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Mohd Zabri Bin Abdul Hamid
Born (1937-08-15)15 August 1937
Died 4 September 1975(1975-09-04) (aged 38)
Place of birth Tapah, Perak
Place of death Grik, Perak
Buried at Tapah, Perak
Allegiance Malaysia
Service/branch Royal Malaysian Police
Rank Assistant Superintendent
Service number G/3427
Unit Crest of the Special Operations Command.svg Task Force (VAT 69)
Commands held 3rd Platoon, 69 Commando
Battles/wars Communist insurgency in Malaysia
Awards Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (S.P.)
Spouse(s) Che Manis @ Latifah Binte Abdullah

ASP Mohd Zabri Bin Abdul Hamid, S.P. was a police officer most remembered as a member and officer of the Royal Malaysia Police 69 Commandos of the Pasukan Gerakan Khas.


Mohd Zabri was born in Tapah, Perak on August 15, 1937 and was the second child of his family.

Police career

Mohd Zabri commenced his career as a police officer on 1 June 1963 as a Probationary Inspector. After passed the training at PULAPOL on Semarak Street, he was transferred to the Penang Police Contingent on 18 March 1963 and then he was transferred to the Police Field Force unit (now General Operations Force) on 29 March 1965 as the Platoon commander. In July 1970, Zabri joined the 69 Commandos and he passed the selection after being trained in five months. Later, he was appointed as a Commando Chief Instructor from April to August 1971 to be trained with new officers and men joining the team which is known as the 3rd 69 Commando Platoon, which was located in Legap Fort, Perak.

Zabri also was committed in an operation which was known as the Ops Jemput Tiga, which jointly operated with the Malaysian Special Branch and the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) which had special intelligence for hunting down the North Kalimantan Communist Party (PARAKU) which was located at the Sarawak-Kalimantan border. In an operation which was joined by a comprising team which included the 69 Commandos and Kostrad (Strategy Commando Army Proposal) TNI-AD and taken in five months in which both teams had a successful attack on both strongholds of PARAKU's group, the 69 Commandos, which were led by Zabri in the battle, sparked and toppled a few members of the PARAKU on the Indonesian security team.

Besides the Ops Jemput Tiga, Zabri also led the three platoons to Hulu Perak in August 1975 to intercept the communist who was involved in the murder case of four Extra Police Constable members from the Grik Police Station where the four officers were killed. On 3 September 1975, his units succeeded in detecting the enemy camp positions near the Grik and the occurrence of a clash between the 69 Commandos leaderships by Zabri with the communists, which possessed membership of as many as 30 to 40 before the terrorists retreat. In the battle, two officers, Corporal Sheikh Ismail and Corporal Aziz Idris, were wounded during the shootout and the reinforcement to the Tek Tapong Unit from a communications message had been requested. His units then had an outcome of spot-checking on an abandoned communist camp after the battle, in which they seized six filled backpacks of food, clothes, two mortars, 18 explosives, 15 food supply boxes, medicines and a few other goods. Besides, they also re-seized the three service shotguns which were believed that were owned by the four killed Extra Police Constable members.


On 4 September 1975, Zabri killed when he stepped on a booby-trap which was set up by a communist while taking two wounded members to an extraction point area after an operation of hunting down the communist who killed extra policemen who were sent to the hospital. His right leg was broken and suffered serious wounds which made him lose lots of blood. He died while giving a message to the members.[1] He was buried in Tapah, Perak.

As a commemorate, he was promoted as an Assistant Superintendent rank and a 69 Commando training camp in Tasik Banding (now named as Zabri Camp).[2]

In June 2014, Zabri was received the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (S.P.), the highest and most distinguished Federal award.[3]

In media

The ASP Zabri's final mission is shown in a documentary by History Channel Asia titled "VAT 69: Malaysia's Very Able Troopers".


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