Najib: We will just be observers


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 07 Jan 2003

BY NICK LEONG

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will just be an observer when it attends the Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand in May. 

“Our policy has always been that, because of historical reasons, we do not subscribe to multilateral exercises except for the FPDA (the Five Power Defence Agreement involving Malaysia, Singapore, Britain, Australia and New Zealand),” said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. 

There is no reason for the Malaysian Armed Forces to be involved in the war games, which would involve Thailand, the United States, the Philippines and Singapore, he said. 

Malaysia had been attending as an observer for the past five years, Najib said after attending the monthly Defence Ministry gathering at the Royal Malaysian Air Force base at Subang yesterday. 

Asked why Malaysia did not join in, he said there were some “political and strategic implications”  

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