The “Mersing Line” is a hypothetical line that shows that if an armed conflict between Malaysia and Singapore occurs, the Republic’s army is said to invade, advance and conquer part of Johor land from Johor Bahru to the district of Mersing in Johor to create the Mersing Line.
DEFENSE SECURITY ASIA – Why is the word “Garisan Mersing” or “Mersing Line” so popular among Malaysian and Singaporean defense observers and analysts? What exactly is meant by “Mersing Line”?
Since the admin was born and raised in Johor and is interested in security and defense issues, the word “Mersing Line” is always heard and a topic of discussion.
Whether this “Mersing Line” exists or is still relevant at this time, it is difficult to ascertain because it involves military strategy and which parties are “crazy enough” to confess about their military strategy, defend or attack.
This “Mersing Line” is a hypothetical line that shows that if an armed conflict between Malaysia and Singapore occurs, the republican army is said to invade, advance and conquer part of Johor land from Johor Bahru to the district of Mersing in Johor to create the Mersing Line.
That is the “Mersing Line”, but what strategy does Singapore need to implement if it wants to create that line?
According to reports, articles and writings by academics, Singapore is said to be using its air force to paralyze the RMAF and all important strategic assets of the Army and Navy, to smoothen the entry of Singaporean armour units into Johor.
Singapore’s electronic warfare assets will also play a role.
“Protected” by Singapore’s air force, its armour units consisting of Bionix armored cars, Hunter and Leopard SG tanks will advance all the way to Mersing to establish the “Mersing Line”.
The rapid movement of Singapore’s military armour will be aided by the “close air support” (CAS) of the republic’s air force.
Apart from that, its commandos will also be sent down using Chinook helicopters to secure (capture) the Johor Causeway and Second Link to enable the advance of Singapore troops to Johor.
The Singapore Air Force with its F-15, F-16 and upcoming F-35 fighter jets as well as Apache helicopters, will create an umbrella for the entry of Singapore troops into Johor to establish the “Mersing Line”.
The advance of the Singapore armour units will also be accompanied by dozens of battalions of its infantry to create the “Mersing Line”.
The advance of Singapore’s army is likened to the “Blitzkrieg” strategy of the German Army in World War II.
Singapore naval vessels will also ensure that any remaining RMN ships do not approach Mersing waters.
Ok, how long will it take Singapore to create the “Mersing Line”?
Singaporean netizens who often brag about the strength of their army and the weakness of the Malaysian army claim that their army was able to create a “Mersing Line” within 24 hours after the first bullet was fired.
The territory occupied by the Singapore army from Johor Baharu and Mersing is said to be used as a buffer zone to prevent any Malaysian artillery and rocket attacks from hitting the island of Singapore.
In the mindset of the “pre-emptive strike” of the Singapore army, any armed conflict should take place in the territory of Malaysia, namely Johor.
The Singapore army does not want any fighting to take place in its small territory.
Due to its small size, Singapore does not have what it calls “strategic depth,” unlike Malaysia.
The Singapore army also did not want the mistakes made by the British army which failed to defend the island from being captured by the Japanese in World War II.
When Japan managed to take control of Johor, then the fall of Singapore could be expected.
Another reason why Singapore is thinking about the need to create a “Mersing Line” is to protect its water supply facilities such as the Linggiu Dam and several other areas in Kota Tinggi.
Water is a vital natural resource for the survival of Singaporeans, who do not have adequate water supply.
In fact, if there is an armed conflict between Malaysia and Singapore, the biggest possibility is due to water.
They are afraid if there is an attempt by the parties in Malaysia to cut off water supply to Singapore and have several times stated publicly that it is willing to go to war to prevent this from happening.
Water is life for Singapore.
When Singapore succeeds in conquering most of Johor through the “Mersing Line”, they will use the negotiating table to achieve the next goal, which is to sign the terms of a peace agreement that will clearly be in favor of the republic.
Singapore will not subjugate Johor forever because politically it is not worth it, it does not want to lose “any political goodwill” from the international community.
It certainly does not want to be like Israel, which has become a “pariah state” in the eyes of the international community because it is still occupying Palestine.
The republic does not want to be called a conquering army and of course wants its dispute with Malaysia to be resolved at the negotiating table on terms that will benefit it in the long run.
As a result we lost to Singapore in the conflict and were forced to sign a one-sided peace agreement to ensure we could get back to Johor, then we had to be under Singapore’s tutelage forever.
Probably, Singapore will get an uninterrupted supply of water from Johor at a very cheap cost and there is no further statement to demolish the Johor Causeway.
But is it true that Malaysia and Singapore have almost gone to war before, as previously claimed by those on both sides of the causeway.
Admin was informed that in 1990-1991, Malaysia-Singapore relations were also in a critical situation when the country and Indonesia held the Malindo Darsasa 3AB exercise which involved the parachute of thousands of paratroopers from both countries on August 9, the 26th anniversary of the republic’s National Day.
The paratroopers’ Drop Zone (DZ) is just 18km from the Singapore border.
The Malindo Darsasa exercise has led Singapore to conduct Open Mobilization of tens of thousands of members of the Singapore National Service, showing the urgency of the situation at the time.
In 1998, the situation was also critical due to the issue of KIK in Tanjung Pagar, Singapore, which caused Singapore to activate Open Mobilization for two consecutive months.
Open Mobilization is also followed by Silent Mobilization of more sensitive units.
Some republic blogs said Singapore’s NS troops were ready with weapons to surround the KTMB station in Tanjung Pagar at the time, while landmines were placed on the Singapore-Malaysia border.
Oklah, long story short on the “Mersing Line”, which is a hypothetical thing so far.
It is based on a one-sided scenario only, namely Singapore while we are not sure of the reaction and response from the Malaysian Armed Forces when faced with Singapore’s efforts to create a “Mersing Line”.
We are sure that the MAF must have a strong strategy to ensure that Singapore fails to implement the effort to create the “Mersing Line”.
Only we are good at keeping secrets, but the admin is sure that the MAF is ready in the event of a conflict between the two neighboring countries.
However, we hope that relations between Malaysia and Singapore will always be good and any disputes can be resolved at the negotiating table. There is no problem that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table.
Source: DEFENSE SECURITY ASIA