SEREMBAN – The official opening of the Sendayan Air Base today proved that the government is committed to ensuring the welfare of military personnel and their families.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said it also dismissed the opposition’s allegation that the government was unable to fulfill its promises to build and develop the Air Base in Sendayan.
“With the opening of the Air Base, we also dismissed their allegation that the government had no money and that the air base would never be completed.
“We made the promise because we had the best interests of our own people at heart. This is something that the military men and their families can count on,” he told reporters after the opening of the air base by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak here today.
Also present were Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Malaysian Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.
Elaborating, Hishammuddin, who is also Minister of Special Functions, said he had already discussed with Mohamad to continue helping the military personnel and their families in other aspects, such as education and housing.
“What have been set as the Defence Ministry’s agendas and objectives could be easily materialised at the national level with the support from the state government,” he said.
The minister said the government had always put priority to the welfare of the military personnel and their families.
“A total of 2,500 military personnel and their families would occupy 693 units of military personnel houses at the air base and this will be done in stages until completion in Aug 30 this year,” he said.
Hishammuddin said the government had spent RM2.7 billion to build eight air bases nationwide under the National Blue Ocean Strategy initiative between the Royal Armed Forces and the Royal Malaysia Police.
Apart from Sendayan, seven other air bases were in Gong Kedak, Butterworth, Kuantan, Subang, Kajang, Subang and Ipoh. – BERNAMA