpet about my adventures. I wrote 2 'self-proclaimed' best sellers...He...He...He. But, frankly, I don't know much about the history of this bird....Shame on me! Since time is not the limiting factor, I'm seriously thinking of embarking on a research on the roles of Nuri during the insurgency era in Peninsular Malaysia 1967-1989. The main problem I may encounter is to obtain primary data. This is where I sincerely hope that the relevant people/agencies would assist me, insyaAllah.
Among others, my research would include why Nuri was chosen; what other helicopters were considered; when the 1st set of air/ground crew were sent to USA, who & how many; when the 1st batch of Nuri arrived at Port Klang; when the No 10 Sqn was formed & who was the 1st OC; distribution of the birds to No 7 & No 10 Sqns. Not forgetting, the number of sorties & hours flown, total troops/freights carried during those period. Last but not least, the RM that the government spent for the deployment of these indispensable strategic air support machines. Without these data, whatever research done would not be credible, wallahualam.
I hope readers out there are willing to assist me in my pursuit to document a piece of history that helped to hasten peace to this beloved nation of ours...Malaysia. Your input are most welcomed. Thank you.