MAFSC is the second highest higher learning institution in the MAF. The college located at Haigate (near to MINDEF Complex). It was established in 1971 with the primary aim of training selected officers to meet the increasing demand of trained staff officers by the Malaysian Armed Forces Officers (Army, Navy and Air Force). The first intake was in 1972 and students from foreign countries began in 1974.
- To prepare students to assume grade 2 staff officer and command appointments in the rank of Major or equivalent.
- To qualify students for the assumptions of increasing responsibility both in staff and command appointments in the rank Lieutenant Colonel or equivalent.
- Commandant: Brig Jen Dato Hidayat Shariff bin Abdul Ghaffur; on his retirement on 4th June 1999, he was succeeded by Brig Gen Dato Mohd Amin bin Mohd Salleh (retired as Maj Gen).
- Deputy Comdt: Col Pawan Chek bin Hashim
- CDS: Col Megat Mohd Yusof bin Dato Megat Mahmud (he retired as Major General)
- HTD: Col Ramli bin Nik
- SADS: Lt Col Lim Tiow Yew RMAF (presently Brig Jen Dato')
- Lt Col Marsaleh bin Hassim RMAF (presently Kol, serves as DA in Johanessbourg, South Africa since 2009.
- Lt Col Mohd Repi bin Bunyamin RMAF (retired Kol- 2008)
RMAF Course Participants:
AIR FORCE STUDENTS
The course were divided into 4 modules; namely, UM Module, Military Staff Duty Module, Single Service Module and Joint Forces Module.
Military Staff Duty Module and Strategic Studies - UM Module
The other hours of the days (Mon to Fri) were allocated for 'UM Module' to qualifiy us to get our 'Diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies'.
This is our first major assignment. It is a group works. I was in the Group No 3 and our group was assigned to study and analyse the Battle of Austerlitz (1805), one of the battles in the Napoleonic Wars. It was also known as 'Battle of Three Emperors; namely Emperor Napoleon of France, Tzar Alexander I of Russia and Emperor Francis II of Austria.
My group members were:
Frankly, until today, I was not satisfied with my works. This first assignment was not so successful because of lack of cooperation among the group members especially the green members. I expected they will be the main player because land battle is their bread and butter in their life. We, the AF and Navy were alien to all those things. Neither to air warfare..:-). The first assignment was not successful because lack of cooperation between the syndicate members. Nearly REDO. I am not boosting to tell thet most of the job was done by me either the write up or the Power Point preparation. I got to admit, since I was not so familiar with the land warfare (nothing better in air warfare), parts of the presentation was plagiarized from the previous intake (I think, not worth for me to be expert in land warfare since the Army members were not serious about it). Off course, we modified here and there especially the pictures and colour scheme. Our presentation received 'severe comments' from the CDS and nearly to 'redo'. First lesson!.
The next writing assignment was individual assignment, that was on Leadership. My given topic was Admiral Lord Mountbatten of British Royal Navy.
The first of three module in MAFSC is Diploma in Defence and Strategic Studies, a collaboration programme with University of Malaya. The six month module was full with academic classes (lectures) and also non-stop assignment. This programme covers the following 5 subjects;
I obtained 3A and 2B for my UM Diploma Module, among the top 5 in the college. We graduated together with the other UM graduates in November Convocation. However, we (diploma graduates) were not invited to receive our scroll on the stage. Just stood up to show our present.
This was an annual events. Students were required to organise the cultural nights. The organising committees were set up at the early stage of the course. The cultural nights were:
- Malay Cultural Nite organised by Malay students.
- Chinese Cutural Nite by Chinese students.
- Indian Cultural Nite by Indian students.
- Gawai Nite. Since there were no Iban student in our course, the responsibilities were given to students from Royal Ranger Corps.
- International Cultural Nite by the foreign students.
- Serbanika Nite. This was the final show (performance) by the students according to the Regiments or Coprs, RMN, RMAF and foreign students group. The RMAF group presented 'Chinese Opera' titled 'Sun Tzu- The Arts of War' and I was one of the actor. The director was Mej Mohammad Noor Akmar TUDM.
Regional Visits under KESBAN
Our Course consider the unlucky year due to economic recession. All the overseas trips which were enjoyed by the previous batch were cancelled. The only long distance visits were under KESBAN. The course participants were divided into 3 groups; first group went to Johore and Singapore, second group travelled to east coast via Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and ended up at Pattani and Yala; and my group went to the northern part, visit Penang, Kedah, Langkawi and cross to Hatyai and Songkhla in Thailand. All groups were moved by buses.
Most of the MTAT graduates said that Staff College was a hectic course. No time to relax, overlapping assignment, especially during the UM Module. But not for me. I made a lot of money in this course. My hobby is writing, so I read books, materials from websites, lecture notes and retype my note properly. Reproduced, binded and sold to the other students. Like 'goreng pisang panas'. I found that my notes were reproduced and inherited from one course to another until the photostat copy can't be seen anymore.
Another way of making money. I like to finish my assignment early. I hold the principle of "do not procrastinate your works'. So, I got more free time. I found that, most of the foreign students like to send their assignment to the typist outside. The civilian typists were not good in 'staff duties' so they made a lot of mistake in the typing. So, I offered my self to take the job with cheaper rate, about RM1 per page. I managed to do for 3 students; Rajibul Islam (Bangladeshi), Osman (Sudanese) and Pizan (Filipino). Lucrative business isn't it?
