The victory in Borneo during the conflict in 1963 to 1966 has solidified the formation of Malaysia. In response to the defeat many of the commanders and NCO's rejected the peace treaties and began to organize a force to conduct guerrilla operations against Malaysian military forces.
The Communist insurgency in Sarawak has forced the intelligence services to send aid via training and weapons, the threat of Russian intervention into any communist insurgencies is always high and it is paramount that we do everything necessary to combat any training or weapons the Soviet block may be giving to the communist forces.
Communist objectives in Sarawak were to achieve self-government and independence for the colony, and to establish a Communist society. The organisation operated through both legitimate and secret organisations to propagate the ideology. Their tactic was to establish a "united front" with other left-wing and anti-colonial groups in Sarawak to achieve their goal of independence of the colony from British rule.
We have been ordered to deploy into the Sarawak area of Malaysia to help an SAS training team to teach the newly formed special forces groups. We will accompany them on patrols and operations in order to train them in British combat tactics, use of helicopters, explosives and reconnaissance methods. The US has also provided some weapons and training. We will be engaged in harsh terrain and thick jungles, the villages and brush provide perfect ambush opportunities for insurgents hiding among civilians. Local weapon searches are carried out to route out anyone working with the communist forces. The civilians casualties in the northern areas are extremely high due to mines and unexploded ordinance. Detection equipment will be provided to the teams.