Fadzil (fourth left) and his officers give their thumbs-up prior to the start of the cycling expedition.
Fadzil (centre) sounds the horn to start the cycling expedition.
MIRI: Over 30 officers from five battalions of the Border Regiment took part in the inaugural Kenyalang Cycling Expedition, starting from Sungai Tujuh Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex here yesterday.
The 988-kilometre expedition, involving battalions 6 to 10, will end at Tanjong Datu, near Kuching and is expected to take 10 days to complete.
According to 31st Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Datuk Fadzil Tajuddin, the main objective of the event is to expose the people to the Border Regiment, which was established in state last year with the primary aim of safeguarding the border between Kalimantan, Sabah and Sarawak.
“This expedition is also to enhance the spirit of friendship and cooperation among members of the brigade, to expose brigade members to Sarawak’s terrain such as village roads, rivers and valleys, while also building their fighting spirit and enhance their physical morale,” he told reporters prior to the flag-off yesterday.
Fadzil added that expedition members will also be conducting ‘Jiwa Murni’ projects in selected places and cooperate with the locals to do community work at halls, mosques and longhouses along the expedition route.
The 31st Infantry Brigade was formed with five battalions of Border Regiment that have been placed in Sarawak.
Though not fully operational, Fadzil said the brigade will be qualified to conduct operations once it has reached the required number of personnel.
“We are now gathering members and so far the strength of the existing members is 1,400 people, including officers, and we hope by the end of this year we will reach 1,600 members. This will enable us to perform the military duty apart from the actual operation.
“For the time being, we are temporarily based at National Service Training Programme (PLKN) camps until the construction of permanent camps is done,” he said, adding the brigade headquarters will be in Bintulu.