I will be placing a series of incidents pertaining to Indonesian aggression against Malaysia during the formative years.These are summarised incidents which took place regularly. I will be posting these incidents by the months, they took place in. This is to enable our younger generation to know that not everything was fine and dandy when Malaysia was first formed on the 16th September 1963.Many Malaysians died, they died for Malaysia and they should be remembered. This is the least I can do, before we celebrate our 50 years of Independence. All nations acknowledge their fallen, it is only right that we should continue doing so, instead of relegating them to some hidden corners of history.
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Indonesian prisoners in the police compound at Sungai Rambai, shortly after their capture by 3rd Royal Australian Regiment during Operation Flower on 29 October 1964. All 52 infiltrators, along with their captured arms and equipment, were conveyed to the police compound, where they became the responsibility of the Malaysian authorities. The prisoners are held under guard by a Malaysian police constable. Image courtesy of Bernie Binge.
Land Incursions April, 1963
12 April, 1963. The first series of armed raids in Sarawak took place when a party of some 75 armed men in uniform attacked a Police Station at Tebedu in Sarawak. They were armed with assorted arms, some with standard weapons issued by the Indonesian Army. Tebedu is located three miles from the Indonesian border. They killed a Police Corporal and wounded two soldiers. The attackers came from, and withdrew to Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). They spoke an Indonesian form of the Malay Language. A belt left behind by one of them had Indonesian army markings and two envelopes dropped by them were addressed to persons in Pontianak in Indonesian Borneo. Indonesians had previously been inquiring into the strength of the security forces in Tebedu.
23 April, 1963. A gang of eight to 10 Indonesians attacked a section of the Sarawak's Security Forces on duty at 3.00 am. in a small village of Gumbang of the first division of Sarawak. One soldier was wounded. Gumbang is 20 miles from Tebedu, scene of first attack. Shooting occurred for 20 minutes only. The raid was a clear indication of systematic approach to fool the world opinion that there was uprising in Sarawak. A note was deliberately left behind. It stated that the gang, belonged to Azahari’s Tentera National Kalimantan Utara. The gangsters attacked from the lndonesian side.
21 April, 1963. A group of Indonesian terrorists opened fire at the Police Station in Tebedu in the first division of Sarawak which was the scent of the first attack. They fled when the Sarawak's Security Forces opened fire at them.