Singapore and Brunei may join sea patrols

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The Trilateral Maritime Patrol (TMP) involving Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines may soon include Singapore and Brunei, said Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

The Defence Minister said the patrols on the Sulu Sea would certainly be more successful with the participation of the two countries.

“The idea to include (Singapore and Brunei) was proposed a while ago,” he told a press conference after launching the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition and conference yesterday.

“While there is no decision from both countries yet, my counterparts sounded positive the last time I spoke to them.”

Hishammuddin added that the main objective of TMP, which was launched last month, was to ensure that militant threats such as Islamic State do not use the Sulu Sea as their route to Malaysia and neighbouring countries.

“The TMP was also launched to combat sea piracy, kidnapping and armed robbery. It’s quite significant.

“The idea of IS setting up base on local shores is a very real possibility, judging from the Marawi incident,” he said.

Warm greeting: Hishammuddin meeting international representatives at the DSA 2018 exhibition and conference at Wisma Perwira. — Bernama
Warm greeting: Hishammuddin meeting international representatives at the DSA 2018 exhibition and conference at Wisma Perwira. —Bernama

He added that on top of maritime rounds, the Armed Forces will soon conduct air patrols as part of TMP activities.

Hishammuddin, who is also Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department, said all 10 Asean Defence Ministers should gather in Manila to be briefed on what was happening in Marawi.

On DSA 2018, Hishammuddin said the event aimed to attract 1,500 companies and more than 42,000 visitors,

It will be held from April 16 to 19 next year at the Malaysia Inter­national Trade and Exhibition Centre here.

“In previous years, the event was held at the Putra World Trade Centre,” he said.

Among the highlights of the event will be a forum on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons. Cybersecurity and cyberdefence conferences and demonstrations are also planned, as well as a terrorism-themed security conference.

Hishammuddin said that since its inception in 1988, DSA has provided a consistent platform for governments and military outfits to come together and strengthen relations in the interest of promoting greater international cooperation.

“DSA has also been crucial in addressing security concerns, including counter-terroism, cybersecurity, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” he said.

Next year’s DSA will be held alongside the National Security Asia 2018 international exhibition.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Courts & Crime , marawi


Next In Nation

GSK Malaysia recalls one batch of Zyrtec-D tablets
Many things overlooked in post-mortem on cadet, pathologist tells court
Social Welfare Dept distributed RM2.4bil to over 500,000 aid recipients last year, says Nancy
Govt spent RM42bil on fuel subsidies, Parliament told
Sabah govt, Linaco Group sign deal to build RM200mil coconut processing plant
Sabah to get new Police Commissioner
Reason Semporna goldsmith went missing still unknown, says IGP
Najib to know outcome of SRC International leave to review application on March 31
Prisons are over capacity by almost 7,000 inmates, says Saifuddin
Education Ministry identifies six core subjects facing shortage of teachers

Others Also Read