Military ready to defend nation's sovereignity


  • Nation
  • Friday, 03 Jan 2003

BY DALILAH IBRAHIM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Armed Forces will use all its military might to deal with any attempt to violate Malaysia’s sovereignty, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said. 

He said the Armed Forces were well prepared to counter any attempt to turn the country into a battlefield. 

“We will defend every single inch of the country’s sovereignty and we will use everything within our means to do it,” he said at a press conference at his ministry yesterday. 

He was asked to comment on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that there were reports of a neighbouring country wanting to use Malaysia to launch pre-emptive strikes or as forward defence to prevent attacks from reaching its borders. 

He said Malaysia would not tolerate such acts of encroachment by any country.  

Najib said it was not possible to take any action against mere plans but the armed forces would be prepared to defend the country if the plans were carried out. 

“Be it through land, by sea or by air, that is the time we will strike back,” he said. 

“We have our own plans but of course they will not be revealed,” he added. 

Najib added that the armed forces would maintain its present defence strategy and would continue to upgrade its defence capabilities. 

“However, we are not on a war footing so it is unnecessary to tap into the allocation for development to buy new military weapons,” he added. 

To a question, Najib denied that the armed forces were not being firm enough in tackling the situation. 

“We do not want to spark a conflict with any country. The deployment of the armed forces and any decision involving other countries will be determined by the Cabinet,” he said.  

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