KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 — Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today Malaysian military assets are constantly being upgraded and maintained to ensure international standards.
He reminded the public that the government does have allocation for military spending and requested that the public stop assuming that the government does not do much for the military.
Speaking to a press conference, Hishammuddin was commenting on yesterday’s incident where a Royal Malaysian Airforce Charlie 130 (C130) was forced to perform an emergency landing due to faulty landing gear.
“The Chief of Air Force has informed me that fortunately no one was hurt. There are no details at the moment but normally the investigation will be conducted by the Air Force,” Hishammuddin told the press, referring to General Tan Sri Affendi Buang.
“Currently we have allocated upgrade costs for the Charlie 130, the Nuri, our Hawks and submarines. It’s all included in the 2018 Budget but we did not go into details when it was tabled.
“The frame of the C130 is still very good but there are better equipment that can be utilised for the C130 and we have plans for upgrade,” he said, adding that he does not wish to focus purely on the C130 because of yesterday’s incident because other assets will be upgraded too.
Hishammuddin also called for the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the Royal Malaysian Navy to speak up whenever the government has allocated funds to upgrade their assets and equipment.
“Without the support of the government and Ministry of Defence, there’s no way their aircrafts can fly safely right now. We can’t avoid one or two incidents as it is bound to happen anywhere,” he said.
He also added that the government is looking to increase air presence over Malaysian waters under the purview of the Air Force with the purchase of maritime patrol aircraft.