Hishammuddin: DSA, Natsec 2018 will continue to highlight imminent security issues
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 – The Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 will continue to highlight some of the most imminent security concerns of today, including counter-terrorism and cyber security, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He said with the addition of the National Security Asia (NatSec Asia) 2018 Exhibition, held for the first time this year, it provides a platform for participating members to address national security concerns collectively as a region in the face of new and unfamiliar threats.
He pointed out that from Asian tsunami disaster to the Arab Spring, the Global Financial Crisis to lone wolf attacks in capitals of the world such as Paris, Sydney, Istanbul and Bangkok, and the recent siege in Marawi City (in the Philippines), it had showed that adversities often come when the people least expect it and that uncertainty is the new norm in today’s world, whether in politics, economics, defence or security.
“These events have forced global citizens to accept that uncertainty is a permanent part of our lives. The only way forward for us is to be prepared at all times,” he said in his speech at the DSA 2018 official opening ceremony, here today.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi officiated the event.
Hishammuddin said as ministers in charge of public safety, he and Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, understand that they should never leave the fate of the people to chance.
“We are both in the business of protecting lives and serving the people. We need to be prepared at all times for calamities we may never have expected in the first place.
“We owe it to our people to be able to protect them and defend their interests. They need to know that they can place their trust in our defence and security capabilities, and therefore, we must never fail them,” he said.
Hishammuddin said Malaysia has always championed the importance of greater regional unity, particularly in the area of defence and security.
“It is for this very reason that we continue to champion the DSA series, as it provides an opportunity for us to cultivate a sense of mutual understanding and trust between our nations at a very fundamental level. Solidarity is one of the most powerful tools we have in our fight against terrorism,” he said.
He said from its humble beginnings in the 1980s, the DSA show had evolved and adapted to remain relevant and important as the premier event in the defence and security industry.
As a firm placeholder in the Top 5 League, the DSA remains a crucial platform to facilitate and forge greater collaborations and alliances not only between businesses but also nations, he added.
DSA also provides the opportunity for knowledge-exchange and ideas-sharing between industry captains, government leaders, as well as heads of defence and security, in the interest of forging mutual trust and cooperation between the relevant parties.
The combination of Natsec Asia 2018 and DSA 2018 symbolises the strong cooperation and collaboration between the military units and the police as well as other security agencies.
“I believe, this unified and holistic approach in upholding national security and public safety is where our future lies,”Hishammuddin said.
According to Hishammuddin, one of the highlights of DSA 2018 is the Network Centric Operations (NCO) demonstration at the Army Pavilion while special Business-to-Business (B2B) platforms and MoU signing ceremonies will also be organised throughout the duration of DSA to facilitate the forging of new and mutually-beneficial collaborations between the public and private sectors. — Bernama