SHAH ALAM: The Army – after a long pause – is conducting its rotation/transfer exercise involving units and personnel from and around Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, and Semenanjung. A tender for the rotation/transfer exercise was published on March 20 and closes on April 18.
The rotation/transfer exercise also involved in transferring class A, B and C vehicles, which can move on its own or otherwise between the four areas. Class A is armoured, B soft-skin and C are support or engineering vehicles.
The tender call for 2,400 container/bonded trucks to carry all sort of stuff from the units including weapons and ammunition; hiring of low loaders to carry vehicles below or higher than 20 tonnes and labour costs; 20 six-car capacity carriers and 60 twenty motorcycle capacity carriers. All of this are inclusive of the labour and ancillary costs.
Also being sought are 362 mobile cranes; 540 forklifts; 90,000 carboard boxes including packing accessories; 70 wooden boxes and ancillaries; 150 pallets and 2400 packaging including labour costs.
Despite the specifications listed above it is unclear how many units and their personnel are involved in rotation/transfer exercise. The last major rotation exercise made known publicly was in 2016 when the 1st Royal Ranger Regiment and 6th Royal Ranger Regiment swapped camps. 1 RRD is now based at Camp Wadierburn in Kuala Lumpur while 6th RRD now operates from the Ulu Tiram Camp in Johor Bharu.
It must be noted several units in Sabah were due for rotation/transfer to Sarawak and Semenanjung but the move was stopped following the Lahad Datu incident in 2013. As posted in an earlier article, instead of rotating and transferring existing units to Sabah from Sarawak and Semenanjung, the Army decided to stand up new units like the 5th Armoured Regiment. One unit, 26th RMR, was re-constituted in 2013 and move to Tawau, Sabah around 2015/2016.
With the tender specifications involved the transfer of the armoured, soft-skin and support vehicles – this rotation/transfer exercise it may involve mechanised, engineering, movement, and armoured units.
— Malaysian Defence