“Reactivation of Gabma to strengthen military ties between Malaysia and Indonesia”
KUCHING (August 16): The reactivation of the Joint Military Post (Gabma) is an important step to strengthen bilateral relations between the Malaysian Army and the Indonesian National Land Forces (TNI-AD).
According to the Commander of the Malaysian Third Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Mohd Kamil Abdul Latiff, Gabma ceased operations in early 2020 following the enforcement of the movement control order (MCO) announced by the government. Malaysian to curb the spread of Covid-19.
He said this while launching ‘Operation Awas Keris Parang’ under Gabma at the Operations Planning Committee (JPG) camp in Tebedu, Serian near here.
As part of this operation, three army posts in Sarawak, namely JPG Tebedu, JPG Biawak (in Lundu) and JPG Lubuk Antu, would operate in respective collaboration with their Indonesian counterparts: the post of Entikong, Sajingan/Aruk substation and Nanga substation. Badau post in Kalimantan.
Specifically, eight members of the Fourth Royal Armor Corps Regiment (4KAD) would be assigned to each of the three TNI-AD posts, while Infantry Battalion (Yonif) 645/Gardatama Yudha (GTY) of the TNI-AD would send 10 of their personnel at every Malaysian Army post in Sarawak.
“The Gabma-Op Awas Keris Parang is part of the border control operation between Malaysia and Indonesia, involving round-the-clock control and surveillance by foot and vehicle patrols, all intended to curb and to prevent cross-border smuggling and other criminal activities,” Mohd Kamil said at the event, where 4KAD Commander Lt. Col. Mohamad Sazili Hussain and Yonif 645/GTY Commander Lt. Col. Hudallah SH, were also present.