Malaysian, Indonesian, and Philippine defense ministers to meet on Jan 27 for security discussions

On January 27, the Defense Ministers of Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines will meet to discuss steps to reinforce the Trilateral Cooperative Arrangement (TCA) in order to improve security in the Sulu Sea, Sulawesi, and Sabah’s east coast.

Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said he had previously indicated to his counterparts in Indonesia and the Philippines his intention to boost armed forces cooperation through the TCA.

“They have indicated agreement, and a conference of Defense Ministers comprising Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines will take place on January 27 to discuss this.”

He said at a news conference after touring Kukusan Camp that In their previous meeting, the Chief Minister of Sabah (Datuk Hajiji Noor) expressed his desire to improve security.

He said a new RM646.15 million military base will be constructed at Felda Sahabat, Lahad Datu, to improve security on Sabah’s east coast, with building set to begin this year.

“A new army brigade with an infantry battalion unit would be established during the building of the camp in an endeavor to further increase the army’s competence and readiness level in coping with present challenges,” he added.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin claimed that security operations along Sabah’s east coast worked successfully last year, adding that they were able to cope with threats such as ransom kidnappings, piracy, smuggling, illegal immigration, and insurgents.




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