Gurkhas in army assault boats are patrolling the rivers of South-East Sabah (North Borneo), a short distance west of Sebatik island, and extending to the Indonesian border.
Aerial V. Sebatik island
Aerial V. Jungle
LV Patrol in boat up river (2 shots)
SV Patrol boat up river, bren gun in bow of boat (2 shots)
Travel shot. Through overgrown river (3 shots)
LV Balabakan village
LV Bungalow once attacked by Indonesians
LV Wire fence around police station
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Background: Gurkhas in army assault boats are patrolling the rivers of South-East Sabah (North Borneo), a short distance west of Sebatik island, and extending to the Indonesian border. The island is shared by Malaysia and Indonesia.
A number of water bases are located in these waterways which are similar to the Florida everglades. Hundreds of small rivers and streams are investigated daily. It was through this river region that a large group of Indonesians worked their way last December. Since then, several Indonesians have lost their lives in clashed with troops; others have become lost and died of hunger.
Meanwhile, the dusk-to-dawn curfew in Tawau which was reimposed last month, has been lifted recently. Nevertheless, residents are advised to carry their identity cards at all times. Balabakan, a timber village, 30 miles west of Tawau, also on the East coast of Sabah, was the scene of the largest Indonesian attack on Malaysian territory since the confrontation began.
Last December forty Indonesians attacked two bungalows housing men of the Royal Malay Regiment. And eight Malays were killed and 19 wounded. The police station was saved by an II-foot wire fence. British and Malaysian troops in a follow-up operation, caught the attackers North of Balabakan early in January this year. In the fierce battle, some twenty Indonesians were killed and 12 taken prisoner.