Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and TARRENCE TAN
DEFENCE Minister Mohamad Sabu (pic) has denied belittling the capabilities of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) after a remark he made at a recent international summit in Singapore.
He said the defence capabilities and preparedness of the MAF were at their best in facing all forms of threats, including those from outside the country.
“Malaysia as an independent and sovereign nation will focus on diplomatic relationship and preserve the defence cooperation with other nations through bilateral relationships.
“Of course, we do not want to go to war with any major power. I have never belittled the capabilities of Malaysia’s armed forces. In fact, the ministry is preparing a Defence White Paper which will be tabled soon,” he said in reply to Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau).
Shahidan had asked the ministry to state what Mohamad meant when he said “we can’t fight them” during the 18th Asia Security Summit in Singapore.
Hassan Abdul Karim (PH-Pasir Gudang) took the minister to task and said that his remarks made Malaysia look weak.
To this, Mohamad explained that he used the word “fight” to mean war because Malaysia clearly does not want to wage war with any country, especially the major powers.