• Short Summary

    THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE IN MALAYSIAN BORNEO WHERE MALAYSIAN SECURITY FORCES AND INDONESIAN TROOPS FACE EACH OTHER IN DIRECT CONFRONTATION.

  • Description

    THERE IS ONLY ONE PLACE IN MALAYSIAN BORNEO WHERE MALAYSIAN SECURITY FORCES AND INDONESIAN TROOPS FACE EACH OTHER IN DIRECT CONFRONTATION. THAT IS NEAR THE TOWN OF TAWAU, ON THE EAST COAST OF SABAH. THERE INDONESIA AND MALAYSIA SHARE A COMMON BORDER ON SEBATIK ISLAND, AND BOTH COUNTRIES REGULARLY PATROL THE SURROUNDING WATERS. IT IS MORE A WAR OF NERVES THAN A WAR OF BULLETS, AT TAWAU.

    MALAYSIAN SECURITY FORCES HAVE A FLOATING OBSERVATION POSTS JUST OUTSIDE INDONESIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS, TO KEEP WATCH AND CHECK THE MOVEMENTS OF TROOPS AT NUNUKAN -- A NEARBY INDONESIAN MILITARY BASE.

    THE SECOND REGIMENT MALAYSIAN RECONNAISSANCE CORPS AND THE FIRST GORDON HIGHLANDERS ARE CURRENTLY SHARING PATROL DUTIES IN THE AREA. THE FLOATING OBSERVATION POSTS ARE CONSTANTLY MANNED. AND THE SOLDIERS ON BOARD ARE OFTEN SEVERELY TESTED WHEN INDONESIAN GUNBOATS COME TOWARDS THEM AT FULL SPEED, TURNING AWAY ONLY AT THE LAST MOMENT. THE POSSIBILITY OF A MAJOR CLASH IS NEVER FAR AWAY AT ANY TIME.

    ON THE MAINLAND, THE MALAYSIAN REGIMENT MAINTAINS OBSERVATION POSTS, LOOKING OUT TOWARDS THE INDONESIAN HALF OF SEBATIK ISLAND. THE MEN ARE ON THE JOB ROUND THE CLOCK TO GIVE FIRST WARNING OF ANY INDONESIAN ATTEMPT TO INVADE MALAYSIAN TERRITORY.

    COMPARED WITH OTHER PARTS OF BORNEO, THERE HAS NOT BEEN MUCH ACTION AT TAWAU, DESPITE THE PROXIMITY OF INDONESIAN FORCES. IT WOULD BECOME ACTIVE CONFRONTATION AT ANY TIME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2S8493KPBO6L1DPOB58R6478A
    Media URN:
    VLVA2S8493KPBO6L1DPOB58R6478A
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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