• Short Summary

    BRITISH COMMONWEALTH FORCES CONTINUE TO WITHDRAW FROM EAST MALAYSIA, FOLLOWING THE RECENT ENDING OF INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION.

  • Description

    BRITISH COMMONWEALTH FORCES CONTINUE TO WITHDRAW FROM EAST MALAYSIA, FOLLOWING THE RECENT ENDING OF INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION.IN THE SARAWAK CAPITAL OF KUCHING ON MONDAY (SEPT 19), THE CHIEF MINISTER, DATO STEPHEN KALONG NINGKAN, PRESIDED OVER A FAREWELL PARADE FOR THE 99TH GURKHA INFANTRY BRIGADE.ALSO PRESENT WERE HIS WIFE, DATIN NINGKAN AND BRIGADIER WILLIAM CHEYNE, THE BRIGADE COMMANDER.

    THE BRIGADE HAS BEEN CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH MILITARY OPERATIONS AND PEACE KEEPING IN SOUTH-EAST ASIA SINCE WORLD WAR TWO.IT WAS ACTIVELY ENGAGED AS PART OF THE 17TH INDIAN DIVISION IN THE BURMA CAMPAIGN, IN THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY AND MORE RECENTLY IN THE BRUNEI REVOLT IN 1962-1963.

    ITS NORMAL COMPLEMENT IS TWO GURKHA BATTALIONS, ONE BRITISH BATTALION AND SUPPORTING ARMS AND SERVICES.DURING CONFRONTATION THIS NUMBER WAS INCREASED TO SIX BATTALIONS INCLUDING UNITS FROM NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIA AND MALAYSIA.IN ALL, ABOUT 30 BATTALIONS HAVE SERVED UNDER ITS COMMAND.

    DATO NINGKAN AND BRIGADIER CHEYNE EXCHANGE COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUES DURING THE CEREMONY.IN HIS SPEECH, DATO NINGKAN EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT MALAYSIA TROOPS WOULD BE AS SUCCESSFUL AND EFFICIENT AS COMMONWEALTH TROOPS IN LOOKING AFTER THE SECURITY OF SARAWAK.

    MOST UNITS IN THE BRIGADE HAVE NOW LEFT BORNEO AND THE BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS LEAVES SHORTLY.ON ITS RETURN TO SINGAPORE, THE BRIGADE WILL BE RECONSTITUTED WITH ITS NORMAL COMPLEMENT ON UNITS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA76GUUWZZRKL09MXY0XPSHDKH6
    Media URN:
    VLVA76GUUWZZRKL09MXY0XPSHDKH6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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