KUALA LUMPUR – The government will always adopt an innovative or ‘out of the box’ approach in the aspects of defence because it involves peace and national security.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the government would never compromise on security and always placed national defence as top priority, thus the approach adopted represented a shift which was in line with current development.
“Past methods have gone by, so there is a need to resort to ‘out of the box’ approaches to ensure that the national defence is more focused.
“For example, the security issue in Sabah. During the discussion with Brunei yesterday, bilateral cooperation will be adopted to focus on the waters in the Sulu Sea,” he said.
He said this at the Aidilfitri Open House of the National Service Training Department (JLKN), here today when commenting on his ministry’s focus in the coming 2016 Budget.
Commenting further on Malaysia-Brunei cooperation, Hishammuddin said among the measures agreed upon was the asset-sharing method, involving four Black Hawk helicopters belonging to Brunei to be handed over to Malaysia to strengthen defence in the waters of both countries.
“This had already been disclosed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, and all the helicopters will be upgraded by us (the ministry) by installing the necessary weapons on the helicopters,” he said.
Hishammuddin said the move would not only benefit Sabah specifically, but also to Brunei’s security as well as bringing closer bilateral relations.
Meanwhile, he gave his assurance that national security was always safeguarded, thus his ministry would always study the matter not only for the
2016 Budget but also for the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) so that they would be realised in the best manner.
Hishammuddin also handed over the ‘Jalur Gemilang’ to the JLKN, which was represented by its director-general Datuk Mohmed Asri Yusof, as a symbol to enliven the 58th National Day celebration on Aug 31. – BERNAMA