Rejimen Sempadan Upgraded

Flags of the Rejimen Sempadan battalions. BTDM

SHAH ALAM: Rejimen Sempadan upgraded. Army chief Gen Zamrose Mohd Zain on August 11 announced the battalions of the Rejimen Sempadan (some 12 battalions strong) have been upgraded as standard infantry battalions (BIS). BIS is the standard Tentera Darat nomenclature of its infantry units like the Royal Malay Regiment and the Royal Ranger Regiment.

There were scant details on the upgrading apart that new camps with family quarters will be constructed for RS units, when funds are available, of course. Other benefits of the upgrading to the BIS are new training opportunities and staff positions as well. Once the capabilities are upgraded, the RS units will be multi-role and multi-tasking combat entities, according to the Army

General Zamrose signing the plaque to mark the upgrading of the RS battalion as standard infantry battalion. TD

Perhap, the upgraded RS battalions will also receive new weapons like the RPG and the Carl Gustav as well as 4X4s armed with machine guns and grenade launchers. Most of the RS units – one that I had seen anyway – were mostly armed with M4A1 carbines and Heckler and Koch HK11E light machineguns and nothing heavier. Do note that the RS soldiers received the same benefits as other soldiers though as they are stationed near border areas their camps may be more austere than the other units.
A soldier with a RS battalion Sarawak receiving Raya goodies last May. Note the HK11E light machine gun on firing post. TD

At the launch ceremony, a diorama conducted showed an RPG tube among the soldiers involved though no other soldiers carried them on the parade ground nor when performing their duties.
RS soldiers conducting a a diorama as a gimmick for the upgrading ceremony. Note the RPG tube in the middle. TD

The Army release on the upgrade:

PENGISYTIHARAN BATALION REJIMEN SEMPADAN KEPADA BATALION INFANTRI STANDARD
PERLIS, 11 Ogos 2022 – Perbarisan Pengisytiharan Penstrukturan Batalion Rejimen Sempadan (BRS) kepada Batalion Infantri Standard (BIS) dan Pemakaian Pangkat Perdana Anggota Lain-Lain Pangkat (LLP) Rejimen Sempadan (RS) telah disempurnakan oleh Panglima Tentera Darat (PTD), Jeneral Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Zamrose bin Mohd Zain yang hadir bersama isteri Puan Sri Datin Seri Zainuriah binti Haji Mustapha yang dilangsungkan di Padang Kawad, Markas 30 Briged pagi tadi.
Acara perbarisan ini merupakan acara bersejarah buat warga Rejimen Sempadan dalam pembentukan semula Batalion Rejimen Sempadan (BRS) kepada Batalion Infantri Standard (BIS) yang melibatkan seramai 21 Pegawai dan 706 Anggota Lain-Lain Pangkat (LLP) yang diketuai oleh Pegawai Memerintah Batalion Pertama Rejimen Sempadan, Leftenan Kolonel Mohd Asrul bin Mohd Sadari.
Penstrukturan semula BRS ini adalah untuk menghasilkan keupayaan yang mampu beroperasi sepenuhnya dan melaksanakan pelbagai latihan sama seperti Batalion Infantri Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja (RAMD) dan Rejimen Renjer Diraja (RRD).
RS telah ditubuhkan pada 12 Januari 2008 bagi menggantikan Batalion Infantri Siri 300 Askar Wataniah yang dahulunya ditugaskan menjaga laluan sempadan. Justeru penstrukturan semula tersebut selari dengan usaha bagi mengenang jasa serta pengorbanan anggota Batalion Infantri Siri 300 Askar Wataniah yang cekal memelihara kedaulatan dan kemerdekaan negara.
Rejimen Sempadan berada di kedudukan kekananan ketiga dalam keseluruhan enam belas Kor/Rejimen dalam Tentera Darat dan merupakan salah satu kor infantri dalam kategori elemen tempur.
Bersempena dengan acara bersejarah ini juga turut diadakan Majlis Pemakaian Pangkat Perdana yang melibatkan seramai 611 anggota LLP RS.
Dari segi infrastruktur pembangunan, Tentera Darat akan menaiktaraf kem RS mengikut spesifikasi sebagai BIS yang mana penyediaan prasarana latihan dan rumah keluarga akan dibina dari semasa ke semasa mengikut perancangan. Ianya juga bagi menentukan latihan dapat dilaksanakan dengan berkesan serta dapat menjaga kebajikan anggota RS khasnya Tentera Darat amnya.
Tan Sri PTD mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi penghargaan kepada seluruh warga RS yang telah menunjukkan komitmen yang tinggi sepanjang 14 tahun penubuhannya termasuk menzahirkan penghargaan kepada pengerusi dan mantan-mantan pengerusi RS yang bertungkus lumus mengemudi dalam memastikan ia setanding dengan Kor-kor infantri yang lain.

RS soldiers stand at attention during parade. BTDM

— Malaysian Defence

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2 Comments

  1. Marhalim,

    Apart from having 8 men [to fit into a Adnan and MIFV] and a Milkor and RPG; are there any other differences between BIS and non BIS sections? Under the old/non BIS organisation; sections only had a M20A3 and a LMG and comprised 10-12 [?] men.

    Also, in that pic is it really a RPG tube [looks too short and too narrow for the warhead] or a 60mm mortar? I’ve always wondered how we carry RPG reloads. Most users use a sack with a draw string.

  2. The 60mm mortar is nearest to the camera, the RPG is in the middle. I believed the RS units will now follow the standard RMR/RRD infantry TOE, not the mechanised unit, with 10/12 men per section.

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