SIBU: The Armed Forces regiments in Sabah and Sarawak are being strengthened so that they can conduct joint operations, especially along the Sarawak-Kalimantan border.
Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong said there was a need to strengthen the force in the two states as outlined in the Defence White Paper.
He made the statement on Saturday (Jan 4) after visiting the 31st Infantry Brigade camp here.
There are four infantry camps in Sarawak and one in Sabah. Another five are located in Peninsular Malaysia.
"We want the two regions to have joint operations where the Army and the Air Force come together to conduct simultaneous operations," he said.
Liew added that this would enable them to face whatever challenges they might face.
On the 31st Infantry Brigade camp, he said its Junaco Park base was rented and as such, the ministry could not upgrade the facility.
"This camp is rented, unlike other camps where we can upgrade the facilities such as housing," he said.
The camp was established in 2015. It currently has 400 soldiers led by its commander Datuk Johnny Lim Eng Seng.
Liew's three-day visit to Sarawak also includes the Rascom and Oya camps and is meant to boost the morale of the soldiers.
"While I am visiting camps in Sarawak, Defence Minister Mat Sabu will be visiting those in Sabah," he said.
Accompanying Liew on his visit to Junaco were First Division commander Mejar General Datuk Md Din, Lanang MP Alice Lau and Bukit Assek assemblyman Irene Chang.
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