8th Battalion Border Regiment moving to Tawau, Sabah

Mohd Johaizad (left) hands over the regiment’s flag to Lim after it was lowered at the camp closing ceremony.

By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, Dec 20: The 8th Battalion Border Regiment, currently squatting at the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) Camp Sungai Rait here, is moving to PLKN Camp San Shui in Tawau, Sabah.

According to the 31st Infantry Brigade commander Brig-Gen Datuk Johnny Lim Eng Seng, the move formed part of the Defence Ministry’s restructuring plan to enhance Sabah (Tawau) armed forces and to maintain order.

“The moving out of the (battalion) assets and personnel will be made in stages,” he said after witnessing the camp’s closing ceremony this morning.

A total of 212 personnel took part in the closing ceremony’s parade, led by its commanding officer, Lt. Kol Mohd Johaizad Jarudin.

Lim reminded the battalion’s personnel to always safeguard the army’s image wherever they are based.

“Adapt to the new culture and blend with the locals,” he said.

Camp Sungai Rait served as the PLKN venue since the setting up of the programme in 2003. But when the PLKN programme was suspended for a year in 2015 due to the federal government’s effort to reduce spending, the 8th Battalion Border Regiment moved in on April 1, 2016.

Currently, the Border Regiment also has a presence in Bau (Kuching), Sibu and Bintulu. — DayakDaily