Strengthen our preparation to protect national sovereignty through a holistic approach. The ever-expanding defence and security landscape exposes Malaysia to increasing threats – cyber, health, nutrition and so on. Therefore, a cross-government approach needs to be established.
Why we should be kinder to Rohingya refugees
I read with distress and alarm the heightened publicity attacks against the Rohingyas and other migrants by Home Minister Dato Seri Hamzah Zainuddin and Immigration Director-General Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud.…
Malaysia’s Long Overdue Defence Reforms: Jettisoning the Age of Innocence
The age of innocence that has dominated Malaysia’s attitude towards defence matters in the past three decades needs to be jettisoned. Given mounting threats in its external environment, Malaysia needs…
Learn from our mistakes – Detaining Undocumented Foreign Workers Worsens Prison Overcrowding and Exacerbates Covid-19 Spread
MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP MALAYSIA FOR THE REFORM OF PRISONS AND ALL PLACES OF DETENTION 3 JUNE 2021 1. Dato’ Seri Hamzah Bin Zainudin, Minister of…
Covid-19: Not the time for self-defeatism
I watched Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s hour-long television interview on Sunday and came away with the sense that he has given up on dealing with Covid-19 with the…
LCS fiasco at critical crossroads
The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program is now at a difficult crossroad. The program was slated to see its first delivery in April of 2019, with the remaining ships being…
Rethinking Malaysia’s National Defence Industry
Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri recently outlined his vision of Malaysia’s defence industry as being a producer of military assets. He lists some successes so far: in producing small arms ammunition and…
Turning the police from a militarised force to a community partner
25th March 2021 marks the 214th anniversary of the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP). It has also been a year since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was instituted, with the RMP…
Vaccine passport between Malaysia and Singapore a major priority
The flow of people at the Malaysia-Singapore border is the most important factor to the Johor economy. Prior to the border closure, many Johoreans and Malaysians from other states travel to work in Singapore. Businesses in the Johor Bahru area are also highly dependent on Singaporean visitors.
Malaysia-Saudi Relations Should Be Based on the Principle of Neutrality
The interests of Malaysians must be given priority in formulating our foreign policy. The lives of our military personnel also cannot be put at stake solely for political interests.
There is no time to waste in resolving the issue of Myanmar
As fellow ASEAN member states, Malaysia has an obligation and interest in ensuring that stability and rule of law in Myanmar. As the Foreign Minister stated, Myanmar’s stability is integral to Asean’s regional integration and economic success and while Myanmar has prerogative over its own domestic political matter, this cannot be at the expense of the common good of all in the Asean region.
Malaysia should halt handing over of 1,200 Myanmar nationals to the military junta
As a leading member of ASEAN, Malaysia needs to lead regional opinion in pushing at the least the minimalist agenda of getting the junta to free all prisoners of conscience.
The Armed Forces as the Catalyst for a Rejuvenated Malaysia
At the start of 2021, it is not wrong to say that globally and domestically we live in the worst time in decades. But at the same time, we also see great potential for a reset that will bring peace, prosperity and well-being for the decades to come. The Armed Forces is one of the tools in the toolbox of Malaysia’s statecraft, or national power.