Indonesian Terrorists attack across the border - Month of August 1963
Friday, February 16, 2007
4 August, 1963. At 9.50 a.m. an armed Indonesian gang of about 10 men dressed in jungle green uniforms clashed with a security force south of Gua in the Second Division of Sarawak. No casualties were caused although fire was exchanged in the follow up. All the Indonesians managed to escape across the border.
8-9 August, 1963. At 19.15 hours on the 8th August, an armed party visited a longhouse near Lubok Antu. They asked for the headman but left hurriedly when the alarm was raised. The following day security forces pursuing the party, exchanged fire near Tinting Lalang with a group of 15 Indonesians in jungle green uniforms and later found 4 NKCP camps near Sungei Ayat which had been abandoned only hours before. A considerable quantity of Indonesian documents and equipment were recovered. These are :
(1) Indonesian Identity Card Iris Abu Bakar and OPR (Organisasi Perlawanan Rakjat or People’s Defence Organisation-The Indonesian Home Guard) Identity Card No. 109/12/1203/61. KIBKI (Kesatuan Buroh Kerakjatan Indonesia, an Indonesian Trade Union) membership card dated January, 1959. (2) Indonesian Identity Card DJAMANI bin Mohamad and OPR Identity Card No. 098/72/ 1202/1961. (3) Indonesian Identity Card Takmizi Budjang and OPR Identity Card No. 059/ 12/1202/61. (4) Indonesian Identity Card Suhaimi Budjang and OPR Identity Card No. 057/12/ 1202/61. (5) Indonesian Identity Card Hihahim bin Nansur. (6) Political party card PNI (Partai Nasional Indonesia or Indonesian Nationalist Party) Kerdja dim Surjana. (7) Collection of song scripts in Indonesian, one typewritten and four handwritten, three in blue ink and one in green ink. (8) Two Receipts. (9) Collection of letters and envelopes consisting of Surat Panggil dated 6 July, 3963, in envelope with what is apparently the aim and objectives of the OPR, a request to attend an anniversary meeting, four tattered envelopes and five pieces of paper. (10) One double-sided plastic photograph holder containing two single photographs of a man, firstly with a rifle, secondly with a thick jacket on, and a third with another friend in OPR uniform. (11) Two other small plastic identity card holders, one containing a 1 Rupiah Indonesian stamp. (12) One new pull-through for a rifle. (13) 12 TNI (Indonesian Army) silver stars. (14) A piece of striped yellow. white and blue plastic that has apparently been used for wrapping up food. (15) Three plastic bags. (16) Indonesian TNI type jungle green peaked cap with the name NARIP crossed out on the peak, and the name MANDUI in the crown. (17) Handwritten list of names (followed by numbers) headed ‘DAN D0Dl.K and at the bottom the name ‘Major SISWOJO’. (Note-Dan Dodik *(Translation : ‘Training Centre Commander’) is the 18th Infantry Training Command at Benkajang in Indonesian Borneo of which Major Siswojo is the officer commanding).
12 August, 1963. Security and police patrols exchanged fire with armed groups in the vicinity of Lubok Antu in the Second Division and Tebekang in the First Division. A group of 37 Indonesians were arrested near Sirikin in the Third Division.
14 August, 1963. A group bf 35 uniformed bandits again attacked Gumbang and exchanged fire with security forces.
15 August, 1963. A patrol of two officers and 14 soldiers of the Security Forces were ambushed in the Sungei Bangkit area near the Indonesian border in the Third Division. One of the officers later died from wounds received. The enemy force was about 60 strong and in subsequent pursuit by security forces suffered casualties killed and wounded. Two lndonesian Army manuals were recovered and four prisoners taken, who admitted they were Indonesians.
19 August, 1963. Six former TNKU terrorists were captured at Long Lopeng in Lawas District in the Fifth Division. They have been identified as members of a group of 46 men from Brunei and Sarawak who went to Indonesian Borneo in early 1962 for military training.
21 August, 1963. Two bandit approaches were made towards Gumbang, and fire was exchanged with security forces during which at least two terrorists were believed to have been hit.
22 August, 1963. Security forces at Gumbang exchanged fire with a number of raiders.
24 August, 1963. 24 armed and uniformed men stole shotguns, flint lock gun, food and jewellery from Tringgus Sang south of Gumbang. The headman recognised one bandit as Jining from Kampong Sitings on Indonesian side of the frontier.
30 August, 1963. A party of 39 Indonesians arrived at Rumah Mangai in the Sungei Bangkit area of Third Division having travelled in a stolen boat. They had been living just north of this place for eight days but were then short of food. They were uniformed in jungle green and khaki and were armed with sub-machineguns and rifles. They left the next day after taking a boat and 12 katties of rice from the longhouse.