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Documentation for Gurkha Reserve Unit

Dec. 16, 1986
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

However, the personal safety of the Sultan is entrusted to a Gurkha Reserve Unit. The need for this guard is hardly a declaration of confidence by the Sultan in the loyalty of his own armed forces.


Feb. 20, 1991
The Guardian

However, the ministry has told the firm it has made an exemption for the Sultan of Brunei who employs his own Gurkha Reserve Unit to guard his kingdom to bring in his own bodyguards.


July 12, 1996
The Australian

Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who is the country's near-absolute ruler as well as its prime minister and defence minister, has also recruited a two-battalion Gurkha reserve unit - a force of retired Gurkhas who guard the royal family, palace and main government buildings.


Aug. 23, 1997
The Straits Times (Singapore)

BRUNEI has disarmed its Gurkha Reserve Unit but denies reports of tension between members of the privately recruited paramilitary force and the government, according to a report in Jane's Defence Weekly.
The GRU, with an estimated strength fo 2,000, comprises Nepalese Gurkhas recruited directly by Brunei after their service in the British army.


According to the defence weekly, The Kathmandu Post reported recently that some GRU personnel were involved in a confrontation of undetermined origin with their seniors, many of whom are former British army officers.
The unit was reportedly disarmed to re-enforce discipline.


May 3, 2001
Borneo Bulletin

The Gurkha Reserve Unit held its first "Long Service and Good Conduct Medal" presentation ceremony yesterday at the Gurkha Reserve Unit at Sungai Akar Camp.
A total of 237 personnel, namely 11 officers and 226 soldiers of various ranks, on completion of nine years of exemplary service received the medals from Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Ibnu Ba'asith, Deputy Minister of Defence.

He said the unit's primary role is to provide 24-hour security to "designated government buildings, installations and key points".
They also provide assistance to the Royal Brunei Police Force and other government agencies in tracking and search tasks. The Gurkha Reserve Unit celebrated its 25th Silver Jubilee on February 25, 1999.