KUALA LUMPUR: There was no "initiating directive" from the National Security Council (NSC) to involve the Malaysian military in Ops Yemen 2, says Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong.
He disputed former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who claimed on Wednesday (Dec 5) that the NSC handled the operation.
"I am disappointed that the former defence minister (Hishammuddin) is not here today.
"He said that the NSC had made a decision but after checking, the NSC did not produce any initiating directive.
"When an operation needs to be carried out, it needs the initiating directive from the NSC or in this case, a directive from the military top brass.
"However, there was no written directive from the Cabinet or NSC," said Liew in his winding-up address for his ministry for Budget 2019 in Parliament on Thursday (Dec 6).
He also urged Hishammuddin to come to Parliament to address the issue.
"This is a serious issue. I have asked the Parliamentary Select Committee on Defence and Home Affairs to investigate the matter.
"This will be the first investigation for the committee," he said.
On Monday (Dec 3), Liew revealed in Parliament that Ops Yemen 2 was carried out without approval from the Cabinet.
Under Ops Yemen 2, which was from June 11, 2015, about 27 officers and 62 rank-and-file troops were deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on a rotational basis every three months.
However, the troops were withdrawn following a decision by the Pakatan Harapan government's on Sept 4 this year.