KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu (pic) has pledged to expose all misconduct and malpractices in the ministry of the previous administration if there is evidence.
Several issues related to the ministry had been raised previously, mainly on the procurement of military assets, he said.
“These allegations would be looked into by a special investigation committee on procurement, governance and finance headed by former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang,” he said in an interview with Bernama.
Mohamad, who is popularly known as Mat Sabu, said that in the campaign leading up to the general election on May 9, several matters associated with the ministry had been brought up, including an allegation by former Cabinet minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz that all armed forces’ land had been swapped with a company.
“We had also raised the matter of the purchase of the Scorpene-class submarines, the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, and so on,” he said.
Mohamad, who was sworn in as the Defence Minister on May 21, believes the special investigation committee would be able to unravel the various allegations and set the record straight.
He also said there would be no major changes to the policies adopted by the ministry except for improvements in their implementation.
“These policies include military cooperation with neighbouring countries in monitoring the waters and the commitment to strengthen the agreement on the Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality (Zopfan) in South-East Asia,” he said.
Mohamad reiterated his commitment to continue to care for the welfare of Armed Forces personnel and maintain their preparedness in defending national security and sovereignty.
“Our current national financial and economic positions require us to make adjustments.
“However, the welfare and preparedness of our military cannot be compromised,” he said.
He also said that matters initiated by the previous government, such as the King Salman Centre for International Peace and the National Service Training Programme, would be subjected to an in-depth study.
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