KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has consented to several proposals in the Defence White Paper, which is expected to be tabled in Parliament in October, says Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli Zainal Abidin.
"We have discussed and carried out engagements with non-governmental organisations (NGO), defence industry players, academicians and several other ministries involved in the defence landscape in the country.
"In the Defence White Paper, there are eight chapters, and one of them involves the people and defence, and that would allow us time for town hall sessions in the future," he said in a press conference after meeting with MAF personnel at Wisma Pertahanan here Thursday (May 30).
Jen Zulkifli said the White Paper would be the first time implemented in the country, which involves MAF and the people, to boost national security.
In his speech at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition 2019 (Lima 2019) in March, Dr Mahathir said the Defence White Paper was a significant contribution to the Malaysian defence landscape.
It provides a clear description of the role of every agency, organisation and people in the effort to maintain national security.
All relevant agencies including MAF and police will also have clear guidelines on their respective roles and responsibilities.
Jen Zulkifli also said 15,000 MAF personnel, namely the army, navy and air force, would be on duty on Hari Raya as well as maintaining the peace-keeping mission in Lebanon.
"All of them will be on duty to uphold the country's sovereignty and security and will take their turn to go on leave," he added. – Bernama