Do you know that, my first adventure in surfing and my first chatting activities in ICQ and hotmail was I was in MTAT? I learned it from Maj Ganeson (retired Lt Col)
from left: me, Mej Roslan, Mej Zaidi Ahmad, Mej Norazman & Mej Mohd Zabri,
Pic bottom: on my right: Lt Col Osman Sid Ahmad (Sudan), me and on my left Maj Mohd Rajibullah (Bangladesh)
- Mej Abd Razak bin Ibrahim (RMR)
- Mej Abd Malek bin Jiran (RMR)
- Mej Abd Malek bin Abd Rahim (RAMD)
- Mej Abd Aziz bin Hj Yusof (RAMD)
- Mej Abd Razak bin Othman (RAMD)
- Mej Anuar bin Mohd Noor (RAMD)
- Mej Azman bin Mohd Yasin (RAMD)
- Mej Azhar bin Omar (RAMD)
- Mej Baharudin bin Ahmad (RAMD)
- Mej Che Azuha bin Shafie (RAMD)
- Mej Halim bin Hj Yusof (RAMD)
- Mej Hazmi bin Abd Hamid (RAMD)
- Mej Kamarulzaman bin Ishak (RAMD)
- Mej Mohd Anas bin Hassan (RAMD) - Army Best Student
- Mej Mohd Darawi bin Mohd Saad (RAMD)
- Mej Mustaffa bin Awang Ngah (RAMD)
- Mej Mohd Nor bin Kechut (RAMD)
- Mej Mohd Amin bin Mohd Noor (RAMD)
- Mej Othman bin Ahmat (RAMD)
- Mej Mohd Azan bin Ridzuan (RAMD)
- Mej Romainor bin Mohamed (RAMD)
- Mej Ruslan bin Abdullah (RAMD)
- Mej Suhaimi bin Ibrahim (RAMD)
- Mej Yaakub bin Hashim (RAMD)
- Mej Saiful Anwar bin Mohd Ali (RAMD)
- Mej Abd Halim bin Majid (RRR)
- Mej Hamadi bin Hassan (RRR)
- Mej Ivan Lee Synn Leng (RRR)
- Mej Karpal Singh a/l Dalip Singh (RRR)
- Mej Zainal bin Abdullah (RRR)
- Mej Morgan a/l Ramayanan (RRR)
- Mej Suvinder Singh a/l Bhag Singh (RRR)
- Mej Maznan bin Majid TUDM (RRR)
- Mej Tan Jit Yoong (RRR)
- Mej Azman bin Zakaria (RAC)
- Mej Chin Kuang Beng (RAC)
- Mej Abd Kadir bin Mohd Ali (RSR)
- Mej Ahmad Saifuddin bin Talha (RSR)
- Mej Hairudin bin Jamin (RSR)
- Mej Sharifuddin bin Mohd Hassan (RSR)
- Mej Zulbahri bin Sharif (RSR)
- Mej Abu Bakar bin Alias (RER)
- Mej Abd Rahim bin Osman (RER)
- Mej Mustaffa bin Othman (RER)
- Mej Kamarudin bin Mohd Salleh (RER)
- Mej Sutimin bin Fashar (RER)
- Mej Zulkifli bin Ahmad (RER)
- Mej Mohd Norzuki bin Mohd Yusof (RAR)
- Mej Jasni bin Mughari (RAR)
- Mej Mohd Faiz bin Ahmad (RAR)
- Mej Mohd Zulkifli bin Hj Ahmad (RAR)
- Mej Noor Sazali bin Puteh (RAR)
- Mej Shamsuddin bin Hj Hasni (RAR)
- Mej Zulmajdi bin Mohd Yunus (RAR)
- Mej Amiruddin bin Hj Sadali (SSR)
- Mej Rosslee bin Dorahim (SSR)
- Mej Hamidah bintiHhamidin (GSC)
- Mej Kamzaini binti Kamal (GSC)
- Mej Thazali bin Noor Rashid (GSC)
- Mej Hamdan bin Yaacob (GSC)
- Mej Abdullah bin Mohd Hashim (RMPC)
- Mej Mahmud bin Ahmad (RMPC)
- Mej Md Rashid bin Sharif (RIC)
- Mej Som Phong a/l Ah Klop (RIC)
- Mej Abdul Aziz bin Mohd Taha (RIC)
- Mej Dzulkifli bin Md Noor (RIC)
- Mej Abd Rahman bin Mohamed (RSC)
- Mej Azmi bin Khairi (RSC)
- Mej Mohd Nasir bin Ibrahim (RSC)
- Mej Ruslan bin Mat Ali (RSC)
- Mej Shuib bin Basiron (RSC)
- Mej Tuan Abdullah bin Tuan Yusof (RSC)
- Mej Ariffin bin Ismail (ROC)
- Mej Azha bin Yahya (ROC)
- Mej Mohd Fadzil bin Othman (ROC)
- Mej Mohd Rafee bin Maarof (ROC)
- Mej Ismail bin Ahmad (ROC)
- Mej Mohd Fuad bin Hamzah (REMEC)
- Mej Md Fuad bin Abd Jalil (REMEC)
- Mej Mohd Nasir bin Sulaiman (REMEC)
- Mej Mohd Nasir bin Yahya (REMEC)
- Mej Romlee bin Abdul Wahab (REMEC)
- Mej Zulkhurnaian bin Ahmad (REMEC)
- Mej Abd Razak bin Ahmad (REMEC)
Our counterparts from friendly countries:
Lt Kol Mohd Zaki bin Hamzah (now Brig Jen Dato')
Lt Kol Mohd Perang bin Musa (retired Kol)
Lt Kol Mohd Razif bin Hj Idris (now Mej Jen Dato)
Lt Kol Lim Tiow Yew (now Brig Gen Dato')
Lt Kol Mohd Repi bin Bunyamin (retired Kol)
- Mej Anuar bin Mohd Noor (RAMD)
- Kdr Roslan bin Othman (TLDM)