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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