PM wants to optimise national security

(Bernama) PUTRAJAYA: The assets of the Malaysian Armed Forces should be upgraded to ensure that national security is at an optimum level, said its chief Jeneral Tan Sri Azizan Ariffin said.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak conveyed this message when he paid Najib a courtesy call at the Prime Minister’s Department on Thursday.

Jen Azizan, who assumed his post on Sept 1, said Najib expressed the hope of seeing the nation’s defences upheld by committed armed forces with assets capable of warding off any external threat.

“The prime minister also wants members of the armed forces to work together with the police to eliminate any threat from within the country,” he told reporters after the visit.

Jen Azizan said the meeting also discussed the management of armed forces assets and infrastructure development, as well as plans for existing assets.

“I have presented to the Prime Minister our views to develop the armed forces’ capability and its defence assets.

“We are using the 4DMAF document (agenda to transform the MAF) as a basis for developing MAF capability,“ he said.

Asked about a blog report which stated that the Malaysian battalion under the United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon needed new armoured cars urgently, Jen Azizan said no report on such a matter had been received.

“I have to study the blog report first before making any statement,” he said.

According to the blog, the Malaysian battalion was in need of new armoured cars to replace the existing ones.

The blog writer said the Condor armoured cars being used by the Malaysian team were in poor condition, and the MAF was expected to replace the vehicles in the coming months.