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Ministry of Defence should not be a “black hole” of information to avoid parliamentary scrutiny using the Official Secrets Act (OSA)

Yesterday, my parliamentary question on the expenditures of AV-8 (8×8 armored vehicle) and Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) projects was turned down because it was classified under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). I am disappointed by the Speaker’s decision to gag this legitimate question. Why is the Ministry of Defence refusing to give answers about… Read More

China coast guard vessels: Hishamuddin’s responses most bizarre and puzzling

Over the past few days in Kuching and in Kluang, Defense Minister Hishammudin Hussein was asked by the press to comment on the presence of China’s coast guard vessels in Malaysian waters and gave some of the most bizarre and puzzling responses, which could have triggered calls for his resignation in other more mature democracies…. Read More

Najib and MINDEF must come clean on commercialisation of military land as exemplified by the 1MDB purchase of Sungai Besi military base

Is our Prime Minister and Defence Minister playing a cat and mouse game about the plan by the Ministry of Defence to commercialise military land by relocating selected military bases located on prime land in exchange for less than market value? I raised this issue in Parliament twice to ask for details about this “military… Read More

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai must explain the haste and hurry to declare and claim that the suspected wreckage found on Reunion Island is from MH370

Media Statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong in Johor on 7th August 2015 Since a piece of flaperon from a plane wing was discovered on the shores of Reunion Island on 29 July, Malaysian authorities were naturally inclined to investigate speculation that the debris belonged to the… Read More

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai must explain the haste and hurry to declare and claim that the suspected wreckage found on Reunion Island is from MH370

Media Statement by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong in Johor on 7th August 2015 Since a piece of flaperon from a plane wing was discovered on the shores of Reunion Island on 29 July, Malaysian authorities were naturally inclined to investigate speculation that the debris belonged to the… Read More

Post-Cold War defense policy still overly concentrated on Army, Peninsular Malaysia

Speech by DAP National Political Education Director and MP for Kluang Liew Chin Tong while debating the Defense Ministry’s budget at the Committee stage in Parliament Issued on 19th November 2014 It’s time for Malaysia’s Defense Policy to leave the Cold War mould and base itself on new realities in order to face the new… Read More

In a post communist era, the paramilitary force should not eclipse the growing needs of the criminal investigation department

In the light of the rising crime rate especially the recent spate of high-profile shootings, the Malaysian public looks to the Royal Malaysian Police for answers, but the police themselves are swamped and overworked.   Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar was reported as saying that due to acute shortage of investigating officers,… Read More

RM6 billion warships

1. I was asked by the press to comment on the latest announcement by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the government has agreed to allocate RM6bil to build six second generation patrol vessels for the Royal Malaysian Navy. 2. The decision raises questions at four levels, namely a) strategic need, b)… Read More

Call for external investigation on the disappearance of a RM 50 million F-5E fighter engine

It is time for the establishment of an external inquiry, either in the form of a Parliamentary Select Committee or a Royal Commission, into the disappearance of a RM 50 million F-5E fighter engine. Despite Minister of Defence Dato Seri Zahid Hamidi promising to “leave no stone unturned”, a grossly inadequate internal inquiry is being… Read More

Opposition depending on half-truths, says minister

Most of the defence information the opposition shadow committee has is based on half-truths and information trawled from the Internet. Defence Minister Dr Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, here for the Langkawi International Maritime and Aero-space Exhibition 2009, said the opposition was “struggling” to get information. He was answering a question on whether the Defence… Read More