OVERVIEW OF MALAYSIAN PEACEKEEPING CENTRE
The Malaysian Peacekeeping Training Centre (MPTC) began with a decision made at the conference of the Ministerial Board Serial 4/95 on 9 June 1995. The idea of establishing the centre was mooted by YAB Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak; the then Defence Minister of Malaysia. In its initial stages, MPTC operated from the Joint Warfare Centre, Malaysian Armed Forces Headquarters, Kuala Lumpur. Lt Col Rozi Baharom (retired Maj Gen) was the then Officer in Charge.
The first MPTC Complex Ground Breaking Ceremony was officiated by YB Datuk Haji Mohd Shafie bin Apdal, the then Deputy Defence Minister, at the Segenting Camp, Port Dickson on 24 March 2003. The complex was built on 2.4 hectares of land at a cost RM 22 million. On February 2006, MPTC moved from a temporary location at the Management Wing, Army Institute of Management to the new complex (current location) which was officially inaugurated by YAB Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hj Abdul Razak, the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister.
MPTC was redesignated ‘MPC’ via decision – at the 425th Joint Chief Committee Conference on 28 June 2013. The committee also approved the MPC Blueprint which focuses on strategic development, that was launched on 13 Dec 2013. The Blueprint outlines three (3) initiatives for 20 years namely, Curriculum Development and Training Delivery; Staff and Facilities Development; and Building Partnerships.
On 13 December 2013, MPC received recognition as having Full Training Capability (FTC) from the USA. This achievement was a collaborative effort between the US Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI) and United States Pacific Command (USPACOM).
Currently, MPC has instructors who specialize in implementing a wide range of training and courses. Included in the MPC Yearly Training Schedule are the: United Nations Military Expert on Mission Course (UNMEOM); United Nations Staff Officers’ Course (UNSOC); United Nations Logistic Officer Course (UNLOC); United Nations Contingent Commander Course (UNCCC) and a Gender Advisor Course.
Malaysia’s work and commitment to training in the Service of Peace received the highest acknowledgement from the UN with a visit to MPC by the then Secretary General, Mr. Ban KI-moon on 22 March 2012. This is a testament to Malaysia’s continuous commitment to global peace which is the cornerstone of our National Defence Policy. In celebration of the visit by the Secretary General, MPC’s main auditorium at MPC was named in his honour.
You can read more about the history of MPC by following the timeline below.