Malaysia’s newly formed government will conduct its own internal probe and audit in regard to defense spending under the previous administration, the new Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu has said.
“We will investigate. If it is based on hearsay, it can have a negative effect on the image of individuals or departments. If there are (issues and scandals) with evidence obtained from detailed investigation and internal audits and, if necessary, we will use external audits, and if serious, we will take it to the Cabinet. We will not act wildly based on what we hear,” Sabu was quoted as saying in his first address to the press by Today Online Tuesday.
Mohamad said he needed to get the complete information of all Malaysian Armed Forces services before looking in detail at issues and scandals within the MAF, including the purchase of the Scorpene submarines as well as other issues which were raised by non-governmental organisations.
A former aide to Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak was placed under formal investigation in August last year as part of an alleged kickbacks probe into purchase of two Scorpene submarines from French shipyard DCNS (now Naval group) in 2002.
The accused Razak Baginda, who was an advisor to Najib was arrested after Malaysian human rights group Suaram claimed that a commission of $130 million was being siphoned off to a company linked to Najib in the Eur 1 billion sale. Two French former defense industry executives were also placed under investigation as part of the same probe in September last year.
The Malaysian Ministry of Defense announced the acquisition of 18 units of 105LG1 artillery systems for the Army Forces during one of the largest defense services exhibition in Asia, DSA&NATSEC 2018. This 3-year contract will start by November 2019 with the first delivery of 6 light guns and the last delivery is due to take place in February 2020
Kongsberg has entered into contract worth 124 million euros ($153 million) with the Royal Malaysian Navy for delivery of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to their six new Littoral Combat Ships. Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd is building the ships based on Naval Groups Gowind Class design
Leonardo, with the support of the UKs 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysias Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcatsare part of the French Navys five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne dArc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) is seeking high technology unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to boost its air defence capabilities. Air Force chief Tan Sri Affendi Buang was quoted as saying by Bernama that RMAF was aware the uses of UAV technology had many advantages apart from functioning more extensively
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will set up a technical team to evaluate several types of maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) following government approval of the purchase of the surveillance aircraft as announced in the 2018 Budget recently. The technical team will analyse several aspects of the contender's aircraft and choose the best option which fits the RMAF requirements, RMAF Chief, Gen Tan Sri Affendi Buang was quoted as saying by
Russia has offered airplanes to Malaysia during a bilateral meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday. “He (Putin) raised a possibility of selling their airplanes to us
Chinas Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group started building a warship, the second littoral mission ship (LMS) for Malaysia in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province. The new LMS is contracted by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group under China Shipbuilding Industry Co
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