The National Defence University of Malaysia must provide new ideas and strategies that are suitable with the nation’s security and defence needs, says the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.
If Malaysia is serious in making the National Defence Industry a reality, the powers-that-be must take a long hard look at where the nation stands, figure out where it went wrong, and pivot to a position of strength.
Adopting the Foreign Military Sales approach, or a similar model, could help to address the issues of transparency and accountability, and provide an effective oversight in the defence procurement process.
The National Defence Industry is the way forward to drive Malaysia’s economic growth, writes First Admiral Dr Shaftdean Lufty Rusland and Dr Nur Surayya Mohd Saudi.
The financial strain exerted on the government by the sluggish global economy, a weak ringgit, Covid-19, and recent floods, could affect the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s long-term ability to effectively counter threats, in light of mounting tensions in the South China Sea.