Defence White Paper to be tabled next year

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  • Friday, 19 Oct 2018

A DEFENCE White Paper which will outline the country’s defence principles and strategies, as well as the latest development plan for the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (MAF) capabilities, will be tabled in Parliament next year, says Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong.

He said the White Paper will be prepared soon to ensure that the country’s defence policy is able to cope with current and future challenges.

He said the ministry would use the “whole-of-government” or “whole-of-society approach” in formulating the White Paper.

“The issues pertaining to defence and security should be discussed openly to ensure that all levels of society understands their importance, and to take joint responsibility in line with the concept of Total Defence (HANRUH) under the country’s defence policy,” he added.

He was responding to a question from Wong Hon Wai (PH-Bukit Bendera) regarding the country’s defence policy in the face of threats.

Liew said the purpose of the White Paper was to inform the MPs and the people about the challenges facing the ministry.

“(Also), to get the support of the people and the Dewan so we can handle issues and new challenges such as cyber and biochemical threats, we must be prepared as one nation.” — Bernama

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