REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, BALIKPAPAN - By 2013 Indonesia plans to strengthen its border line patrol with the military deploying Leopard tanks and Super Cobra combat helicopters. As in Kalimantan, in 2012 the government plans to add an additional battalion of soldiers and build 15 new security checkpoints in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan.
"We have only three security checkpoints in the West Kutai region," said Indonesian Army Regional Military Commander VI Mulawarman Major General Subekti.
With the proposed increase, there will be 1,300 soldiers along the border in East Kalimantan and 44 security checkpoints. "The land boundary between Indonesia and Malaysia is still considered favorable. There have been no reports of border marks being removed," he added.
In East Kalimantan, there are three districts bordering Malaysian territory: West Kutai, Malinau and Nunukan. The eastern Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak border the Indonesian provinces of East Kalimantan and West Kalimantan. The length of the border is 2,019.5 km.