Ministry to table white paper on defence


KUALA LUMPUR: The Defence Ministry is expected to table the White Paper which outlines the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (MAF) current capabilities and latest development plan in Parliament in September.

Minister Mohamad Sabu said the White Paper was drafted by using the guidelines and defence aspects of foreign countries such as Japan, New Zealand and Australia as references, to further strengthen the country’s military system.

“It is also formulated by taking into account the short-term and long-term aspects of the nation’s defence policy, apart from providing a comprehensive explanation to the people.

“We don’t want people to forget about the role of MAF.

“That is why the national defence policy needs to be understood to cover all aspects,” he told reporters after delivering a new year message at Wisma Perwira here yesterday.

Also present were MAF chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin and the ministry’s secretary-­general Datuk Halimi Abd Manaf.

Mohamad said the White Paper would then be presented to the people after being approved in Parliament.

“This White Paper will play a role in informing the Parliament and the people on the challenges faced by the ministry.

“However, this does not mean that we are going to expose the strategic importance and confidentiality of MAF, but more of enhancing the integrity and understanding of the public on the importance of defence and security,” he said.

Commenting on Islamic State militants, Mohamad said his ministry was constantly monitoring the group’s activities despite there were no reported terrorist incidents in Malaysia of late. — Bernama