6 - 17 November 2017  

     Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service


Media Release

Minister Kubuabola salutes war veterans

Foreign Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was briefed about the Malaysian trip taken earlier in December by the three war veterans who served in the Malayan Campaign of 1952- 1956.


Minister Kubuabola met with war veteran Manu Korovulavula and was updated of their trip in Malaysia, to feature in a documentary on Fiji's contribution and sacrifice during the Malayan war. 


The three veterans served among other Fijians who died during this conflict and will tell their stories in the television documentary titled, “Back to Batu Pahat”.


Minister Kubuabola saluted all those war veterans who fought and died for Fiji during this campaign.


He also congratulated Mr Korovulavula and the other two veterans Mr Josefa Ramalamala and Mr Inia Rakai for the efforts in trying to ensure that the world was informed about the contributions and sacrifices made by the brave Fijian soldiers.


Minister Kubuabola said more awareness should be made so that the people of Fiji and especially those of Malaysia were informed of the contributions that Fiji made in Malaysia during those four long years.


 Minister Kubuabola, one of the few who initiated this idea a few years back said that the world must know of the bravery of our war veterans.

While in Malaysia last week, revisiting their old camp sites and the place where they had spent four years of their lives, the three war veterans realized that a lot has changed.


But their memories of the place will still remain the same. 


In Malaysia, they were facilitated by Fiji's High Commissioner to Malaysia Ratu Meli Bainimarama. 


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Information together with the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (‘FINAS’) jointly contributed towards the development and production of this feature documentary (film) and commemorative book, titled ‘Back to Batu Pahat’.