ATM-TNI activate six joint border posts

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TEBEDU: The Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) together with the Indonesian National Army (TNI) have reactivated six joint posts for an operation codenamed Ops Awas Keris Parang, today.

The ceremony was held at Tebedu Camp, and officiated by 3rd Infantry Brigade commander Brig-Gen Mohd Kamil Abdul Latiff.

The personnel involved in the joint posts are from the 4th Regiment, Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps and the TNI’s 645th Infantry Battalion/Gardatama Yudha.

“We have received the mandate to re-activate the joint posts in which TNI would send 10 soldiers to three army posts in Sarawak while ATM would send eight soldiers to theirs.

Brig-Gen Mohd Kamil (left) exchanging souvenirs with Lt-Col Hudallah at Tebedu Camp.

“We hope this will further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” Brig-Gen Mohd Kamil told the media.

Also present were 645th Infantry Batallion commanding officer Lt-Col Hudallah S.H, Malaysian Royal Armoured Corps commanding officer Lt-Col Mohamad Sazili Hussain and Malaysia military liaison officer Lt-Col Haizal Mohamad Ariffi.

The 10 Indonesian soldiers were deployed to the Sarawak-Kalimantan border posts, namely Kem Jawatankuasa Perancang Gerakan (JPG) Biawak in Lundu, Kem JPG Tebedu in Serian and Kem JPG Lubok Antu in Sri Aman.

Meanwhile, the eight Malaysian soldiers were deployed to Indonesian posts, namely Nanga Badau Post, Entikong Post and Sajingan/Aruk Post.

This initiative is part of the Malaysia-Indonesia border operation, which is controlled on a 24-hour basis with foot and vehicular patrols to curb cross-border criminal activities.

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