DEFENCE WHITE PAPER: DEVIL IS IN THE PROCUREMENTS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 12 Dec 2019

SUARAM is happy to see the tabling of Malaysia’s first Defence White Paper (DWP) nearly ten years after we called for one in our 2010 publication ‘Questioning Arms Spending in Malaysia: From Altantuya to Zikorsky’. As the complainant in the French courts regarding the RM7 billion Scorpene submarines scandal and the whistleblower over the RM5 billion arms deal linked to the Pergau dam scandal in the early Nineties, SUARAM is especially concerned about multi-billion arms procurements at a time when we face a trillion-ringgit national debt. It must be pointed out that although Najib Razak was the defence minister at the time, these major scandals happened under the watch of Dr Mahathir.

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VOTERS SHOULD MAKE FIGHTER JETS PURCHASE AN ELECTION ISSUE

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, Suaram Adviser 15 Feb 2018

BAE Systems’ offer to provide Malaysia a UK government-backed financing deal if it decides to replace its fleet of combat jets with the Eurofighter Typhoon should alert Malaysian voters to make this multi-billion ringgit purchase an election issue.

Malaysia has been weighing France’s Rafale jet and the Eurofighter Typhoon, built by a European consortium including Britain’s BAE, as it looks to buy up to 18 jets to replace its Russian MiG-29s,  most of which are grounded.

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