Malaysia needs dramatic changes in military defense in China’s aggression: Former Deputy Defense Minister

The recent invasion of Malaysian waters by the Chinese Coast Guard has emphasized the need for drastic changes to Malaysian troops as the threat from the sea increases, said the former Deputy Defense Minister of Malaysia.

Liew Chin Tong said last week that Malaysia was involved in a “jungle war” during times of heightened maritime threat as Chinese Coast Guard and Navy vessels repeatedly invaded Malaysia’s waters. South China Morning Post reported..

“Unfortunately, due to inertia, Malaysia behaves as if jungle warfare is still the main form of conflict, concentrating security resources on the Malaysian Peninsula and coloring it from a land-based perspective,” Liew said. Said at a webinar held in Singapore.

Liu, who served as Deputy Defense Minister under Pakatan Harapan from 2018 to 2020, said the government’s annual allocation of MYR 550 million ($ 131 million) to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency was “very unsatisfactory. Enough. “

He said that most of the Coast Guard vessels donated by the Navy and foreign donors are dilapidated because the Coast Guard cannot afford the fuel used to operate the fleet.

“A well-functioning Coast Guard will mitigate some of the Navy’s secondary roles, especially in patrols, and allow the Navy to focus on its primary role in preparing for war,” he said. rice field.

Malaysia previously reported that China Coast Guard and Navy vessels often invaded the territorial waters 89 times between 2016 and 2019 and remained in the area even after being turned away by the Royal Malaysian Navy. ..

Liu pointed out that China’s invasion of Malaysian waters was carried out by the Coast Guard, not the Navy, and emphasized the importance of Malaysia with an “equivalent Coast Guard” to counter the invasion of China’s Coast Guard.

“Therefore, it is important that Malaysia has an equivalent Coast Guard to respond to, rather than relying on the Marines to respond to invasions from other states,” he said.

These invasions occurred in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is a highly disputed region where Beijing claims 90% of the sea based on the so-called “nine-dash line”.

The Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia and Taiwan all claim to compete in the disputed sea.

Malaysia has sent six diplomatic protests to China, including one in 2017, in response to a Chinese memo alleging claims to Malaysia’s offshore Sarawak fishing ground, Nankang Ansha, the National Audit Office reports. Said in the book.

In October 2021, Malaysia summoned a Chinese ambassador to Kuala Lumpur, reporting protests against “the existence and activity of Chinese ships” and a survey ship in the exclusive economic zone off the eastern Sabah and Sarawak states. ..

“Malaysia’s consistent position and actions are based on international law upholding our sovereignty and the right to sovereignty in our waters. Malaysia is also based on previous foreign ships to our waters. He was protesting the invasion, “said the Foreign Ministry.

In 2020, another Chinese research vessel conducted a one-month stand-off with Petronas’ contracted oil exploration vessel in Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. China later stated that the vessel was in normal operation.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Aldograph Redley


Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.