Srilanka Army's first Malay Major General

Major General M Z R Sallay USP

Major General M.Z.R Sallay USP, an old boy of Isipatana Maha Vidyalaya, Colombo, joined the Sri Lanka Army as an officer cadet in the year 1980.

Having completed his basic military training both in India and Sri Lanka he was commissioned and posted to the Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corp.

He represented the Army 1st XV Rugger team and was awarded the Army colours for his versatile contribution. He played under the captaincy of Brigadier John Senaweera, Chandra and P G Gunawardene in early 80's. His team mates were present Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake, Maj. TPA Majeed, Brig. Sunil Ranasinghe, K.M Navaratne, Sarath Perera and N.P.G Abeysinghe.

He held the appointment of the Army Rugger Committee Secretary and also was the Vice Chairman. He was later a member of Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) disciplinary committee.

He hails from a rugby family where his brother MPF Sallay who captained the Isipatana MV (1978) and Havelocks SC (1984). His other brother, Selwyn Sallay captained Isipatana MV in 1986 when they emerged triple champions and represented Police rugby team as well.

Major General Sallay has held appointments as the Director Ordnance Services, Director Movement and presently he serves as a principle staff officer and functions as the Quarter Master General. He is also the present Colonel Commandant of the Ordnance Corps.

By virtue of his recent promotion he becomes the first Malay Major General in the history of the Sri Lanka Army.

The history of the Malays in Sri Lanka reveals that they were brought to the island as soldiers by the British army because of their bravery and fighting qualities. Most of them were brought from countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. As the years moved on, the Malays joined the Police force, Fire brigade and the Army. Perhaps Sallay inherited these qualities, which influenced him to follow the foot step of his ancestors.

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